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Fossil Fuels: Health and the Environment

Fossil fuels are made out of the remains of ancient plants and animals. As time passed by, humans found a way to make use of them as a source of energy. They used fossil fuels for transportation and electricity. To be able to transform fossil fuels into a source of energy, they have to be burned. But the problem with this is that it causes the emission of harmful gases into the air which causes air pollution. Pollution, as we all know, is bad for the health of the people and even animals. Pollution can cause cancer, respiratory problems, and neurological diseases. On the environmental side, the harmful gases emitted by fossil fuels contribute to global warming or the gradual increase in our planet’s overall temperature. Their short-term effects include acid rain which causes the acidity level of the land and water to change. This, in turn, would be harmful to the organisms that depend on these resources for their survival.

Perhaps the most harmful effect of fossil fuels is not felt immediately. But in the long run, they would cause the deterioration of our environment. Fossil fuels are considered nonrenewable energy. Examples are petroleum and coal. These are two sources of energy commonly used by humans inside their garage doors. However, the more we use them, the more damage they can cause to our environment. They cause pollution of our air, water, and land. This would pose a big threat to our health since we all rely on our environment for the very air that we breathe, When this pollution spreads, there is a big concern for the health of the people because of we the food that we eat, and the water that we drink. This is a serious global concern. That is why it is really a good thing that environmental groups are pushing for the use of alternative and renewable sources of energy to protect our environment and all the living things that dwell on it.