environmental environmental adj. 1. of or pertaining to the environment; as, environmental factors. [WordNet 1.5]

2. of or pertaining to the environment (definition 2); as, environmental pollution; environmental disaster; environmental cleanup; environmental deterioration. [WordNet 1.5]

THOUSANDS of dead fish and other marine species, suffocated by a rotting, glutinous morass which spreads over kilometres of coral reefs. This scenario has all the hallmarks of a unnatural environmental disaster resulting from environmental negligence. However this isn't the case, instead the cause -- coral spawn slick deoxygenation -- is a natural event which has the potential to occur periodically on the reefs of the West Pilbara. --Michael Borowitzka (``Natural event spawns environmental disaster'' in Murdoch News, October 12, 1995)

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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