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This is a coal plant, where we turn coal into energy we use in our everyday lives. Here, let me show you inside!
What is this place?
Workers take coal and burn it to produce steam, which is put under pressure and spun in a turbine. This generates energy!
How do we even get energy out of coal?
Sadly, yes. A lot of carbon dioxide is emitted from the burning of coal.
It can't be that easy...are there any negative effects when it comes to getting energy from coal?
Carbon dioxide contributes to climate change, an event where the Earth's temperature continuously rises.
What's so bad about carbon dioxide?
Climate change causes, and will continue to cause, many problems, like more severe droughts and hurricanes. Sea levels will also rise, and coastal flooding will become more common.
I've heard there are also good effects of climate change, though, like longer growing seasons and less icy conditions.
Well, I suppose there's pros and cons to everything.
1That's correct! Without coal, we wouldn't be able to do the simple things we can today, such as turning on a light-switch.
Of course, but in the end, we need the energy from coal to survive and live easy lives.
We have many improvements to make when it comes to producing clean energy, but someday, we'll get to the point where we can live our lives without worrying about climate change.
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