LifeSmarts January Environment Vocabulary

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Comment
A form of user engagement where users reply to a social media post to offer praise, ask a question, or disagree
Migration
Moves that cross a boundary such as a state line or national border
Carbon footprint
The amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person or group
Carcinogen
A substance capable of causing cancer
Endangered Species
Plants and animals that have become so rare they are in danger of becoming extinct
Food irradiation
Applying ionizing radiation to food to improve safety and extend shelf life
Population density
A measurement of population in a geographic area
Potable water
Water treated so it meets standards for safe consumption; drinking water
E-waste
Electronic products that are unwanted, not working, and nearing the end of their useful life
Plasticizer
A substance added to make materials softer and more flexible
Ecodesign
Considering the environmental impact of products and services during the design process
Bioaccumulation
The net accumulation of a contaminant in or on an organism from all sources including water, air, and diet
Systemic toxicant
A harmful substance that injures an organ or organ system, and affects the entire body or many organs rather than a specific site
Biohazardous Waste
Waste contaminated with potentially infectious agents or materials that threaten public health or the environment
Medical Waste
Waste generated in labs or clinical settings that is not contaminated, but could appear hazardous to outsiders