Environment

The environment is not isolated from man. The two have co-existed through ages and it is only a mutual understanding of each other that facilitates longevity of both man and his environment. Human beings have for long tried to unravel the mysteries of nature. While it may not be possible to understand nature completely, here are a few environmental concepts that will offer a partial insight.

Ecosystem

D’code…. The natural environment or the ecosystem includes all living and non-living things that occur naturally.

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Air Pollution

D’code…. The introduction of harmful or poisonous substances into the air is called air pollution.

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Global Warming

D’code…. Over the past fifty years, the average global temperature has increased at a fastest rate in recorded history.

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Ozone Layer

D’code…. The ozone layer or shield is a region of the Earth’s stratosphere* that absorbs most of the Sun’s UV (ultraviolet) radiations.

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Biodegradable Waste

D’code…. Biodegradable waste or products or materials can be easily broken down by biological agents such as bacteria and fungi into raw materials.

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Biodiversity

D’code…. The variety of life seen in the number of species and within species in an ecosystem or on the entire Earth is referred to as biodiversity.

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Waste Management

D’code…. The collection, transportation and disposal of garbage, sewage and other waste products.

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Bioenergy

D’code…. Renewable energy made available from materials derived from biological sources is called bioenergy.

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Biomass

D’code…. Having spoken of bioenergy, it is a must to decode biomass which is simply a term for getting energy by burning wood and other organic matter*.

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Organic Food

D’code…. Organic is the mantra of the decade. With the world turning organically upside down, what do we exactly understand by the term?

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Deforestation

D’code…. The removal of a forest or stand of trees and the conversion of the land into a non-forest area is called deforestation.

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Noise Pollution

D’code….  Sound is a normal feature of our life, a means of communication and entertainment. It is an effective alarm system.

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Glossary

Greenhouse gas — A gas that contributes to the greenhouse effect by absorbing infrared radiation. Examples are carbon dioxide and chlorofluorocarbons.

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