From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthe environmentthe environmentSGEthe air, water, and land on Earth, which is affected by man’s activities Some of these chemicals are very damaging to the environment. legislation to protect the environment the effects of acid rain on the environment the government minister for the environmentGrammarYou always say the environment in this meaning: Pollution from cars is bad for the environment. ✗Don’t say: Pollution from cars is bad for environment. → environment
Examples from the Corpusthe environment• Young people between 18 and 30 tend to be much more concerned about the environment than the older generation.• Recycling paper and cans is one easy way to preserve the environment.• Ask your local MP what he or she intends to do to help protect the environment.• Many modern farming methods are highly damaging to the environment.