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A lifestyle that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs; in other words, living a life that only uses what is needed and readily available
The process of making new products from materials that were used in another product.
A process that allows the organic material in solid waste to be decomposed and reintroduced into the soil, often as fertilizer.
The warming of the earth's temperature caused by depletion of the ozone layer and the greenhouse effect causing drastic changes in weather patterns around the world; also referred to as Climate Change
Cutting down of forests leading to increased erosion and slower soil regeneration.
The total surroundings (living and nonliving) of an organism or a group of organisms.
An area that provides an organism with its basic needs for survival.
A group of similar organisms that can mate with each other and produce fertile offspring.
Species with a small population that are in danger of becoming extinct
The disappearance of all members of a species from Earth
Environmental Protection Agency
An independent federal agency established to coordinate programs aimed at reducing pollution and protecting the environment
Waste materials from industry that are poisonous to humans or other living things
A mixture of gases that surrounds our planet; can be polluted from exhaust from vehicles or factories.
a layer in the stratosphere (at approximately 20 miles) that contains a concentration of ozone sufficient to block most ultraviolet radiation from the sun
Damage done to a habitat that results in the loss of resources that organisms need to survive, like food, water, and shelter
The excessive use of material things, including food and natural resources
Convert waste into reusable material.
A method of resource conservation that involves using products more that once
To use less of something, such as carpooling or limiting how many plastic bottles you use
The variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem.
A natural resource that can be replaced at the same rate at which the resource is consumed
A natural resource that is not replaced in a useful time frame.
The number of people (or other animals) in an area exceeds the capacity of the environment to support life at a decent standard of living.
A natural event such as a flood, earthquake, or hurricane that causes great damage to habitats and/or loss of life
Coal, oil, natural gas, and other fuels that are ancient remains of plants and animals.
Release of harmful materials into the environment; such as gloppity glop and smogulous smoke
Speaks for the trees
Inventor of the Thneed, which caused a loss of habitat for many animals due to deforestation and pollution
Author of the book from 1971 that illustrated many harmful effects of industry and humans on ecosystems
A day created in 1970 about celebrating and caring for the Earth
Plants and animals that have migrated to places where they are not native and do not have limiting factors to keep their populations in check
Species that normally live and thrive in a particular ecosystem
Consists of all life on Earth and all parts of the Earth in which life exists, including land, water, and the atmosphere.
The solid part of the earth consisting of the crust and outer mantle where many natural resources can be found
All the water on earth that can be polluted by toxic chemicals and trash making them unlivable for animals
The increase in chemical concentration in animal tissues as the chemical moves up the food chain to the top-level consumers
A species that influences the survival of many other species in an ecosystem
Materials or substances such as minerals, forests, water, and fertile land that occur in nature and can be used for economic gain; may be renewable or nonrenewable
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