April 28, 2023by Sebastian Dürr

Fossil Fuel

Fossil fuels

Fossil fuels are natural resources formed over long periods in the Earth’s crust from the remains of deceased plants and animals. They are primarily used as a source of fuel. According to the United Nations, burning fossil fuels is responsible for over 80% of the carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions caused by human activities. The extraction, combustion, and resulting emissions of fossil fuels harm the carbon cycle, disrupting the balance needed for climate stability and a healthy biosphere. Examples of fossil fuels include petroleum, coal, and natural gas, among others.