To meet increasing global energy demands and reduce environmental impact, countries around the world will need to combine renewable and non-renewable energy sources.
Which of the following is an environmental consequence of resource exploitation?
Higher energy prices as resources are depleted, eg increase in petrol prices and domestic fuel bills in the UK
Increased carbon emissions cause global warming with consequences including climate change and sea levels rising due to melting ice caps
The gap between rich and poor becomes more evident
Which of the following is NOT a way to limit the damage caused by humans to the environment?
Recycling resources reduces waste
Increasing usage of fossil fuels
Which of the following is an advantage of nuclear power?
Set up costs are relatively low
Can be sited close to urban areas where energy is needed
A small amount of radioactive material produces a lot of energy
Which of the following is a disadvantage of using wood as an energy source?
Wood can be expensive
When burned it gives off atmospheric pollutants, including greenhouse gases
Wood burning facilities are time consuming to set up
By 2020, the EU has decided that what percentage of the UK’s energy must come from renewable sources?
15 per cent
50 per cent
10 per cent
Which of the following is an advantage of solar power?
It produces clean energy and is free once set up
It is easy to store
It is constant and reliable