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Thursday, 16 January 2020

Climate change explained

Level: Intermediate / B1

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Many people are saying that 2020 is crucial for climate change action. Why is that?

Watch this excellent BBC video * (3 minutes) about it and answer the following questions:

1) What three extreme events are mentioned early in the video?
2) What are fossil fuels? (Three examples given in the video.)
3) How much higher is the Earth's temperature than it was in pre-industrial times?
4) How much Arctic sea ice has been lost since the late-seventies?
5) Where and when is the next climate conference?

Bonus question - which was the warmest year on record? (You will have to do a bit of extra research for this one!)

And if you want to practice your grammar with a climate change theme, please have a look at grammar lesson 22: Future tenses - ecological disaster

* apologies for the link not working properly on the original post

Answers below!

1) Fires in Australia, floods in Indonesia, and record temperatures in Europe.
2) Coal, oil, gas.
3) 1.1 degrees
4) Half (of the volume)
5) Glasgow, 9-19 November 2020.

Bonus question: 2016 (

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