16 terms

Environment

Useful words if you are speaking, reading, listening or writing about the environment for IELTS
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agriculture
n.farming; growing crops and raising animals for human consumption
the animal kingdom
n. all the animals of the world collectively
extinction
n. the process when a species of animal dies out /no longer exists e.g. dinosaurs
extinct
adj.(of a species, family, or other larger group) having no living members
ecological balance
n. the balance between all living creatures and their environment
pesticides
n. chemicals used in agriculture to kill bugs and insects
endangered species
n. a type of animal that is very low in numbers e.g. tigers
genetically-modified crops
n.food whose genetic material (DNA) has been changed to make it grow bigger, faster or more resistant to pests.
vulnerable
adj. susceptible; easily injured physically or emotionally
eradicate
v. destroy completely
contaminated
adj. something that is unclean and not safe to use e.g. polluted water
irreversible
adj. impossible to turn back to its previous state
sustainable
adj. able to be maintained or kept going, as an action or process
worthwhile
adj. something you do which makes good use of your time
inevitably
adv. something which you cannot avoid or escape
devastating
adj. destroying or ruining something

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