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DSST Env.Sci. Chp 10

vocab. for DSST Env.Sci. from Environmental Science by Karen Arms

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biodiversity term used to indicate the number and diversity of species on Earth
Biodiversity Treaty agreement resulting from the Earth Summit that encourages wealthier countries to give money to poorer countries for the protection of potentially valuable species
captive-breeding program breeding endangered or threatened species in zoos and wild animal parks
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) offshoot of the IUCN that is responsible for limiting the sale of ivory and the killing of elephants
ecosystem approach conservation method that concentrates on protecting an entire ecosystem
endangered species a species whose numbers have fallen so low that it is likely to become extinct in the near future
Endangered Species Act 1973 act of U.S. Congress designed to protect any plant or animal species in danger of extinction
exotic species species that is not native to a particular region
genetic disorder a condition caused by abnormal genes that negatively affects an organisms form or function; may be caused by inbreeding
germ plasm genetic material contained within the reproductive cells of organisms (268) global warming predicted increase in Earth’s temperature due to an increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere
infectious disease disease that can be transmitted to another member of the species
International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) a collaboration of almost 200 governments and over 500 conservation organizations to protect species and habitats
keystone species species of great importance to an ecosystem because its loss might cause the complete collapse of the ecosystem
mass extinction extinction of many species during a relatively short period of time
melaleuca tree tree imported from Australia to Florida that is threatening the existence of native plants
native species as opposed to exotic species, this is original to a particular region
poaching illegal hunting
threatened species species likely to become endangered if protective measures are not taken immediately
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