Sustainable Development Glossary – T

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targeting – (1) To aim one’s focus at a specific target. (2) Directing one’s attention and energies for the goal of obtaining a specific result.


technology – Scientific study and use of mechanical arts, applied sciences and engineering.


tidal energy – Energy derived from the energy and movement of the ocean’s tides, usually converted to electrical energy.


topsoil – The original upper layer of soil material with higher organic content.


tourism – The business of providing accommodations and services for tourists.


toxic – (poisonous, deadly) (1) Of, related to, or caused by a poison or toxin. (2) Affected by a poison or toxin.


toxic substances – Substances that are poisonous.


trace – (follow, discover, investigate) (1) To discover by investigation. (2) To follow or discover by finding and noticing evidence. (3) To describe the development of something.


trade-off – (compromise) Balancing of various factors in order to achieve the best combination.


transnational corporations – A business organization operating in a number of countries.


travel journal – A detailed record of one’s travel patterns and experiences, including modes of transportation, destinations, travel times, etc.


travel mode – Method of traveling, for instance traveling by walking, bicycle, bus, train, car, etc.


trigger – (initiate, start, set off) (1) To cause or activate something. (2) Something that acts to initiate a process or reaction.


trophic – A level in a food web, food chain, or food pyramid.


troposphere – The lowest layer of the Earth’s atmosphere, extending from the Earth’s surface up to about 7 to 17 km. Weather is confined to this turbulent layer of the atmosphere.

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