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(1a) Explain the classification of the selected energy resources - coal, terms of social acceptance, economic costs and environmental impacts.

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´╗┐Energy Security (1a) Explain the classification of the selected energy resources (10) Figure 1 has classed the selected energy resources in terms of social acceptance, economic costs and environmental impacts. For instance coal is said to have high social acceptability meaning more people prefer or specifically accept its use, allowing it to become a popular energy source. Therefore it is implied that although coal is a finite and non-renewable energy source it remains to be a favoured source of energy. ...read more.

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Whereas Nuclear Power may be ?greener? or eco-friendly in comparison to fossil fuels such as coal meaning it has a ?low environmental impact?, but the occurrence of low social acceptability stops many countries from adopting the concept. People dislike Nuclear Power as they are aware of the disposable waste it produces, which takes thousands of years to eliminate. Additionally, nuclear disasters in countries like Japan have allowed the world to visualise the dangerous implications and consequences of Nuclear Power which prevent people supporting the cause. ...read more.

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Renewable energy was previously a high contributor towards producing energy, however after the industrial revolution the likes of fossil fuels emerged as the new energy power. Therefore, renewable energy sources like wind power towards 4% of global energy production. Though such energy is sustainable and ideal to adapt in a world short of resources, it has a low rate of social acceptance. Renewable energy sources may have low environmental impacts, but such resources are proved to be expensive with low energy densities. Also, the idea wind power infrastructure causes noise pollution for local residents and ruins landscapes explains the reason why many people are not drawn towards it. ...read more.

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