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Ecology:Human Impact

NYS Living Environment Curriculum

QuestionAnswer
Renewable resource Wind, solar and water energy – it will not run out and is clean for the environment
Nonrenewable resource Oil, coal, gas- energy sources that will run out eventually and are bad for the environment
Deforestation habitat destruction caused by cutting down too many trees
Acid Rain occurs when chemicals from factory and car exhaust dissolve in the air and precipitate out later on.
Invasive Species an organism that is not native but is brought into a habitat, potentially disruption the ecosystem
Pollution any chemical that is released into the environment that can cause harm.
Ozone Depletion Chlorofluorocarbons from aerosol cans caused a thinning in the layer of the atmosphere that protects us from the sun’s harmful rays
Global Warming Carbon dioxide building up in the earth’s atmosphere is causing the earth to retain more of its heat, slowly changing the climate.
Over Population when organisms reproduce too successfully and outgrow their habitat’s available resources.
Created by: etucci