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    Keywords - terms that can appear anywhere in the record, such as titles, descriptions, or full-text:

    Ecological houses
    Energy policy
    Green building
    Green movement
    House building
    Organic gardening
    Sustainable living

    Subject Headings - specific terms that are assigned to each item to describe the subject:

    Dwellings -- Energy conservation
    Industries -- Environmental aspects
    Sustainability -- Social aspects
    Sustainable development -- Political aspects
    Sustainable development -- Social aspects



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    How has the use of solar and wind energy impacted the environment?


    Solar energy

    Wind energy

    Environmental impact

    Key Terms

    solar energy
    solar technology
    renewable energy
    alternative energy
    wind energy
    wind technology
    renewable energy
    alternative energy
    "environmental impact"
    "environmental harm"


    "solar energy"  OR "wind energy" AND "environmental impact"


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