Chapter Four Vocabulary

Term Definition
Greenhouse Gases A gas that contributes to the greenhouse effect by absorbing infrared radiation, e.g., carbon dioxide and chlorofluorocarbons
Activists People who campaign to bring about political or social change
Inconceivable Not capable of being imagined or grasped mentally; unbelievable
Carbon footprint The amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person or group
Climate The weather conditions prevailing in an area in general or over a long period
Harvesting Gather (a crop) as a harvest
Convert Cause to change in form, character, or function
Preserve Maintain (something) in its original or existing state
Depletion Reduction in the number or quantity of something
Inhabitants People or animals that live in or occupy a place
Insulate Protect (something) by interposing material that prevents the loss of heat or the intrusion of sound
Conserve Protect (something, especially an environmentally or culturally important place or thing) from harm or destruction
Composting Make (vegetable matter or manure) into compost
Incentives Things that motivate or encourage one to do something
Pollution The presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance or thing that has harmful or poisonous effects
Toxic Poisonous
Capitalist A wealthy person who uses money to invest in trade and industry for profit in accordance with the principles of capitalism
Revitalization The action of imbuing something with new life and vitality
Degredation The condition or process of degrading or being degraded
Stakeholders A person with an interest or concern in something, especially a business

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