Flashcards - The Environment & Society

Flashcards - The Environment & Society
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resources
A resource is a source or supply from which benefit is produced
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biotic
Biotic components are the living things that shape an ecosystem
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carbon sink
A carbon sink is a natural or artificial reservoir that accumulates and stores some carbon-containing chemical compound for an indefinite period
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greenhouse effect
The greenhouse effect is the process by which radiation from a planet's atmosphere warms the planet's surface to a temperature above what it would be without its atmosphere
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greenhouse effect
The greenhouse effect is the process by which radiation from a planet's atmosphere warms the planet's surface to a temperature above what it would be without its atmosphere
carbon sink
A carbon sink is a natural or artificial reservoir that accumulates and stores some carbon-containing chemical compound for an indefinite period
biotic
Biotic components are the living things that shape an ecosystem
resources
A resource is a source or supply from which benefit is produced
ecological footprint
An ecological footprint is a measure of human impact on Earth's ecosystems
Natural capital
Natural capital is the world's stock of natural resources, which includes geology, soils, air, water and all living organisms
nonrenewable resources
A non-renewable resource is a resource that does not renew itself at a sufficient rate for sustainable economic extraction in meaningful human time-frames
overpopulation
Overpopulation occurs when a species' population exceeds the carrying capacity of its ecological niche
ozone layer
The ozone layer or ozone shield is a region of Earth's stratosphere that absorbs most of the Sun's ultraviolet radiation

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