The risk of damage to the environment due to man-made influences. Global warming is one manifestation of environmental risk.
While environmental risk is defined here as damage to the environment, it should be clear that such damage directly affects the health of all creatures inhabiting the earth. Thus, environmental risk is inextricably linked to health risk.
A new manufacturing plant. There is a likelihood that byproducts of the manufacturing process may contaminate surroundings.
Chemicals are released on adjoining land, and seep into the water system, contaminating it. Residents are forced to evacuate and or use bottled water while costly clean-up is initiated.
The manufacturing plant operates cleanly and successfully, contributing to the surrounding community’s prosperity.