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atmosphere

the mass of air surrounding the Earth

deforestation

the removal of trees

degrade

lower the grade of something

depleting

reducing something to an insufficient amount

disrupt

interfere in someone else's activity

ecosystems

communities of living species and their physical environments

emissions

gases released into the air, especially by cars and factories

energy-efficient

provide less

erosion

erosion by chemical action

glacial melts

Melting glaciers

greenhouse gasses

the gases in the atmosphere that trap and radiate heat; water vapor, co2, chlorofluorocarbons (CFC's), methane, nitrous oxide

habitats

places where animals or plants naturally live and grow

fossil fuel

fuel consisting of the remains of organisms preserved in rocks in the earth's crust with high carbon and hydrogen content

incineration

Burning of waste

industrialized

having industries for the machine production of goods

mitigate

make less severe or harsh

ozone

a colorless gas (O3) soluble in alkalis and cold water

precipitation

the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)

ramifications

consequences

renewable

capable of being renewed

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