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Glossary

Dengue - An infectious, eruptive fever of warm climates, usually epidemic, characterized especially by severe pains in the joints and muscles.

Erosion - The process by which the surface of the earth is worn away by the action of water, glaciers, winds, waves, etc.

Greenway - Any scenic trail or route set aside for travel or recreational activities.

Hot Spots - A section of area where the most outbreaks occur.

Herbicides - A chemical substance used to destroy or inhibit the growth of plants, especially weeds.

Malaria - An infectious disease characterized by cycles of chills, fever, and sweating, caused by a protozoan of the genus Plasmodiumin red blood cells, which is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected female anopheles mosquito.

Mercury - An element (Hg on the periodic table) found naturally in the environment. Mercury emissions in the air can come from both natural and man-made sources.

Non-biodegradable - When a particular object is not able to break down naturally.

Programmable Thermostat - A thermostat which is designed to adjust the temperature according to a series of programmed settings that take effect at different times of the day. Programmable thermostats may also be called setback thermostats or clock thermostats.

Sustainability - In a more broad sense, sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology, the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time.

Swale - A shallow trough-like depression that carries water mainly during rainstorms or snow melts.

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