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Ch 15: Nonrenewable Resources

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Watch online video lessons to learn about the environmental impacts of using fossil fuels, such as oil and natural gas, and nuclear power. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these nonrenewable resource topics.

Nonrenewable Resources - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

You probably have heard an array of excuses as to why gas prices shoot sky high. Perhaps you have also heard about nonrenewable resources when people refer to gasoline. What is a nonrenewable resource? Why is this something important? Does it relate to gas prices? This chapter will introduce you to the idea of nonrenewable resources. You'll learn what they are, how we use them and the dangers that we face in the future concerning these resources. Specific things you can expect to learn include:

  • The definition of fossil fuels
  • About world energy consumption
  • Impacts of coal mining
  • About the availability of oil and natural gas
  • An alternative in nuclear energy

VideoObjectives
What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages Learn about coal, oil and natural gas to learn why they are nonrenewable.
Energy Consumption of The World: The Differences in Consumption Between Developing and Developed Nations Examine the total energy consumption in highly develop and developing countries.
Coal Mining: Environmental Impacts and Technologies Used to Make Cleaner Coal Explore the environmental problems associated with using coal and technologies that can be used to make coal cleaner.
Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: Availability, Extraction and Use Discover the current state of oil and natural gas reserves, and study the environmental problems caused by using oil and natural gas.
Shale Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing and Environmental Concerns Analyze unconventional fossil fuels, including oil shale, shale gas and methane hydrates.
What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition and Examples Study nuclear energy and the pros and cons of electric power produced by nuclear energy vs. coal.
Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns Find out about the safety issues associated with nuclear power plants and the risks associated with the storage of radioactive wastes.

7 Lessons in Chapter 15: Nonrenewable Resources
What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

1. What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

Fossil fuels are sources of energy that have developed within the earth over millions of years. Because fossil fuels - oil, natural gas, and coal - take so long to form, they are considered nonrenewable. Learn more about these fuels, including the pros and cons of using them.

Energy Consumption of The World: The Differences in Consumption Between Developing and Developed Nations

2. Energy Consumption of The World: The Differences in Consumption Between Developing and Developed Nations

Energy consumption is greater in developed nations than in developing nations. However, as the economy of a developing nation improves, the global energy consumption increases. Learn more about the differences in energy consumption around the world.

Coal Mining: Environmental Impacts and Technologies Used To Make Cleaner Coal

3. Coal Mining: Environmental Impacts and Technologies Used To Make Cleaner Coal

Coal is an abundant fuel source, but burning coal is problematic for the environment. In this lesson, you will learn about clean coal technologies, such as coal washing, flue gas desulfurization systems, low-NOx burners, gasification, and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: Availability, Extraction and Use

4. Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: Availability, Extraction and Use

Oil and natural gas reserves are found underground and must be extracted using a drilling method. In this lesson you will learn about the many uses of oil and natural gas, the availability of these valuable resources and how they are extracted.

Shale Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing and Environmental Concerns

5. Shale Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing and Environmental Concerns

Shale gas is a type of natural gas that is found trapped within sedimentary rock. It is extracted using a procedure called hydraulic fracturing. In this lesson, you will learn about hydraulic fracturing and the environmental concerns raised by use of this extraction technique.

What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition & Examples

6. What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition & Examples

You've probably heard of nuclear energy. But what is it? And what is the difference between fusion and fission? This lesson will answer your questions about this exciting form of energy that involves atoms and their nuclei.

Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns

7. Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns

Nuclear power can generate electricity without greenhouse gas emissions. However, there are concerns about its safety. Learn about the safety and health concerns associated with the threat of nuclear meltdowns, as well as the challenges involved in storing radioactive waste.

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