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By Neil Schlager, Jayne Weisblatt

This three-volume set introduces researchers to matters surrounding either present strength resources and replacement strength recommendations. whereas there's major dialogue of the non-renewable assets now used to fulfill nearly all of the world's power wishes (oil, coal and traditional gas), the first concentration of the set is on more moderen concepts to satisfy the ever-growing call for. those ideas contain wind and solar power, gas cells, hydropower, geothermal energy and biomass power. moreover, extra theoretical resources also are explored, together with chilly fusion, 0 element strength and common forces. Entries speak about the technological know-how in the back of the power resource, striking scientists and medical discoveries, present examples of use, and the problems, demanding situations and hindrances to large-scale use. prepared alphabetically by means of access identify.

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These include oil spills, which typically happen during the transportation of petroleum; the destruction done by drilling for oil; contamination from oil wells and pipelines; and air pollution. Drilling for oil, for instance, requires massive pieces of equipment and results in giant holes in the ground. Contamination happens when oil seeps into local soil and water. The people who live near oil wells and refineries sometimes suffer health problems as a result of exposure to petroleum. When gasoline burns, it releases carbon dioxide and water into the atmosphere.

Andrew Holbrooke/Corbis. is reflected back into space. When greenhouse gases get into the atmosphere, they act like the walls of a greenhouse, holding the heat in so that it cannot escape back to space. Ordinarily, this would be a good thing, because life on Earth depends on keeping some of the sun’s heat on the surface. Since the industrial revolution, however, the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has increased. The amount of carbon dioxide has increased 30 percent; the amount of methane has increased 100 percent; and the amount of nitrous oxide has risen 15 percent.

Some experts believe that oil production will peak by 2020 and that current oil reserves will run out by 2050, if not earlier. Other experts disagree, believing that there are enough oil reserves to provide for the world’s energy needs throughout the twenty-first century. Many areas in the Middle East and Russia are still unexplored. Oil companies can now drill in much deeper parts of the ocean than they previously could; oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico now drill into wells below 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) of water.

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