Definition of emission noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    emission

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//iˈmɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//iˈmɪʃn//
     
    Energy and physical forces
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] (formal) the production or sending out of light, heat, gas, etc. the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere emission controls See related entries: Energy and physical forces
  2. 2[countable] gas, etc. that is sent out into the air The government has pledged to clean up industrial emissions. CollocationsThe environmentEnvironmental damage cause/​contribute to climate change/​global warming produce pollution/​CO2/greenhouse (gas) emissions damage/​destroy the environment/​a marine ecosystem/​the ozone layer/​coral reefs degrade ecosystems/​habitats/​the environment harm the environment/​wildlife/​marine life threaten natural habitats/​coastal ecosystems/​a species with extinction deplete natural resources/​the ozone layer pollute rivers and lakes/​waterways/​the air/​the atmosphere/​the environment/​oceans contaminate groundwater/​the soil/​food/​crops log forests/​rainforests/​treesProtecting the environment address/​combat/​tackle the threat/​effects/​impact of climate change fight/​take action on/​reduce/​stop global warming limit/​curb/​control air/​water/​atmospheric/​environmental pollution cut/​reduce pollution/​greenhouse gas emissions offset carbon/​CO2 emissions reduce (the size of) your carbon footprint achieve/​promote sustainable development preserve/​conserve biodiversity/​natural resources protect endangered species/​a coastal ecosystem prevent/​stop soil erosion/​overfishing/​massive deforestation/​damage to ecosystems raise awareness of environmental issues save the planet/​the rainforests/​an endangered speciesEnergy and resources conserve/​save/​consume/​waste energy manage/​exploit/​be rich in natural resources dump/​dispose of hazardous/​toxic/​nuclear waste dispose of/​throw away litter/(especially British English) rubbish/(especially North American English) garbage/(North American English) trash/​sewage use/​be made from recycled/​recyclable/​biodegradable material recycle bottles/​packaging/​paper/​plastic/​waste promote/​encourage recycling/​sustainable development/​the use of renewable energy develop/​invest in/​promote renewable energy reduce your dependence/​reliance on fossil fuels get/​obtain/​generate/​produce electricity from wind, solar and wave power/​renewable sources build/​develop a (50-megawatt/​offshore) wind farm install/​be fitted with/​be powered by solar panels
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘emanation’): from Latin emissio(n-), from emiss- ‘sent out’, from the verb emittere, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out of’ + mittere ‘send’.Extra examples We must take action to cut vehicle emissions. global emissions of carbon dioxide measures to reduce harmful emissions from traffic the Kyoto protocol on cutting greenhouse gas emissions
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