18 terms

Environment Vocabulary


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The air, water and land in or on which people, animals and plants live.
The weather conditions generally present in an area or over a long period.
Climate Change
The change in global climate patterns which appeared from the mid to late 20th century onwards, caused mainly by the increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
The gas formed when carbon is burned, or when people or animals breathe out.
Fossil Fuels
A natural fuel such as coal, gas, or oil formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms.
Global Warming
A gradual rise in the world's temperatures caused by polluting gases such as carbon dioxide which are collecting in the air around the Earth and preventing heat escaping into space
Cutting down and clearing areas of forest.
The natural environment in which an animal or plant usually lives.
All the living things in an area and the way they affect each other and the environment.
The variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat, a high level of which is usually considered to be important and desirable.
To make something less pure by exposing it to poisonous or polluting substances.
Toxic /Toxin
Poisonous / A poisonous substance
A material or substance which is eliminated or discarded as no longer useful or required after the completion of a process.
The production and discharge of something.
To gradually reduce or destroy.
A prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall, leading to a shortage of water.
Damage caused to water, air, land etc. by harmful substances or waste.
Causing little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time.