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Friday, 27 May 2011

Global warming - FCE lesson

Level: FCE / B2

Global warming

Read the text below and decide which answer A, B, C or D best fits each space. There is an example at the beginning (0).

0          A  recognised              B  regarded                 C  registered                D  represented

The Earth's climate is a very complicated system. What's more, it is now widely (0) ..A.. that human activity is having an effect on it. The pollution which (1) ..... from the use of oil and coal in industry, (2) ..... the increased use of private cars, is causing significant changes in temperature in many parts of the world. These changes often have a knock-on effect on other aspects of the climate, (3) ..... to things like extreme weather (4) .....  and rising sea levels.

Studying the changes which are taking (5) .....  and predicting those that are (6) ..... to happen in the future is now a major area of scientific research. The information which the scientists (7) ..... is very useful in helping governments to (8) .....  the effects of climate change and so be better prepared to (9) .....  with them.

A much more (10) .....  problem, however, is how to prevent the situation from (11) .....  worse. This depends on how quickly, and to what extent, the (12) ..... of pollution in the atmosphere increases. Although many countries have now agreed to try and limit the pollution they create, much more (13) ..... to be done. If no further action is (14) .....  , then temperatures are set to rise by about 0.2% per decade (15) .....  the 21st century. Such a rate of warming is greater than anything that has occurred over the last ten thousand years.

 1          A  recovers      B  concludes    C  results          D  happens
2          A  as far as      B  as soon as    C  as long as    D  as well as
3          A  leading        B  causing        C  finishing      D  producing
4          A  examples    B  conditions    C  cases            D  instances
5          A  point           B  part              C  path             D  place
6          A  surely         B  probably      C  likely            D  possibly
7          A  provide       B  progress       C  prove            D  propose
8          A  prevent       B  pretend        C  predict          D  prefer
9          A  handle        B  face              C  manage        D  cope
10        A  serious       B  determined   C  thoughtful   D  anxious
11        A  going          B  giving           C  getting         D  gaining
12        A  addition     B  amount        C average         D  account
13        A  needs          B  wants           C wishes          D  hopes
14        A  held            B  taken            C made            D  carried
15        A  already       B  during          C while             D  still

Adapted from Fast Track to FCE, Longman

Answers below!

1  C results
2  D as well as
3  A leading
4  B conditions
5  D place
6  C likely
7  A provide
8  C predict
9  D cope
10 A serious
11 C getting
12 B amount
13 A needs
14 B taken
15 B during

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