Environment Words Vocabulary List and Definitions

Words Definitions
1. waste the often toxic by-product produced by various industrialized activities that are usually very harmful to the environment and cause contamination
2. sustainable to use a resource via methods that do not deplete the supply of the resource
3. renewable a natural resource that can be replenished via natural processes
4. recycle to create new products by reusing and processing used materials
5. preservation the act of protecting the environment and its resources by removing all human influence or interaction
6. pollution the harmful, often toxic, human produced contaminates that disrupt or destroy an ecosystem or natural resource
7. organic any substance relating to or originating from a living organism
8. industrialization the process by which a society is transformed from a pre-industrial state to an industrial one, often causing a rise in pollution and ill effects on the environment
9. extinction causing a plant or animal species or organism to no longer exist, usually due to over-hunting or destruction of an ecosystem
10. exploitation the over-consumption and misuse of the environment and its natural resources
11. ecosystem the beneficial, balanced interaction and interdependency of the environment and the organisms that live within it
12. desertification the effect of altering the natural environment, mostly by overpopulation, over-cultivating, altering the natural flow of water, and introduction of non-native plant life; degrading the soil to the point it can no longer sustain life causing dry
13. contamination when the environment or an ecosystem has been damaged by the introduction of a harmful, often toxic substance destroying a natural resource and the dependant plant and animal life
14. consumption the act of using, often to the detriment of the environment, the planets natural resources
15. conservation the act of promoting the responsible, renewable consumption of the natural resources of the earth to protect the environment and its natural resources from contamination or depletion

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