Below are the few ways
electricity is produced.
Burning of coal
For every kilowatt
of electricity produced by burning coal,
about 2.095 pounds of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere,
harming the ozone layer. This way of producing electricity is the most
polluting way of producing electricity. It also reaps greater amounts
electricity. Not only does this way of producing electricity harms the
environment, it also causes lung cancer to humans.
When nuclear fission occured, no harmful gases or CO2 is released STRAIGHT. However,
when the plant construction and the overall cycle are taken into account,
increases about 400% than that of renewable energy.
of natural gas
About 1.32 pounds
of carbon dioxide is emitted into the
atmosphere for every kilowatt of electricity produced. It is estimated
half of the natural gases on/in Earth have not been discovered or used
yet. However, the gases remained is in much smaller portion than what
had been left years ago.
This type of electricity is rather common and popular in the west countries (America etc). However, effects of buildings dams
have often been underestimated. Huge amounts
of lands, which are homes of living being plants and animals alike, are
also destroyed. The population
of fish is also affected when their habitat is destroyed. This could
unbalanced food chain due to the sudden decrease of fishes, causing
species to go extinct.
These are some of the
ways that electricity is produced. As we can see, majority of the ways
does harm to the environment. The ozone layer is affected due to the
carbon dioxide that is emitted, lives of animals and plants are lost to
make way for hydroelectric dams. It is just not worth it. We are
harming the environment just to produce electricity for all of us. If
we were to start conserving electricity, we can also help the
The pie chart below
shows where US got its electricity.