Introductory Biology for Non-Science Majors
Houston is known as the Energy Capital of the world.
Burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas transfers carbon from underground to
the atmosphere. The U.S. emits more carbon than any other nation (28%).
Atmospheric carbon acts as a blanket around the globe; increasing levels are resulting in
Spread of disease vectors, more severe storms, droughts and heat waves, rise in sea level,
disruption of world food supply, and millions of climate refugees will result from global warming2.
Industrialized nations project a dramatic increase in fossil fuel consumption in the coming
decades, resulting in a 39% increase in carbon dioxide emissions by 20153.
Sustainability will require a shift from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy4.
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