Fossil fuels

Fuels such as oil, natural gas, and mineral coal – fossilized plant residues – that are buried in the Earth’s crust and reached their present state through chemical reactions over long periods of time. They are produced by the continuous decomposition of organic animal and plant matter through geological eras. Their production is extremely slow – much slower than the current consumption rate – and therefore, not renewable on the human timescale.

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Externality

Externality

The fact of existing outside the perceiving subject. This economic phenomenon can be categorized as positive or negative when, in the price of the good placed on the market, the social gains and losses resulting from its production or consumption, respectively, are...

Carbon dioxide (CO2)

Carbon dioxide (CO2)

Gas naturally present in the atmosphere, accounting for approximately 0.036% of all of the atmospheric gases, and also emitted from the burning of fossil fuels and biomass, land use changes, and other industrial processes. It is one of the main greenhouse gases and...