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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For instance, the commission listed concerns that the property was flood-prone, that a zone change would not allow for the protection of natural resources and that the development could overcrowd local schools. Emily Brindley,, "Avon commission denies zone change for controversial Nod Road development," 11 Sep. 2019 Imperial Japan stripped Korea’s natural resources and exported thousands of Korean women to war zones to be raped by Japanese troops. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Ghosts of World War II," 5 Sep. 2019 In addition to fragile natural resources, the mountain contains numerous cultural resources and historical and burial sites. Trisha Kehaulani Watson-sproat, Vox, "Why Native Hawaiians are fighting to protect Maunakea from a telescope," 24 July 2019 Canada is the world’s sixth largest energy producer and its fifth largest net exporter, according to its natural resources agency. Washington Post, "An oil pipeline expansion is dividing Canada’s indigenous peoples," 15 Sep. 2019 Experiences and memories of these early years and time spent as migrant farm hands did much to shape his later interest and commitment to conservation and natural resource equality issues., "Hugo Herman John," 4 Sep. 2019 Earlier, Balash served in the governor’s office as a special assistant on energy and natural resource development. Steven Mufson,, "Top Interior official who pushed to expand drilling in Alaska to join oil company there," 4 Sep. 2019 But the natural resources sector remains rife with corruption often involving high-ranking officials and prominent businessmen. Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "Indonesia Confronts, Belatedly, a Huge Oil Spill Near Jakarta," 27 Aug. 2019 That money goes to cover the costs of regulating natural resource industries, as well as a host of programs supported through grants. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Colorado severance tax collections expected to drop sharply, even though a bust is nowhere in sight," 18 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of natural resource

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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