Degradation


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degradation

[‚deg·rə′dā·shən]
(computer science)
Condition under which a computer operates when some area of memory or some units of peripheral equipment are not available to the user.
(geology)
The wearing down of the land surface by processes of erosion and weathering.
(hydrology)
Lowering of a stream bed.
Shrinkage or disappearance of permafrost.
(organic chemistry)
Conversion of an organic compound to one containing a smaller number of carbon atoms.
(physics)
Loss of energy of a particle, such as a neutron or photon, through a collision.
(thermodynamics)
The conversion of energy into forms that are increasingly difficult to convert into work, resulting from the general tendency of entropy to increase.

Degradation

A loss of the original characteristics, or weakening of an element by erosion; a disintegration of paint by heat, moisture, sunlight or natural weathering. Also harmful action caused by human activity, such as vandalism.

Degradation

 

in biology, the simplification in structure and function of animals or plants under the influence of conditions of existence that have altered. Distinction is made between ontogenetic degradation—that is, simplification of the organism in the final stages of its development as compared with the initial stages—and phylogenetic degradation, or simplification of the structure of descendants as compared with the organization of their ancestors.

degradation

Disintegration of a paint film by heat, moisture, sunlight, or natural causes.
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Asserting that there is a need to create alertness at a grass-root level, Marioldy Sanchez Santivanez, Project Manager, Responsable De Motireo Institutional told ANI, "Achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) is a very ambitious challenge especially for developing countries.
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The anniversary campaign runs under the slogan "Let's grow the future together" supported by the global observance of WDCD and the 25th anniversary of the Convention on 17 June 2019 in Ankara, hosted by the government of Turkey.The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development declares that 'we are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations'.
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Some of the worst forms of degradation include deforestation, soil erosion, loss of soil fertility, declining water quality and pollution.
AN estimated $23 trillion would be lost by 2050 globally, as a result of land degradation, with developing nations, especially Africa, to have a lion share, if a review by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is anything to go by.
A material that undergoes degradation resulting from the action of naturally occurring microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, and algae.
Chinese scientists will help Tajikistan investigate the grassland degradation of its alpine pastures in August,Xinhuareported.