of climate change terms
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Pollution emitted by power stations, factory emissions and motor vehicles mixed with rain or other precipitation. When mixed with rain, the acidity of this pollution destroys forests, eats away buildings and poisons water and soil.
Chemical, biological or particulate matter that changes the characteristics of the atmosphere. Two examples of very harmful air pollution are car exhausts emitting carbon monoxide and coal burning producing sulphur dioxide.
The mixture of gases surrounding the Earth, any star or planet.
Any action to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities. Abatement acts on a global level over long time scales, slowing the rate of climate change and delaying or deferring the date of impact and its magnitude. While we may contribute only a very small amount to global
emissions, as good global citizen we must take responsibility for our own emission and work to reduce them.
Any action to respond to the anticipated or actual conditions related to climate change. Such strategies can reduce our vulnerability to change in climate at the local and regional level and over short time scales. They allow
communities to develop a capacity to avoid or minimize the negative effect of climate change.
Bureau of Meteorology (Australian Government)
A colourless odourless gas formed by the CO2 burning of carbon or breathed out by animals in respiration. The burning of fossil fuels (oil, coal and natural gas) to create electricity and produce fuel for transport is increasing the
amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
Being carbon neutral means that you produce no net emissions of carbon dioxide.
The buying and selling of permits allowing people to emit set amounts of carbon in the atmosphere.