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