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Climate change

Change in the statistical properties of the climate system when considered over periods of decades

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Ecological footprint

A measure of human demand on the Earth's ecosystems. It compares human demand with planet Earth's ecological capacity to regenerate.

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Ecology

The branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.

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Economy

The wealth and resources of a country or region, esp. in terms of the production and consumption of goods and services

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Environment

The surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates

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Environmental justice

An equitable spatial distribution of burdens and benefits to groups such as racial minorities, residents of economically disadvantaged areas, or residents of developing nations

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Incinerator

An apparatus for burning waste material, esp. industrial waste, at high temperatures until it is reduced to ash

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Landfill

The disposal of refuse and other waste material by burying it and covering it over with soil

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Lifestyle

The way in which a person or group lives

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Luxury

The state of great comfort and extravagant living

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Midden

A dunghill or refuse heap

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Natural resources

Materials or substances such as minerals, forests, water, and fertile land that occur in nature and can be used for economic gain

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Necessity

The fact of being required or indispensable

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Population

All the inhabitants of a particular town, area, or country

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Recycling

Convert waste into reusable material.

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Sustainability

Of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged

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Sustainable design

The philosophy of designing physical objects, the built environment and services to comply with the principles of economic, social, and ecological sustainability

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Waste disposal

Proper disposition of a discarded or discharged material in accordance with local environmental guidelines or laws