By: Chad Rossouw
Tourists will also not visit river areas. People who make a living out of guiding down rivers, such as the orange river in South Africa, will also struggle to make a living. Who would want to paddle down a poisoned river? As a huge part of the fun is swimming, fishing, racing, and having splashing competitions, it is not enjoyable if the river is poisoned.
This is a photo of a rainforest killed by acid rain. The acid rain does not directly kill the trees, but is absorbed into the soil. The acid rain removes all the nutrients from the soil, and the trees die.
Acid rain poisons rivers, and although the acid can not directly kill humans, smaller creatures such as fish can easily die. This greatly affects the income of fisherman.
Emissions of 2015
As you can see, more than half of the emissions of 2015 were caused by energy production and distribution. Therefore, by using clean energy, we can greatly reduce the amount of emissions released into the atmosphere.
Preventing Acid Rain
Production of clean electricity does not involve the release of any pollutants, therefore no dangerous chemicals will be sent into the atmosphere. Since acid rain is caused by chemicals released in the burning of fuel, if there are no chemicals then there will be no acid rain.
However a problem with this is that clean energy is very expensive, and therefore can take a long time to put into effect.
Another problem is that certain types of clean energy need a source, which is either not sustainable or is hard to find. An example is wind energy. Because the wind is not always blowing, the source unsustainable. Hydroelectricity needs a flowing water source to create power, and in some environments such as the desert this is hard to find. Solar energy depends on the sun, and often the sky is cloudy.
Another disadvantage with renewable energy is that it is difficult to generate the quantities of electricity that are as large as those produced by fossil fuel generators. This may mean that we need to reduce the amount of energy we use or simply build more energy facilities, which would be very expensive.
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