What are the environmental impacts of energy?

Published on September 29, 2022 by

Energy production takes its toll on the environment. In this lecture, Dr. Scott Tinker will discuss the environmental impacts of energy. Production of energy is coupled by release of gaseous, solid, and/or liquid wastes in the environment. Gases such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and sulfur dioxide emitted during energy production can facilitate global warming, ozone layer depletion, and acid rain. Although we have improved in managing these wastes, as a global community we are still lagging behind. Other environmental concerns from energy production include land and water use. The challenge is to minimize the environmental costs of energy production, while keeping it affordable.

This video satisfies the 4-ESS3-1 requirement of fourth-grade science proficiency.

Students who demonstrate understanding can: 4-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.

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