Worldwide energy consumption varies dramatically, but the impacts are shared by all. The most commonly used fuel sources for energy around the world are the fossil fuels: coal, oil, and natural gas. Combustion of fossil fuels releases pollutants into the atmosphere, where the emissions from all countries combine to cause local, regional, and global issues. One of the primary pollutants of concern is carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. Carbon dioxide emissions are responsible for climate change, and governments around the world have taken steps to control carbon dioxide levels, but not all countries are successful in reducing carbon emissions.
While all countries produce pollution, and emit greenhouse gases, the emissions are greatly unequal across the globe. Consider what kinds of factors would determine how much energy is used by a country, a region, a household, or an individual. What factors would influence the fuel choices made by these people and institutions?
In this Assignment, you will be using knowledge you have gained from the Reading assignments in your textbook. You can also use the Library and other scientifically-based sources to support your assignment. Please keep in mind that Wikipedia is not considered a reliable resource.
Conduct research to determine the common fuel sources, sources of emissions, and applicable regulations of a country of your choice and create a PowerPoint presentation designed to educate your classmates.
- Define fossil fuels, non-renewable energy, and renewable energy. Provide examples of each.
- Identify a country that uses a fossil fuel as its primary source of energy.
- Discuss why the country continues to rely on fossil fuels.
- Provide examples of manufactured products or agriculture that are dependent upon fossil fuel use in that country. Consider the level of industrialization in the country and discuss.
- Discuss both the local and global impacts of the continued use of fossil fuels. Reflect on the environmental, human health, and economic concerns in both the long- and short-term. Be specific and detailed in your discussion.
- Identify at least one regulation or law that the country put in place to reduce or control emissions or air pollution. Discuss the regulation or law and what factors it is designed to address. How effective has this regulation or law been? Have emissions or pollution levels decreased?
- What solutions or new regulations would you implement in order to reduce fossil fuel usage in the country you chose? You can look to other countries around the world or the United Nations for examples of energy and emissions regulations.
- Global efforts are being made to reduce fossil fuel usage and pollution. Countries must work together to solve these problems. Analyze possible cultural differences and diversity concepts that would emerge if you recommended your changes stated above to another country? For example, what language barriers or religious and social differences would you encounter? Describe how countries can bridge cultural differences through strategic partnerships.