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Friday, 1 April 2011

Green Issues - vocabulary lesson 3

Level: Advanced / C1

Complete the sentences using these words:

biodiversity      erosion       exhaust         fertilizer        food chain     
hydroelectric          pesticide           residues         
wind turbine       genetically modified 

l           Poisons which are used on one species can enter the                                                              and affect other species.

2          A chemical                                                       may destroy harmful insects, but it often has undesirable side-effects.

3          A great deal of                                                             is used to increase the yield of crops. But it then runs off into the water supply and causes other problems.

4          Your car                                                           may look OK, but in fact it is part of the biggest and fastest growing global source of pollution.

5          It is important to preserve as many species of plant and animal as we can, to maintain                                                              .

6          Conservationists are very suspicious of                                                                                                           crops; they fear ‘genetic pollution’ of other species.

7          A                                                          produces totally clean energy. But some people think they are too big, noisy and ugly.

8          Where there are mountains and rainfall,                                                          energy is often a good option.

9          Most fruit and vegetables need to be washed carefully, as they carry pesticide                                on their skins.

10        In many places the destruction of forest has lead to serious                                                   of the soil, and sometimes to flooding.

Answers below!


1  food chain
2  pesticide
3  fertilizer
4  exhaust
5  biodiversity
6  genetically modified
7  wind turbine
8  hydroelectric
9  residues
10 erosion

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