Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 16 - Think and Discuss: 99

Answer

During the Industrial Era, coal and other fuels were burned to release energy. This inefficient burning raised the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, contributing to climate change (page 313). Fossil fuels can be used to create products as diverse as medicines, lubricants, and plastics.
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