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English definition of “environmental impact”

environmental impact

noun [C, usually singular]
 
 
ENVIRONMENT
the effect that the activities of people and businesses have on the environment: eliminate/minimize/reduce the environmental impact Scores of public service announcements will be aired giving the audience tips about how to conserve energy and reduce their environmental impact. possible/potential environmental impactenvironmental impact of sth Many stores are committed to reducing the environmental impact of plastic shopping bags.environmental impact on sth The environmental impact on the city of the flood is only beginning to be assessed.
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