Chapter 33 Today's World

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Globalization

Growth to a global or worldwide scale.

Interdependence

A relationship between countries in which they rely on one another for resources, goods, or services.

Multinational Corporations

Companies that operate across national boundaries: also called transitional corporations.

Out sourcing

The procuring of services or products, such as the parts used in manufacturing a motor vehicle, from an outside supplier or manufacturer in order to cut costs.

Free Trade

International trade free of government interference.

Popular Culture

Culture found in a large, heterogeneous society that shares certain habits despite differences in other personal characteristics.

Cultural diffusion

The spread of ideas, customs, and technologies from one people to another.

NGO

Non governmental organization's are aimed at third world or developing countries with the goal of eradicating some of the problems in the country.

Famine

A severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death.

Epidemic

A widespread outbreak of an infectious disease.

Refugees

People who are forced to migrate from their home country and cannot return for fear of persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group, or political opinion.

Terrorism

Use of terror or violence as a means of getting what you want.

Weapons of mass destruction (WMD)

Variety of chemical, biological, or nuclear devices used by terrorists to strike at government or high-profile targets; designed to create a maximum number of casualties.

Sanctions

Something that forces obedience with a law or rule.

Sustainable development

Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Deforestation

The state of being clear of trees.

Global Warming

An increase in the average temperature of the earth's atmosphere.

Biotechnology

The branch of engineering science in which biological science is used to study the relation between workers and their environments.

Genetic Engineering

The technology of preparing recombinant DNA in vitro by cutting up DNA molecules and splicing together fragments from more than one organism.

Green Revolution

The introduction of pesticides and high-yield grains and better management during the 1960s and 1970s which greatly increased agricultural productivity.

Cloning

Making a genetically identical copy of DNA or of an organism.

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