Fossil Fuels

Our wisest long-term investment is not in the dirty polluting fossil fuels from the past, but in the clean energy of the future - London Breed

Fossil Fuels

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Climate explained: could the world stop using fossil fuels today?

It is not feasible to immediately stop extracting and using fossil fuels. The global economy, human health and livelihoods currently depend heavily on oil, coal and gas. But over time, we need to displace fossil fuels with low-carbon renewable energy sources.

The first priority should be on switching to renewable energy, not just for electricity but also for heating, cooling and transport fuels. It will be much harder to substitute fossils fuels used for chemical processing, such as the manufacture of plastics or fertiliser, but it is technically possible with biomass (organic material from plants and animals).

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