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Monday, 4 April 2011

Investing in clean energy - video lesson 1

Level: Advanced / C1

This week I would like you to read an article and watch a short video (2.5 minutes) from the Pew Environment Group. There is also an interactive map for finding information.

Read the article 'Investing in clean power', watch the video and look at the interactive map. Then you can answer these questions:

1 How much investment was there in clean energy in China in 2010?
2 Which country is second in terms of clean energy investment?
3 Why are people not investing so much in the USA and the UK?
4 How much wind energy is Spain generating? (see the map)
5 In the video, who does Phyllis Cuttino call the 'world's clean energy superpower'?

Finally, how much investment in clean energy is there in your country? Should there be more?
Let me know what you think please.

Answers below!


1 $54.4 billlion
2 Germany
3 Clean energy policies are not very clear in the UK and USA (ambiguity)
4 20,720 megawatts
5 China

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