Discuss Environmental Issues in Latin America (version 2)

environment
the area in which something lives; pollution is damaging this
air pollution
waste matter that contaminates the air; this is a major concern in Mexico City, Mexico
deforestation
destruction or loss of forests; this is an environmental issue in Brazil

habitat
the natural environment where animals and plants live
global warming
increase of the Earths temperature due to thinning of the ozone layer; rainforest destruction contributes to this

Amazon Rainforest
the large tropical rain forest mostly in Brazil through which the Amazon river runs; its destruction is an environmental issue in Brazil
Mexico City
capital city of Mexico where air pollution is a major environmental concern
Venezuela
major oil-producing country in South America; oil-pollution is a problem here

basin
a large, bowl shaped low area; Mexico City is located in one trapping air pollution
Mexico
The Latin American country south of the United States; air pollution is a problem in its capital
smog
air pollution by a mixture of smoke and fog; this is a major concern in Mexico City, Mexico
natural resources
things that come from nature that people use to meet their needs
fossil fuels
Coal, oil, natural gas, and other fuels that are ancient remains of plants and animals; burning these causes pollution

renewable energy
energy that can be continually produced such as wind power or hydroelectricity
acid rain
rain containing high amounts of chemical pollutants; air pollution in Mexico City causes this
population
the number of people that live in a certain place; usually the higher it is, the more pollution
elevation
Height above sea level; Mexico Citys is high meaning there is less oxygen and fuels do not burn completely, causing more air pollution
pollutants
Harmful substances in the air, water, or soil

public transportation
buses, trains, subways; use of this can decrease the number of vehicles on the road and reduce air pollution
logging
the cutting down of trees; this is destroying the Amazon Rainforest
agriculture
the Amazon Rainforest is being cleared to make land for this industry that includes growing crops and raising cattle

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