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Pollution Pre-reading Vocabulary

acid rain nounrain that contains harmful chemicals that collect in the atmosphere when fossil fuels are burned
carcinogen nouna substance that has been linked to causing one or more types of cancer
contaminated adj.has come in contact with organisms or substances that cause disease
developing country nouna nation that is working towards becoming more economically and socially advanced
domestic waste noungarbage that is produced by people in a household
dumping verbplacing waste in an area that is not appropriate ( ex. dumping chemicals in oceans)
hazardous waste nouna form of garbage that is harmful to health of plants, animals, or humans and requires careful disposal (ex. batteries or paint)
industrial adj.related to the advancement of the economy
pesticides nounchemicals that are sprayed on crops to prevent insects from destroying them
pollutant nounsomething that causes damage to the environment
pollution nounthe contamination of the environment
priority nounof top concern
sewage nounwaste that humans put down drains
smog nounair pollution caused by a reaction between chemicals in the atmosphere and sunlight
sustain verbsupport
toxic chemicals (toxins) nounpoisonous materials that can cause disease
ventilation nounthe replacement of unclean air with fresh air

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