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IPC Environmental

Impact

TermDefinition
Environmental impact Positive or negative impacts on the environment.
Economic Impact Positive or negative impact on the economy.
Chemical reaction A chemical change that occurs when two or more substances combine to form a new substance.
End product The final material or substance left at the completion of a series of reactions
Reactants Elements and compounds that are present at the beginning of a chemical reaction.
Acid rain Mixture of wet and dry deposition from the atmosphere containing higher than normal amounts of nitric and sulfuric acids.
Degradation of water The process of reducing to a lower condition, quality or level of water.
Degradation of air quality The process of reducing to a lower condition, quality or level of air.
Ozone depletion The reducing of the ozone.
Deposited material Material that is laid down or left behind by a natural process.
Nitric acid A clear, colorless to yellow liquid that is very corrosive and can dissolve most metals; used to make fertilizers, explosives, dyes, and rocket fuels.
Sulfuric acid A highly corrosive, dense, oily liquid, colorless to dark brown; used to manufacture fertilizers, paints, detergents, and explosives.
Wet deposition The accumulation of acids that fall to the Earth dissolved in water including acid rain, snow, and fog.
Dry deposition The accumulation of acidic particles that settle out of the atmosphere or of acidic gases that are absorbed by plant tissues or other surfaces.
Greenhouse gases Gases absorb infrared radiation, e.g., carbon dioxide and chlorofluorocarbons.
Greenhouse effect The trapping of the sun's warmth in a planet's lower atmosphere due to the greater transparency of the atmosphere to visible radiation from the sun than to infrared radiation emitted from the planet's surface.
Acidification To make or become acid.
Air pollutant Pollution of the atmosphere
Stratosphere The region of the atmosphere above the troposphere and below the mesosphere.
Ultraviolet light The range of invisible radiation wavelength from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x - ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond violet in the visible spectrum.
pH Lower values are more acid, and higher values more alkaline.
Buffer A solution that resists changes in pH when acid or alkali is added to it.
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