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Global Geographical Issues: Energy Use

Year 8 Geography

Finding Resources in Oliver

 

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue  Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS..

 

WWF

                  

Other Useful Links

ESSA- (Energy Supply Association of Australia)This site contains an overview of key data relating to energy in Australia.

Clean Energy Council Energy efficiency is an effective, immediate means of managing energy needs more sustainably. By utilising new technologies and making simple changes to their behaviour, Australians can reduce their power demands without compromising their lifestyle.

World Nuclear Association- Australia's Electricity Consumption.

Wind Energy Wind energy is generated by converting wind currents into other forms of energy using wind turbines.  Winds are generated by complex mechanisms involving the rotation of the Earth, the heat capacity of the sun, the cooling effect of the oceans and polar ice caps, temperature gradients between land and sea, and the physical effects of mountains and other obstacles.

 

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As the world increasingly focuses on alternatives to the carbon-emitting fossil fuels that we have relied on for over a century, scientists are continually developing more efficient methods to collect the sun, as harnessing solar energy is becoming more and more viable. This program is an excellent introduction to the principles behind solar energy collection and its various usages such as generating electricity, and for heating space and water. It covers what is solar energy; thermal and electrical uses of solar energy; and catches a glimpse of what the future might look like with current developments that are paving the way for a solar future. The program provides an ideal background for students to research and examine further cutting edge case studies that demonstrate how powerful the potential is for everyday use of solar energy in homes, commerce and industry, and in vehicles.

Nuclear power currently supplies 16 per cent of the world's energy. For the remainder, we rely heavily on the burning of fossil fuels. In Australia, 80 per cent of its electricity comes from the burning of coal alone. Nuclear power, however, has significant environmental benefits. It produces radically low levels of carbon emissions and suddenly, in the face of climate change, the view on nuclear power is being explored and welcomed more and more. SUBJECTS: Nuclear energy Nuclear energy - Environmental aspects Global Warming Energy resources.

 Reporter Stephen Long documents the revolution in power generation taking place across the globe. He travels to California, where successive governments have legislated to have one third of the state's power come from renewable sources. He meets the Australian entrepreneur who left home to create a multi-million-dollar solar company in the US. Stephen Long visits a massive solar farm that not only takes energy from the sun, but can also store it in a massive salt crystal tower. In time, the farm will power the bright lights of Las Vegas. Meanwhile, back in Australia the Federal Government is being lobbied by power producers using coal and gas to wind back the renewable energy targets that would see 20 per cent of this country's power generated by renewables by the end of the decade. Little wonder they want the targets lowered. The explosion in wind farms and solar rooftop panels in homes across Australia has already cut the demand for electricity and left them with gold-plated infrastructure that can no longer be justified.

Measure your Carbon Footprint

NSW Department of Resources and Energy

Australian Government

National Geographic

Khan Academy