© Gulya Batalova | 2007
Vocabulary Distance Learning | 2007
What is happening to the Earth?
1. pollution [pə´lu:∫n] (n)
A chemical, physical or biological effect that modifies the natural characteristics of air, water or earth.
pollute [pə´lu:t] (v)
To make air, water, earth, etc. dirty for people, animals, and plants, especially by adding harmful things.
2. hemisphere [´һemısfıə] (n)
Half of a sphere (right cerebral hemisphere, the Northern hemisphere).
3. global warming
Changes in the surface-air temperature, referred to the global temperature, brought by the greenhouse effect.
4. average [´ævrıdз] temperature
The monthly mean of the daily (24 hour) temperature.
5. increase [ıή´kri:s] (v)
To become or to make something larger in amount or size.
6. flood [flλd] (n)
A large amount of water covering an area that is usually dry.
7. greenhouse effect
Warming of the surface atmosphere due to the reduction in outgoing solar radiation resulting from concentrations of gases such as carbon dioxide CO2.
8. industrial and nuclear [´nju:klıə] waste
Unwanted matter or material which is left after useful substances or parts have been removed.
9. environment [ın´vaıərənmənt] (n)
A complex of surrounding circumstances, conditions or influences in which a thing is situated or is developed. Environment is the external forces affecting living things, while nature is the inner force.
Safeguarding human health and the natural environment: air, water and land.
10. universal concern
A responsibility or interests which exist everywhere and connect to everyone.
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