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air quality
the cleanliness of the air we breathe
to become extinct
to no longer exist
to be under threat
to be in danger of becoming extinct
climate change
the change in worldwide weather patterns
to die out
see ‘to become extinct’
endangered species
categories of animals or plants that are in danger of becoming extinct
energy conservation
the careful management of energy resources to ensure they last as long as possible
environmentally friendly
behaviour and products that do not harm the environment
exhaust fumes
the toxic gases given off by vehicles powered by petrol
flash floods
floods that happen quickly
fossil fuel
energy resources like gas and oil that are produced deep below the ground over millions of years
future generations
the people who live after us
to get back to nature
to live a life that is closer to nature
global warming
the increasing temperature of the world brought about by gases such as carbon dioxide
heavy industry
the manufacture of heavy articles and materials in large numbers
humanitarian aid
the act of showing support to people struggling to survive
impact on
the effect on
loss of habitat
the decline in areas of land where animals and plants would normally exist
man-made disaster
widespread damage or loss of life brought about by the action of humans
natural disaster
an event such as an earthquake, flood or hurricane which causes widespread damage or loss of life
natural environment
the place where animals and plants would normally be found in nature
the natural world
the world of nature
oil spill
waste usually deposited in the seas and oceans after an accident at sea
to hunt and kill wild animals illegally
pollution levels
the amount of toxic waste
pressure group
a group of people who try to raise awareness of issues and try to affect the views and actions of people and organisations
toxic waste
poisonous, unwanted rubbish often produced by industrial processes
wildlife conservation
to protect animals and plants and their habitats