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Today’s article title is: Climate change in mind, Wall Street to start trading a new commodity: Water

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SCARCITY

Noun

Pronunciation: skair-si-tee

Meaning: a falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number

Synonyms: crunch, dearth, deficiency, deficit, drought, lacuna, want

Antonyms: abundance, adequacy, amplitude, opulence, plenitude, plenty, sufficiency, wealth

Usage: There is no scarcity of food in this house 

Forms: Scarce (adjective)


ACUTE

Adjective

Pronunciation: uh-kyoot

Meaning: extreme in degree, power, or effect/ Needing immediate attention

Synonyms: intense/ critical, dire, imperative

Antonyms: light, moderate, soft/ noncritical, nonurgent

Usage: He is in acute distress/ There is an acute shortage of blood at the blood bank 


ALTERNATIVE

Noun

Pronunciation: awl-tur-nuh-tiv

Meaning: the power, right, or opportunity to choose

Synonyms: choice, discretion, liberty

Antonyms: coercion, duress, force

Usage: You do not have an alternative in this situation 

Forms: Alternatively (adverb)


UNABATED

Adjective

Pronunciation: uhn-uh-bey-tid

Meaning: continuing at full strength or force without becoming weaker

Synonyms: persevering, persistent, relentless, steadfast, steady, unwavering

Antonyms: broken, paused

Usage: The river continued to flow unabated 


GRIM

Adjective

Pronunciation: grim

Meaning: harsh and threatening in manner or appearance

Synonyms: dour, rough, rugged, severe

Antonyms: benign, benignant, gentle, mild, nonintimidating, tender
Usage: His grim personality made his presence unwelcome