• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Effect of Production and Supply of Electricity on environment, Health and Society

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Victor Hinrichsen 11 PWA Physics The Effect of Production and Supply of Electricity on environment, Health and Society The production of electricity is the process of converting energy stored in fuels or drawn from the environment, into electrical energy. It holds numerous complex technologies and diverse ways of producing. Electricity can be produced in thermal power, coal, wind, hydro and nuclear stations. The diagram above shows a typical thermal power station. These electricity generating stations are fuelled by coal, oil, or gas. The electrical energy is then transmitted to centers of consumption over the electricity grid. Electricity supplies are mainly found underground and power lines. In a pumped storage power station for example, water from the upper reservoir is allowed at peak times to flow down to the lower reservoir, driving generators and supplementing the electrical supply. When there is low demand, extra power is used to pump water back up to the upper reservoir in readiness for another period of heavy demand. ...read more.

Middle

Predictions range from 40 to 60 years for gas and oil to 200 years for coal at the current rate of consumption. A more pressing problem at present is that the burning of coal, oil, and gas is producing a number of side-effects that are harmful to the environment. The accumulation of carbon dioxide, the most important greenhouse gas, over the last few decades is believed to be responsible for increasing the Earth's surface temperature. The majority of scientists specializing in this area believe that if we continue on our present path severe climatic changes may occur in a few decades. Production of electricity can benefit us with jobs. It takes hundredths to build a power station, and to keep the power stations running they would also need several hundredths. Especially in L.E.D.C. (less economically developed countries), where it is harder to find jobs. power station have, or may have many jobs available like bars, restaurants, leisure spaces, recreation facilities and others. ...read more.

Conclusion

Noise and space will also come into their reasons of opposing. Governments will also outlook the idea of a new electricity power station in their country. The government may and may not consent. They may coincide with the idea because the government wants more means of attaining or income of money. Yet they may conflict for the reason that they do not want to harm people's health, increase or spread, or even start pollution in their country. In my point of view, I think we should into more research into solar power because in this way it can cut the amount of pollution being made as well as hazards and conflicts. Using the method of solar power will help the countries in future, having a better climate etc... though this method will cause many people to be jobless and in future may cause poverty, deaths and others. So scientists must research ways of producing, or having electricity, without causing reimbursement and other difficult consequences. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Environmental Management section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Environmental Management essays

  1. I am going to research waste pollution. I have chosen to research waste pollution ...

    and landfills because; Incineration the combustion of waste at high temperatures: * Encourages more waste Incineration needs a minimum of rubbish to operate. To meet demand local authorities are abounding recycling and waste reduction plants * Uses up energy Even incinerators that generate electricity are not an energy saving option.

  2. The Impact of Man on the Environment.

    It is produces when sunlight and ozone in the atmosphere act on the oxides of nitrogen and unburnt hydrocarbons released from vehicle exhaust. This type of smog is called 'photochemical smog' to distinguish it from smoke plus fog. Carbon monoxide This gas is also a product of combustion in the engines of cars and trucks.

  1. Built Environment

    Trees are also an essential part of our ecosystem and provide a number of important functions. They are beneficial in terms of global warming by absorbing CO2. Also animals (e.g. seagulls, pigeons, butterfly), air, climate and water (e.g. river Clyde, ponds, lochs) etc, they all makeup the Glasgow's natural environment.

  2. Generating Electricity for the Future.

    Furthermore, when fossil fuels are burnt, particularly oil and coal, they release harmful gases into the atmosphere (the greenhouse effect) and cause pollution that can lead to flooding, health problems and damage to our environment. In the future, when these fuels vital to our current generating progress run out, we

  1. A report concerning new business development in the local area, which is the Paddington ...

    the environmental concerns and has said that in the future businesses are unlikely to survive if they do not take environmental issues seriously. As a result, the developers of the Paddington Basin project will have to pay close attention to how their activities will impact the environment, and they should aim to lessen the negative effects.

  2. Russia's dilemma - Is Russia going to sign the Kyoto treaty?

    Currently, Russian carbon dioxide emissions are 32 percent below 1990 levels because of lost industry due to post-Soviet economic collapse that has shuttered factories and shrunk agriculture since 1990. Russia expects its carbon emissions to be down by almost 20% from 1990 levels when Kyoto comes into force in 2008,

  1. Enviromental Health - how humans can damage the environment

    As the plants die from their lack of water they have to decompose which uses even more oxygen, which the fish and other organisms need to survive. This causes the whole ecosystem to be unbalanced.Land pollution is the addition of undesirable matter to the land that may damage the terrestrial organisms.

  2. The greatest risk to health in modern society is development itself. To what extent ...

    As it would be the nature of any country experiencing development, the Chinese government has given its priority to continue its economic growth without any hindrance or limitations aiming to become the next superpower. Thus, it is not surprising that 16 of the world?s worst 20 air polluted cities are located in China (World Bank 2011).

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work