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Battle for the Biosphere


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Biodiversity
The number and variety of living species found in a specific area
Bio fuels
Fuel sources derived from agricultural crops
Biome
A plant and animal community covering a large area of the Earth’s surface
Biosphere
The living part – plants and animals – of the Earth
CITES
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – an international agreement
Conservation
Managing the environment in order to preserve
Deforestation
The chopping down and removal of trees to clear an area of forest
Degradation
The social, economic and environmental decline of an area, often through deindustrialisation
Gene pool
The genetic material contained by a specific population
Goods
Produced items and materials
Hydrological Cycle
The global stores of water and linking processes that connect them
RAMSAR
The RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty for the conservation and wise use of wetlands
Services
Those things that are provided
Superpower Countries
The world’s most powerful and influential nations- the USA and increasingly China and India
Sustainability
The idea that the current generation of people should not damage the environment in ways that will threaten future generations environment
Unsustainable
Unable to be kept going at the same rate or level
Water Table
The level in the soil or bedrock below which water is usually present
Wilderness
Uncultivated uninhabited and inhospitable regions