Any change to the environment due to human activity or natural events.
Human environmental impact is sometimes defined as: (number of people × mean consumption per person), or total consumption of food, water, fuel and all other resources.
Both the human population and consumption rates continue to increase, with numerous consequences.
- acidification of the oceans,
- alien invasive species,
- biodiversity (loss),
- climate change,
- environmental ethics,
- environmental impact assessment,
- folk biology,
- green revolution,
- soil erosion
This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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