Difference between Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources

A Natural resource is a natural material that is used by humans. Examples include water,oil,wood from trees, and coal.

Many of these resources are changed into products that make our life more comfortable or convenient.  

Natural resources can be classified as renewable or nonrenewable.

Renewable resources are resources that can be replenished naturally over a relatively short period of time. Examples of renewable resources include:

  • Solar energy
  • Wind energy
  • Hydropower
  • Biomass
  • Geothermal energy

Non-renewable resources are resources that cannot be replenished naturally or are depleted faster than they can be replenished. Examples of non-renewable resources include:

  • Fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal)
  • Minerals
  • Metals

The increasing use of non-renewable resources has raised concerns about their depletion and the environmental impact of their extraction and use.

Renewable resources are becoming increasingly important as a way to reduce our reliance on non-renewable resources and mitigate the environmental impact of our energy use.