Non Renewable Energy Sources

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Year by year the world 's electricity needs increase. All of this electricity has to be provided some way; unfortunately, our world has become reliant on unclean energy sources, such as coal. With the effects of climate change becoming more and more prevalent it is important that the worlds electricity sources need to be reconsidered. Renewable energy technology has advanced greatly and costs have greatly decreased. On the other hand, non-renewable sources are being depleted and costs rising, this is leading to cost of energy production becoming another factor. The cost of non-renewable sources are increasing and the world is seeing the drastic effects of climate change due to pollution, a transition to clean, renewable energy sources can …show more content…
From 1960 to 2012, 63% more garbage is being created, 4.28 pounds per person per day compared to only 2.68 pounds in 1960. There are three materials that have the most impact when recycled- glass, metal, and paper. When 10 glass-containers are recycled, enough energy is saved to power a TV for over two hours. Metals have an even bigger impact, recycling six aluminum cans saves enough power for a laptop to run for 31 hours. Lastly, the average U.S. household could be powered by the energy savings from recycling just one ton of paper. On the contrary, plastics are not as impactful as they are commonly perceived. Although plastics should still be recycled, they can only be reused a certain number of times before they become ineffective …show more content…
It 's important that they lead the way with transitioning to renewable energies. Google, one of several leaders making an impact. The company has been carbon neutral, they 've reduced and offset their carbon output to zero, since 2007. They are also advancing data center technology and 50% less energy is used than the typical data center ("Google Green."). Apple is also turning green. Currently under construction is the Apple Campus 2, the new Apple headquarters. They plan to power the entire campus 100% by renewable energy, plant at least 7,000 new trees, and use recycled materials. In the United States the typical office buildings use about 500 kWh per square meter a year, Apple plans on their new headquarters use roughly half of that, 257 kWh per square meter every year (Hering). This example, practically cutting energy usage in half, shows the world that being carbon neutral is

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