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atmosphere

the mass of air surrounding a planet

deforestation

The removal of trees

degrade

to lower in dignity or esteem; insult

depleting

reducing something to an insufficent amount

disrupt

to break up, disturb

ecosystems

All the living and non-living things that interect in an area.

emissions

pollutants that are released into the air

energy-efficient

Energy efficient homes are composed of a network of elements working together to reduce the overall amount of energy consumption.

erosion

the wearing away of soil and rock particles by waves, wind, running water, or glaciers

fossil fuels

coal, oil, natural gas, and other fuels that are ancient remains of plants and animals.

glacial melts

a large persistent body of ice (glacier) that is melting

greenhouse gases

Gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, water vapor, and ozone in the atmosphere which are involved in the greenhouse effect.

habitats

places where animals or plants naturally live and grow

incineration

The burning of solid waste

industrialized

an economy based on industry, not agriculture

mitigate

To make less severe

ozone

atmospheric gas (O3) that absorbs ultraviolet radiation, shielding organisms from its damaging effects

precipitation

rain, snow, sleet, or hail

ramifications

consequences

renewable

resource that can be replaces relatively quickly by natural process

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