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the aggregate of surrounding conditions or influences on an individual.


The milieu; the aggregate of all of the external conditions and influences affecting the life and development of an organism. It can be divided into physical, biologic, social, cultural; any or all of which can influence the health status of the population.
[Fr. environ, around]


(ĕn-vī′rən-mənt, -vī′ərn-)
a. The totality of the natural world, often excluding humans: "Technology, of course, lies at the heart of man's relationship with the environment" (Mark Hertsgaard).
b. A subset of the natural world; an ecosystem: the coastal environment.
c. The combination of external physical conditions that affect and influence the growth, development, behavior, and survival of organisms: "Conditions in a lion's environment ... can drive it to hunt people" (Philip Caputo).
d. The complex of social and cultural conditions affecting the nature of an individual person or community.


The milieu; the aggregate of all of the external conditions and influences affecting the life and development of an organism.
[Fr. environ, around]


the surroundings of any organism, including the MEDIUM, SUBSTRATE, climatic conditions, other organisms (see BIOTIC FACTORS), light and pH.


The milieu; aggregate of all external conditions and influences affecting life and development of an organism.
[Fr. environ, around]

Patient discussion about environment

Q. what environment is recommended for one who has Asthma?

A. dry and clean. as less pollens, dust, pollution - the better is for the asthmatic. any allergen in the environment would cause attacks. (as long as he is allergic..)

Q. i feel huge tension when i am in close narrow environment , is it a phobia?

A. Yes, it may be considered a phobia, or more specifically situational type phobia. However, the important thing is whether is this fear reasonable? Do you think it's out of proportion? Phobia is a fear that one perceive as irrational and out of proportion and yet one feels and is affected adversely by it. If this fear is appropriate (e.g. fear of falling in mountain climbing) it's not a phobia.

You may read more about it http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/phobias.html

Q. how exactly dust effects on asthmatic people? how can one avoid a dust environment?

A. some people try to dust proof there home,they change there matress once a year-----thay do not have rugs in there home---no curtains or draps --and they have someone else dust and clean/no pets.some people keep there pets and take allergie meds.

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Nature lovers and environmentalists have also demanded that the Bandhwari waste treatment plant should employ scientific methods and no further waste plant should be set up in the Aravalli.
Gallup's data indicate that much of the drop in identification as an environmentalist occurred from the mid-1990s through 2000, with smaller declines since then.
We want to grow the numbers of Chartered Environmentalists and raise the profile of the qualification so that it becomes normal to specify it when recruiting for environmentally sensitive jobs.
Accordingly, almost four-fifths of committed environmentalists stated they felt threatened.
Despite her early portrayals by environmentalists as "James Watt in a skirt," she has shown far more political acumen than the man who once bragged of a commission on which he had a black, a woman, "two Jews, and a cripple."
Environmentalists don't grace the covers of magazines, teen rags or even the tabloids apart from reports of their unfortunate failures and arrests or how they've been brutally rebuffed.
Royal states his thesis that the West has a better religious basis for a sound ecological ethic than radical environmentalists think.
Shouldn't the environmentalist, the regulator, and the media be looking for ways to help us encourage their use?"
While it is illegal to pray aloud in school and suspect to salute the flag, it is not thought unusual if schools teach a fantastic environmentalist catechism of devastation and disaster that suggests, among other things, that Planet Earth will soon be reduced to a lifeless cinder if children let the water run while brushing their teeth.
Plainly, anyone who failed to espouse the goals that distinguish "environmentalists" from "developers" would not qualify as an environmentalist, just as anyone who failed to own a dog would not qualify as a dog-owner.

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