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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Bialowieza Forest: Poland broke EU law by logging

Level: advanced C1

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Poland broke EU law by allowing large-scale logging in one of Europe's oldest forest - Bialowieza - the European Court of Justice has ruled.

Read this Guardian article about it and and then answer the following questions about numbers:

1) How many trees were cut down?
2) What is the minimum fine that Poland could pay?
3) And what could it rise to?
4) How much of the world's European bison (wisent) population lives in Bialowieza?
5) How many activists were arrested during anti-logging protests?

And a bonus question:
How big is Bialowieza Forest? (You will have to do some extra research for this one!)

Answers below!


1) At least 10,000 but possibly 100,000
2) 4.3m
3) 100,000 a day
4) 25%
5) 300?

Bonus question:
3,085.8 km2 (1,191.4 square miles)

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