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Vocabulary List #2

Europe Environmental Issues

TermDefinition
Natural Resources useful material found in the environment
Environment the surroundings or condition in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates
Pollution any waste that makes the air, soil, or water less clean
Renewable resources resource that earth or people can replace; ex. trees, solar, wind, water
Non-renewable resources resource that cannot be replaced in a relatively short period of time; ex. fossil fuel, coal, natural gas, oil
Fossil Fuel non-renewable resource formed over millions of years from the remains of ancient plants and animals
Hydroelectricity generating electricity using water-driven turbines
Air Pollution occurs when gases, dust particles, fumes (or smoke) or odor are introduced into the atmosphere in a way that makes it harmful to humans, animals and plant.
Smog air pollution caused by sunlight acting on the gases from automobiles and factory exhaust
Emissions the act of producing or sending out something, such as energy, smoke, gas or radiation, from a source
Smokeless zones areas of London where, in order to improve air quality, only smokeless fuels can be used
Acid Rain clouds or rain containing sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxide that cause problems in the environment
Deforestation the process of clearing forests, selling the timber, and using the cleared land for other purposes
Nuclear energy energy that exists in atoms produced by splitting or fusion of the nuclei; produces cheaper energy without filling the air with pollution and using the earth’s supply of fossil fuel
Radiation particles or waves emitted by atoms and molecules of a radioactive substance as a result of atomic decay; it can be harmful to living tissue
Chernobyl the Ukrainian site of a nuclear power plant that exploded in April, 1986 releasing radiation into the environment
Exclusion zone a restricted 30 mile area around the Chernobyl power station that was abandoned by humans due to a toxic level of radiation
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