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trade-off a balance achieved between two desirable but incompatible features; a compromise.
deforestation the clearing of trees, transforming a forest into cleared land
reforestation refers to establishment of forest on land that had recent tree cover, whereas afforestation refers to land that has been without forest for much longer
fossil fuel a natural fuel such as coal or gas, formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms.
global warming a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth's atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants.
pollution the presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance or thing that has harmful or poisonous effects.
host an animal or plant on or in which a parasite or commensal organism lives
producer a person, company, or country that makes, grows, or supplies goods or commodities for sale.
abiotic physical rather than biological; not derived from living organisms
biotic of, relating to, or resulting from living things, especially in their ecological relations
scavenger an animal that feeds on carrion, dead plant material, or refuse
population all the inhabitants of a particular town, area, or country
parasite an organism that lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the host's expense.
renewable a source of energy that is not depleted by use, such as water, wind, or solar power.
non-renewable resources a nonrenewable energy source
autotrophic/autotroph any organism capable of self-nourishment by using inorganic materials as a source of nutrients and using photosynthesis or chemosynthesis as a source of energy, as most plants and certain bacteria and protists.
heterotrophic Biology. an organism requiring organic compounds for its principal source of food.
evaporation . The changing of a liquid into a gas, often under the influence of heat (as in the boiling of water). (See vaporization.)
precipitation the action or process of precipitating a substance from a solution.
industrialization The process in which a society or country (or world) transforms itself from a primarily agricultural society into one based on the manufacturing of goods and services.
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