The first of the fossil fuels to be exploited was coal. Early industrialization in the 1800s, relied on coal to power everything from train transportation, to factories, to electrical generation and even home heating. Today, coal is primarily used for producing electricity or in specific industrial applications like steel manufacturing. Petroleum (Oil) is primarily used for transportation and Methane (gas) is both for heating and electrical production.
(1) Using the text as reference: (a) describe the "fossil fuel cycle" (b) its environmental impacts, and its occupational risks. Is it a true cycle? This should be 1-2 paragraphs in length.
(2) The use of fossil fuels also has a significant impact on respiratory disease. Explain. And, be sure to include which pollutants are produced through the burning of the fuels and the particular health impacts of each. (1 paragraph or a table)
(3) Watch the film: GASLAND. Found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mp4ELXKv-w What stood out to you? How did the film reinforce the material in the text and your answers to part 1 and 2. Also, explain three ways the film increased or deepened your understanding of the impacts of our reliance on gas. (2-3 paragraphs)