Non-Renewable Resources


Definition of Non-renewable Resources

An economic resource that cannot be replaced once used. Examples of non-renewable resources include:

  • oil
  • coal
  • minerals

Some resources are potentially renewable, but, overconsumption could also permanently deplete them. For example, fish stocks are generally renewable. However, if there is over-fishing then a species could be made extinct in a certain way.

Something like oil and coal take millions of years to form so are for all intents and purposes non-renewable once stocks are used.

Genetic Pool. If species become extinct then we loose their unique genes and chance to use that in medicines.


Should We be concerned about running out of oil?

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