Environment, Climate Warming and Water Management
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The natural environment is a term that comprises all living and non-living things that occur naturally on Earth or some region thereof. This term includes ecological units like vegetation, animals, microorganisms, atmosphere, water bodies, and climate. Also including energy, radiation, magnetism and electric charge.
The natural environment is contrasted with the built environment, which comprises the areas and components that are strongly influenced by man. A geographical area is regarded as a natural environment, if the human impact on it is kept under a certain limited level. This level depends on the specific context, and changes in different areas and contexts.
Very large development projects—also called mega projects—contribute to environmental degradation. The rate of increasing construction of major dams and power plants is increasingly high. The challenge to the environment from such projects is growing because more and bigger mega...
KeywordsGlobal Warming Climate Warming Environmental Conservation Safe Drinking Water Diarrhoeal Disease
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