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thermal pollution

noun
  1. a rise in the temperature of rivers or lakes that is injurious to water-dwelling life and is caused by the disposal of heated industrial waste water or water from the cooling towers of nuclear power plants.
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thermal pollution in Culture

thermal pollution

The dumping of heated gases or heated wastewater (often from electrical generating plants) into the air or water.

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Thermal pollution of the air can affect the weather; thermal pollution of water can threaten plants or animals living in it.
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