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environment
the air, water, and land in or on which people, animals, and plants live
impact
a forceful consequence; a strong effect
global warming
a gradual increase in the earth’s temperature, caused by gases, esp. carbon dioxide, surrounding the earth
hybrid car
A hybrid vehicle is one that is able to operate using either of two fuels
nuclear energy
the energy released by a nuclear reaction
organic
consisting of or relating to living plants and animals, or the substances of which they are made
plastic bag
a bag made of thin plastic material
pollution
the act of polluting, or the substances that pollute
recycling bin
a bin for depositing things to be recycled
solar energy
energy from the sun that is converted into thermal or electrical energy
wind farm
a power plant that uses wind turbines to generate electricity
goods
items for sale, or possessions that can be moved
fluorescent light
a very bright, usually tube-shaped electric light used esp. in offices
bulb
a light bulb
CFL
A popular term for a compact fluorescent lamp which includes a built-in ballast
recyclable
able to be recycled
reusable
to use something again
junior
younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service (small)
endanger
to put someone or something in a situation in which it is likely to be harmed, damaged, or destroyed
cloth
material made by weaving cotton, wool, or other fibers, or a piece of such material
steel
a strong metal that is made by processing iron to remove some of the carbon
rather
more readily or willingly
neighbor
someone who lives near you
stranger
someone not known or not familiar
run
be operating, running or functioning
cost
be priced at
purchase
to buy something
approximate
not quite exact or correct
consumer
someone who buys goods or services for personal use
survey
a set of questions people are asked to gather information or find out their opinions, or the information gathered by asking many people the same questions
local food
Local food or the local food movement is a "collaborative effort to build more locally based, self-reliant food economies - one in which sustainable food production, processing, distribution, and cons
leaky
of a liquid or gas) to escape from a hole or crack in a pipe or container, or (of a container) to allow liquid or gas to escape
faucet
a device that controls the flow of liquid, esp. water, out of a pipe
bill
a list of expenses to be paid, or the total amount of costs or expenses
transportation
to take goods or people from one place to another
clothesline
a length of rope from which wet clothes are hung, usually outside, to dry
rechargeable
to give (a battery) the ability to supply electricity again by connecting it to a piece of electrical equipment and filling it with electricity
solution
an answer to a problem
one of a kind
the only person or thing of a particular type
greenhouse
a building with a roof and sides made of glass or other transparent material, used for growing plants that need warmth and protection
neighborhood
an area with characteristics that make it different from other areas, or the people who live in a particular area
rubber
[tire] an elastic material obtained from the latex sap of trees
soda
a soft drink
charity
the giving of money, food, or help to those who need it, or an organization that does this