Definition of environment

Oct 21, 2014   What is environment - Environment definition

What is environment?

The term environment generally means, the complete dynamic natural aspects surrounding a living organism, affecting or influencing its development, growth, health and reproduction. Though environment is generally considered in relation to humanity, every living being has its own niche surrounding. While considering the biophysical aspects of environment, the living and nonliving surroundings of the particular organism are to be inclusively considered. Both these biophysical aspects are dynamic and can be either natural or man made. To what extent the biophysical surrounding has to be considered is a big question. It can vary right from microscopic scale to global scale.

The environment can be subdivided according to its attributes. The attributes are exhaustive and are highly varied. The examples of surroundings can include land, water, atmosphere, climate and temperature related aspects. There is continuous stress on our surroundings by our actions leading to climate change, loss of forest cover, species extinction, pollution of air and water, nuclear waste buildup, depletion of ozone layer and over exploitation of non renewable natural resources.

Definition of environment

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"the conditions that surround someone or something : the conditions and influences that affect the growth, health, progress, etc., of someone or something."
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"the sum total of all surroundings of a living organism, including natural forces and other living things, which provide conditions for development and growth as well as of danger and damage."
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"the circumstances or conditions that surround one; surroundings."
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"the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates."
coastal features.
marine environment
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The living organisms continuously contribute to the betterment or damage of their surroundings by their activities. Natural disaters also damage and devastate the ecological niche of the living beings, sometimes completely wiping them out.

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