Energy and Climate

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Before you watch the lecture, it is important that you understand 10 key words. For each of the definitions below, choose the correct word.

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1. One or more reasons for believing that something is or is not true.

proof survey
research evidence

2. Causing disagreement or discussion

critical ambiguous
controversial assumed

3. The part of the Earth's environment where life exists.

biosphere geosphere
atmosphere ecosystem

4. A person who doubts or is uncertain about the truth or value of an idea or belief.

agnostic cynic
pessimist sceptic

5. To interrupt or affect negatively a state or situation

disturb distract
disobey disengage

6. The process by which a plant uses the energy from the sun to produce its own food.

tanning photosynthesis
evolution radiation

7. All the living things in an area and the way they affect each other and the environment.

ecology geosphere
ecosystem biosphere

8. A strong personal interest in something because you could get an advantage from it.

vested interest individual interest
special interest particular interest

9. The state of needing something or someone all the time, especially in order to keep living or operating.

relevance subordination
dependency requirement

10. People's ability to find clever new ways of doing something.

human resources human manpower
special interest human ingenuity


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