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The proliferation of renewable energy installations and greater public awareness and acceptance of localized applications will help to reduce the use of fossil fuels. The extraction of fossil fuels from the Earth and their combustion to produce energy have brought incredible blight upon the health of the planet. The consequential impacts to human health and the loss of diversity of wildlife species have been so vast as to be incalculable.

Resource Curse
The importation of natural resources from industrially undeveloped parts of the world in order to sustain the economies of the more developed nations comes with a social impact that eventually carries implications for every individual on the planet. This is particularly true for non-renewable resources such as fossil fuels. We can see this today to a heightened degree in countries such as Nigeria where damage to ecologies both natural and human is often overlooked by major media outlets in the industrialized world. Below are some primary considerations.

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Impact on Public Health
There is mounting evidence that there is a direct adverse effect on human health to increased levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the environment. Other peripheral effects of global climate change will also have impacts on human health causing increasing incidents of respiratory illnesses for example. Lower biodiversity will also have negative impacts on the quality of agricultural products and food supplies could be threatened by increased numbers of invasive species that are able to thrive in areas where the climate had previously been unsuitable.