Energy is the driving force behind life and movement. Without energy there would be no life, no light, and no movement of any kind. Where the environment is concerned, the term "energy" primarily refers to the creation of electricity which is used to power the lights, machinery and equipment of businesses and households.
To produce this energy there needs to be a fuel source of some kind. Whilst great strides have been made in the last decade or two in the creation of power using environmentally-friendly methods, the majority of the world's power is still produced from fuels which release a by-product that damages the planet in some way. Fossil fuels such as coal and oil release large quantities of carbon dioxide and other harmful gases when burnt which is released into the air and contribute to the greenhouse effect, where the layer of gases prevents heat escaping into space and traps it in the earth, causing the climate to warm up and resulting in droughts and damaging weather phenomenon.
The vast quantities of natural resources used up in the generation of energy, and the resulting pollution created as a consequence, means that energy production and consumption is a primary concern and issue as far as the environment is concerned, and the potential risks that can befall all life on earth as a result of changing climates, ozone layer damage, smog, acid rain and the other negative impacts that can come about through generating energy from fossil fuels.
Even "cleaner" types of fuel such as nuclear power can have dire environmental consequences if accidents occur like an explosion which releases toxic radiation in the surrounding area, along with the need to safely dispose of spent fuel rods and nuclear waste in a manner where it cannot threaten the health and safety of anyone.
Advances in technology and increased awareness of environmental issues has led to a greater utilisation than ever before of clean, renewable sources of energy generation which do not consume finite resources or produce harmful pollutants. There are however other objections and disadvantages regarding their use, such as visual intrusions and the expense of building in quantities necessary to generate the same amount of electricity as fossil fuel burning equivalents.
Internal Pages Regarding Energy
Please use the links below to read more about the topic of energy with regards to environmental health and safety:
- Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy
- Oil and Natural Gas
- Nuclear Energy
- Wind Power
- Site Suitability for Wind Turbines
- Solar Power
- Hydroelectric Power
- Tidal Power
- Wave Power
- Biodigesters and Organic Waste
- Methane Recovery
- Light Bulbs and the Environment
- How a Simple Action Like Cleaning a Light Bulb Can Help the Environment
- Adjusting Heating and Cooling
- How Interference with Thermostats Can Be Bad for the Environment
- Paint Colours and Light Levels for the Environment
- Energy Conservation for Businesses