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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Recent Examples on the Web Adventure tourism plays a huge role in the climate resiliency push by creating jobs and an economic incentive to restore and protect Dominica’s greatest natural resource—its wild side. Melissa Findley, National Geographic, "Destinations on the rise for 2021," 20 Nov. 2020 Though important wins, the overhaul will do little to make mining safer in practice, experts warn, amid weak enforcement and an ongoing push to liberalize Brazilian markets – in part by opening the country up to more natural resource extraction. Ana Ionova, The Christian Science Monitor, "Brazil dam disaster: Five years on, are new laws enough?," 13 Nov. 2020 Karolien Debusschere, deputy director of the spill office, said the spill was significant enough to trigger the first stage of a natural resource damage investigation under the federal Oil Pollution Act. Mark Schleifstein,, "Louisiana officials say chemical, oil releases after Hurricanes Delta, Laura, were minimal," 6 Nov. 2020 Her areas of expertise include environmental science, urban planning, natural resource depletion and land use governance. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The pandemic and the economy top voter concerns, but there’s a bigger issue," 31 Oct. 2020 The district figured out how to open areas meant for groups, such as swim ponds, natural resource programming, and play spaces. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, "Will cold stifle rush to the outdoors? Some parks and trail managers don't see it," 29 Oct. 2020 A century of mining and two World Wars depleted the higher-quality iron ore, prompting a switch to taconite, a lower-grade form of the natural resource that is processed and used to make steel. Katie Galioto, Star Tribune, "Despite political spotlight, Iron Range town still waiting for economic spark," 25 Oct. 2020 When asked about natural resource development, both candidates endorsed diversifying Alaska’s energy portfolio. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Don Young and challenger Alyse Galvin debate natural resources, social issues and COVID-19 response," 23 Oct. 2020 Conspicuously absent from the list were three individuals that the governor had nominated to serve on one of the most consequential and controversial panels governing Oregon’s natural resource agencies: the Board of Forestry. oregonlive, "Senate scuttles governor’s forestery board nominees; Sen. Golden denounces backroom dealing on natural resource nominees," 26 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of natural resource

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Nov 2020

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“Natural resource.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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