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Sustainable take - Question 3 More than six and a half billion people in the world burn fuel to keep warm to provide electricity to light our homes

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Question 3 More than six and a half billion people in the world burn fuel to keep warm, to provide electricity to light our homes and to run industry. We burn these fuels to move about using cars, buses, boats, trains, and airplanes without any real knowledge of the damage we are doing. Although this is somewhat necessary, the burning of fuel produces carbon dioxide, which is released to the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have risen from about 270 parts per million before the industrial age to about 380 parts per million in 2006, a 31% increase since 1870. At this rate, carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere will increase to about 700 parts per million by 2100. This will in turn result in a climate change, affecting the sea level, rainfall/storms, seasonal changes, and quality of life. Some steps have been made toward solving the CO2 problem through: the Kyoto Protocol, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), and Renewable Energy Development. On February 16, 2005, the Kyoto Protocol entered into force. The objective of the protocol is the "stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations [Carbon Dioxide] in the
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course ME 295 taught by Professor Dubs during the Spring '08 term at Vermont.

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Sustainable take - Question 3 More than six and a half billion people in the world burn fuel to keep warm to provide electricity to light our homes

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