thermal pollution

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

Note: 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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Potential thermal pollution streams from the new energy conversion technologies are also discussed.
They are also useful in studies of volcanism and thermal pollution.
We usually think of thermal pollution in terms of the discharges of heated municipal and industrial discharges.
Geothermal direct use has practically zero emission of greenhouse-type gases and essentially no thermal pollution.
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