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human impact vocab
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Precipitation with a pH lower than 5.5 caused by burning fossil fuels.
A substance capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms.
The use of natural means such as a predator to control pest organisms.
The increase in concentration in a chemical such as a pesticide as it is passed up a food chain.
Removal of trees from an ecosystem to make room for homes, industry, and farms. Leads to global warming and habitat loss.
The destruction of an organism or removal of an organism from its habitat.
A nonrenewable source of energy that comes from the remains of organisms that lived millions of years ago. e.g. coal, oil, natural gas
An increase in Earth's temperature caused by excess CO2 gas in the atmosphere.
Organisms released to a new environment where they often become pests.
The process of converting an economy into one in which large-scale manufacturing is the primary economic base.
Any resource such as fossil fuels that cannot be replaced.
Non-renewable energy source that results from splitting atoms. Does not cause air pollution, but can cause thermal pollution and creates waste that is difficult to dispose of.
The thinning of the layer of gases surrounding the Earth that protects Earth's organisms from UV rays.
A chemical used to kill organisms that are unwanted in an area such as weeds or insects.
A measure (1-14) of whether a substance is acidic, basic or neutral
A harmful change to the chemical makeup of soil, water or air due to the addition of wastes or products of human activity.
Any resource such as food supply, wind energy and solar energy that can be naturally replaced.
A kind of air pollution that results when certain pollutants react with sunlight that looks like gray or brown haze and may contain airborne pollutants.
All of the practical knowledge that has been used to meet human needs.
A type of pollution caused by any process that changes the water temperature of a river, lake or ocean.
An exchange or agreement made to reach a compromise, involves giving up one desired thing for another.
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