Can We End our Fossil Fuel Addiction by 2050? [infographic]

By in Featured, Learning on 27th January

Since the Industrial Revolution, the world has been hooked on fossil fuels.

This fatal addiction has us living on borrowed time, facing ecological and economic ruin by 2050. At present we remain dangerously over-reliant on fossil-fuel power.

However, it’s not too late – if we take steps in the right direction we can beat our addiction.

To safeguard the future, we must spark an energy revolution.

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How Can We End Our Fossil Fuel Addiction by 2050? An environmental infographic from Arbtech.

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Sources:

Geothermal – eia.gov What is the potential of solar energy? – energyinformative.org Wood-fuelled heating – energysavingtrust.org.uk Greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator – epa.gov The carbon plan: delivering our low carbon future – gov.uk How to boost clean energy and efficiency in Europe and what it would mean – greenpeace.org.uk Energy revolution: a sustainable USA energy outlook – greenpeace.org Energy revolution: a sustainable USA energy outlook: executive summary – greenpeace.org End fossil fuel burning, save $71 trillion – and preserve civilization as we know it – grist.org Key world energy statistics 2014 – iea.org Tracking clean energy progress 2014 – iea.org Energy technology perspectives 2014 – iea.org Technology roadmap: wind energy 2013 edition – iea.org Climate change 2014: synthesis report – ipcc.ch Climate change effects on human health: projections of temperature-related mortality for the UK during the 2020s, 2050s, and 2080s – jech.bmj.com 2013 Energy and Climate Outlook – mit.edu Global warming and changes in drought – nature.com Can a collapse of global civilization be avoided? – rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org Benefits of renewable energy use – ucusa.org Dostrovsky, I. ‘Chemical Fuels from the Sun’ in Scientific American 265(6), pp.50-66, quoted in Pickering, K.T. and Owen, L. An Introduction to Global Environmental Issues (New York: Routledge, 2006), p.275

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6 Comments So Far

  1. Why do you always ignore the big picture, and the easy solution?
    The easy solution is at your next meal. By adopting a healthy, compassionate diet, the energy and global warming issues are handled.
    This is common knowledge, proven in many studies, but for whatever reason, you won’t mention it???
    I don’t believe in conspiracies, but mass illusions are obvious, your emperor has no clothes!
    Fortunately, as soon as an someone, maybe a child, speaks the truth, we can all wake up, and gain personal and global health.
    I urge you to be that voice and to tell the whole truth of the problem and solution.
    Thanks for listening…
    Dennis

    • So, if I understand you correctly, you are saying that the whole issue could be resolved by people changing their dietary habits in some way (that you chose not to elucidate), regardless of the rate of increase with which we explore for and burn fossil fuels? Respectfully, I’m going to go ahead and call BS on that one. I’ve not seen a single piece of research to support what you’re saying.

      • I beg your pardon, I thought this was common knowledge. I suggest you google diet and the environment and you’l be inundated with the references. You might start with the UN Climate report from a few years ago that stated that the livestock industry adds 17% more greenhouse gases to the environment than the transportation industry. Spoiler alert: if you adopt a healthy and compassionate diet you’ll do more to save the planet than if you gave up all forms of motorized transportation or products and services transported using fossil fuels or their derivatives.
        And, its not all or nothing, doesn’t require retooling industry, or major manufacturing nor technological changes…its a menu choice, easy and immediate.
        So, it’s not BS, but that does have something to do with it!
        Thanks for caring about the environment…the good news is that everyone can have the easiest, most impactful, positive effect beginning at their next meal.

  2. Changing your diet may help, especially if you can grow your own (not practical for many people), but with such a massive population we can`t meet demands without imported food. Locally sourced meat products are a good idea, boosting local business and reducing carbon emissions, but again it can’t meet demands.
    The world creates billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide a year through the burning of fossil fuels, transport, energy, heating…. the list goes on. Coal is finite, as is oil.
    Renewable energy is a must, not a maybe or an if. Look on the bright side, we are seeing the dawn of a new era, the end of fossil fuels, and the beginning of renewable sources. Note the word ‘Beginning’ technology will advance, and renewable energy will become more and more efficient.
    We can`t carry on as we are, atmospheric c02 emissions have peaked over 400ppm for over a month for the first time in human history, through ice core data it has shown never to have been this high for 800,000 years.
    We have already trashed habitats and ecosystems worldwide, are we now intent on trashing the very thing that enables us to be here? If we do, life will continue and persist, it just won`t include the human species.

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