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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Polar bears and Arctic ice - listening lesson 4

Level: Advanced / C1

Some great photos is this BBC slideshow about polar bears.

Warning: there are some graphic images in the slideshow.

Listen to the commentary (five minutes long) and answer the following questions:
1) How long has Andrew Derocher been studying polar bears?
2) Where has Jenny E Ross photographed polar bears (five places)?
3) What is the young polar bear doing on the steep cliff (two minutes into the slideshow)?
4) ''Polar bears are attracted by the smell of human                      and                        .''
5) True or false: Jenny E Ross says we are going to lose the winter sea ice n the Arctic.

Answers below!


1) Thirty years.
2) Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Norway and Russia.
3) Looking for food (bird eggs).
4) ''Polar bears are attracted by the smell of human food and garbage .''
5) False. (We will lose summer sea ice.)

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