natural resource


Definition of natural resource

1 natural resources plural : industrial materials and capacities (such as mineral deposits and waterpower) supplied by nature

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Acquiring Greenland for the purpose of plundering its natural resources and using its waterways which have been created by melting ice because of global warming may not be absurd but certainly is unethical. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Trump buying Greenland is certainly unethical," 29 Aug. 2019 The problem with the world today is the waste of energy and the lack of respect for natural resources. Georgia Frances King, Quartz, "The secret to making people care about climate change is surprisingly simple," 15 Aug. 2019 This balances the needs of extraction and agriculture industries with those of conservationists and recreationists, allowing all of those groups to coexist in an arrangement that protects our natural resources for the benefit of future generations. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Turmoil at the BLM Is Threatening Public Lands," 30 July 2019 While Earthers, Martians and Belters maneuver to colonize Ilus and its natural resources, these early explorers don’t understand this new world and are unaware of the larger dangers that await them. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Amazon renews Carnival Row ahead of its debut, The Expanse season 5 and more," 27 July 2019 Wade Crowfoot, California secretary for natural resources, said the state is still trying to determine the cause of the spill and whether the oil company’s use of steam injection in the area was a contributing factor. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, "Touring oil spill site, Newsom calls for greater oversight of California petroleum industry," 24 July 2019 Australia has barred the firm from building its next-generation 5G cellphone networks, even though its economy depends on China’s appetite for natural resources. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "Is Huawei a Security Threat? Vietnam Isn’t Taking Any Chances," 18 July 2019 Officials said the money must be spent to improve water quality and natural resources. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "3M’s $850 million settlement could support city water connections," 9 Aug. 2019 There’s only a finite amount of land and other natural resources available on the planet, some of which must be used to feed human populations and some of which must be protected and managed for climate mitigation. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "To Halt Warming and Ensure Food Supplies, Land-Use Practices Must Change," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of natural resource

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Kids Definition of natural resource

: something (as water, a mineral, forest, or kind of animal) that is found in nature and is valuable to humans

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