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What is Sustainable Agriculture?

January 18, 2011, 9:44 pmFiled under: Eco Glossary — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

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Sustainable Agriculture

Farming practices that make efficient use of renewable (or replaceable) resources and are based upon the fundamental principle of not harming the environment or local ecology. Choosing crops to suit the climate, thus reducing the need for irrigation, is one example.

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What is CFCs?

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Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)

Compounds consisting of chlorine, fluorine, and carbon. CFCs are found as coolants in refrigerators and air conditioners. CFCs released into the atmosphere are one of the causes of holes in the ozone layer, leading to global warming and other environmental problems. One chlorine atom from a CFC can destroy more than 100,000 ozone molecules. A leaky air conditioner that uses CFCs can destroy millions of ozone molecules.

 

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What is biodiversity?

October 22, 2010, 3:07 amFiled under: Eco Glossary — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

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What is biodiversity?

From the hot arid deserts of the Sahara, through the lush green rainforests of the Amazon, to the ocean depths and bright corals, our natural world is a marvel of different landscapes, materials, colours and textures.

The land, air and seas of our planet are home to the tiniest insects and the largest animals, which make up a rich tapestry of interconnecting and interdependent forces.

This is life, this is biodiversity.

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What is Terrestrial Biosphere?

October 21, 2010, 2:31 amFiled under: Eco Glossary — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

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  • Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) – www.ipcc.ch, WG III Mitigation Of Climate Change
    Contribution of Working Group III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007 B. Metz, O.R. Davidson, P.R. Bosch, R. Dave, L.A. Meyer (eds) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

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Terrestrial Biosphere

A collective term for all living organisms on land.

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What is Marine Biosphere?

October 20, 2010, 9:17 pmFiled under: Eco Glossary — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

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  • Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) – www.ipcc.ch, WG III Mitigation Of Climate Change
    Contribution of Working Group III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007 B. Metz, O.R. Davidson, P.R. Bosch, R. Dave, L.A. Meyer (eds) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

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Marine Biosphere

A collective term for all living marine organisms.

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What is Greenhouse Effect?

June 23, 2010, 9:43 pmFiled under: Eco Glossary — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

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  • IPCC, 2007: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Solomon, S., D. Qin, M. Manning, Z. Chen, M. Marquis, K.B. Averyt, M.Tignor and H.L. Miller (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

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The Sun powers Earth’s climate, radiating energy at very short wavelengths, predominately in the visible or near-visible (e.g., ultraviolet) part of the spectrum. Roughly one-third of the solar energy that reaches the top of Earth’s atmosphere is reflected directly back to space. The remaining two-thirds is absorbed by the surface and, to a lesser extent, by the atmosphere. To balance the absorbed incoming energy, the Earth must, on average, radiate the same amount of energy back to space.

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