The natural environment, commonly referred to simply as the environment, encompasses all living and non-living things occurring naturally on Earth or some region thereof.
The natural environment is contrasted with the built environment, which comprises the areas and components that are strongly influenced by humans. A geographical area is regarded as a natural environment , if the human impact on it is kept under a certain limited level.
The built environment refers to the man-made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, ranging in scale from personal shelter to neighborhoods to the large-scale civic surroundings
Adopted from :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Built_environment
|1.||the aggregate of surrounding things, conditions, or influences; surroundings; milieu.|
|2.||Ecology. the air, water, minerals, organisms, and all other external factors surrounding and affecting a given organism at any time.|
|3.||the social and cultural forces that shape the life of a person or a population.|
|an indoor or outdoor setting that is characterized by the presence of environmental art that is itself designed to be site-specific.|
Adopted from: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/environment
An environment is what surrounds a thing or an item. The environment is the surrounding. It could be a physical element - physical environment, that includes the built environment, natural environment - air conditions, water, land, atmosphere etc or it could be human environment - people surrounding the item or thing. This is also known as the social environment and includes elements like the spiritual environment, emotional environment, home, family etc.