Nonrenewable Energy Sorces and Energy Conservation

The following questions should be answered using APA format with an in text citation for each response.

Please use the uploaded textbook for the majority of the questions.

Laposata, M. & Withgott, J., (2012). Essential Environment. The Science Behind the Stories. (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River NJ. Pearson Education.

  1. What is the difference between a renewable energy and a nonrenewable energy source?
  2. How can a scientist determine the net energy available in a fossil fuel deposit?
  3. What are the three fossil fuels upon which humans rely?
  4. From what specific types of organisms do each of the three fuels listed in number three come?
  5. What countries are the primary producers of each of the fuels listed in number three? What countries are the largest consumers of those fuels?
  6. What is the difference between primary and secondary extraction of fossil fuel deposits?
  7. What are some advantages and disadvantages of offshore drilling?
  8. Describe two ways that developed nations are trying to make their use of fossil fuels more efficient
  9. Name one advantage and one disadvantage to nuclear power.
  10. How does the knowledge that the global supply of fossil fuels is quickly dwindling affect your day to day activities with regard to fossil fuel use?
  11. What are the differences between renewable and clean energy sources?
  12. Why is the combustion of biomass considered to add no net gain in atmospheric carbon dioxide?
  13. When can biomass use as an energy source become nonrenewable?
  14. What is co­firing? Discuss advantages and disadvantages to co­firing as a means to generate electricity.
  15. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of growing corn for use in ethanol production.
  16. Name and describe the three major approaches to using hydropower to generate electricity.
  17. How can solar radiation be used passively?
  18. Describe the costs and benefits of using photovoltaic cells for the generation of electricity.
  19. What are some of the associated problems with harvesting wind energy?
  20. What are hydrogen fuel cells? Why are they thought to be an important storage unit for renewable energy?
  21. Name and describe the four main categories of waste discussed in this unit.
  22. What is the waste stream?
  23. What is the primary purpose of an industrial ecologist?
  24. What types of wastes are classified as hazardous?
  25. Why is illegal dumping of hazardous waste common?
  26. What is e­waste and why are some organizations lobbying that e­waste should be classified as hazardous waste?
  27. What are some of the benefits and costs of incinerating waste before putting it into a landfill?
  28. List and describe each of the three R’s discussed in this topic.
  29. Name an action that you can take for each of the three R’s described in #8.
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