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Saving our planet
There has been a great increase in plastic ________ which has created waste and sea ________.

________ panels are used to save ________ and produce heating.

Climate change is the cause of many natural ________.

Tornados, earthquakes and tsunamis seem to be the result of ________.

________ warming is causing the ________ to melt and the sea levels to rise.

Energy ________ need to be changed from fossil ________ to clear alternative sources like solar panels or ________ farms.
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Word formation: word families
There was an ________ (impress) participation of delegates who raised ________ (aware) on recycling and dumping e-waste.

________ (manufacture) are considering to take back their computers in order to reduce e-waste.

Many non-profit organizations help ________ (privilege) families by supporting them with donations.

The Plastic Patrol is promoting simple ways to help reduce ________ (environment) problems such as plastic marine pollution.

Picking up plastic wrappers and using reusable bags are all actions that make a ________ (differ) and reduce pollution.
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Reported speech
'We accept new patients only by appointment.'
The secretary said that ________ new clients only by appointment.

'If you call me, I will come with you to the party.'
Paul said that if I ________, he ________ with me to the party.

'The journalist is holding a press conference this afternoon.'
She told me that the journalist ________ a conference ________ afternoon.

'I want to attend the lesson on climate change tomorrow.'
Susan informed me that ________ to attend the conference on climate change ________.

'If we don't stop wasting fuel, the environment will be destroyed by 2050.'
He stated that if we ________ wasting fuel, by 2050 the environment ________ destroyed.
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Reported questions
'Why aren't you eating your breakfast?'
His mother asked why he ________ (eat) his breakfast.

'Did the teacher explain to you how to do it?'
She asked me whether the teacher ________ (explain) to me how to do it.

'Have you ever been interested in environmental problems?'
The man in the office wanted to know if I ________ (be interested) in environmental problems.

'Can you help me with my school project on climate change?'
My little brother asked me if I ________ (can) with his project on climate change.

'What will you do tomorrow?'
They wanted to know what I ________ (do) the following day.

'Where were you yesterday?'
She asked me where I ________ (be) the day before.
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Reading comprehension
Would you eat insects to save the planet?
The thought of rising sea levels and more intense heatwaves are enough to keep you up at night. But while we all know the situation is getting more serious, most of us are worried with work, doctor's appointments and paying bills – and these immediate worries win every time.
There isn't much time left to figure out how to bring global warming closer to the forefront of people's minds and persuade us to reduce our carbon footprints. In fact, we have just 12 years left to keep global warming to 1.5 °C, according to last week's landmark UN report. Anything beyond this will massively worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.
Reducing our meat intake is crucial to avoiding climate breakdown, since food production accounts for about a quarter of all human-related greenhouse gas emissions and is predicted to rise. In western countries, this means eating 90% less beef and five times as many beans.
Edible insects have been hailed as a solution to both global food shortages and reducing emissions from animal agriculture, but despite the industry's best efforts, our response when faced with a cockroach is disgust. Even in London edible insects are seen as nothing more than a gimmick, and there are only a handful of restaurants serving them up.
But new research from Switzerland and Germany may have found out how to persuade people to eat insects – and it could have a huge impact on lowering human-led carbon emissions.
Up until now, retailers and restaurants have marketed edible insects as a more sustainable option and a healthy source of protein. But the researchers explain the problem with getting people to switch to environmentally friendly behaviour is that it often requires foregoing immediate pleasure for distant benefits, and edible insects have been wrongly framed in this way.

Freely adapted from: www.theguardian.com
A: The article says that we worry more about our bills than about environmental problems.
B: In 12 years global warming will be cut down to 1.5 °C.
C: Droughts, floods and heatwaves will soon hit many countries unless we reduce global warming within 12 years.
D: If we don't reduce meat consumption greenhouse gas emissions will rise.
E: Many restaurants are now serving edible insects in London.
F: Retailers affirm that eating insects is a sustainable option and a healthy source of protein.
G: Eating insects will have a huge impact on lowering human-led carbon emissions.
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Health Emergency
People's health is being damaged today by ________ change through effects ranging from deadly heatwaves in Europe to rising fever in the tropics, according to a report.
Billions of hours of farmwork has been lost during high temperatures and global ________ has damaged the ability to grow crops, it said.
The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change was produced by 150 experts from 27 universities and institutions including the World ________ Organization and the World Bank.

"World must triple efforts or face catastrophic climate change", says UN.

The report sets ________ the impacts of global warming on health in stark terms. "A rapidly changing climate has terrible implications for every aspect of human life, exposing vulnerable populations to ________ of weather, altering patterns of infectious ________, and compromising food security, safe ________ water and clean air," it said.
Nick Watt, the executive director of the Lancet Countdown, said: "These are not things happening in 2050 but are things we are already seeing today".

Adapted from: www.theguardian.com
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Listening comprehension
Dolphins in the Amazon river
For the first time ever, WWF and research ________ are now tracking river dolphins in the Amazon using satellite technology, after ________ successfully tagged dolphins in Brazil, Colombia and Bolivia, attaching small ________ that will provide new insights into the animals' movements and behaviour and the growing________ they face. As of today, 11 dolphins, including both Amazonian and Bolivian river dolphins – two of the four________ of freshwater dolphin found in the world's largest river system – have________ been tagged and researchers are already studying the invaluable________ data.
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Use of English
The local administrator announced: 'Earth Day is a celebration to raise the awareness of threats to our planet and to learn how to protect our planet.'
ONLY
The local administrator announced that ________ a way to raise awareness of the threats to our planet but it was also a way to learn how to protect it.


The journalist reported that thousands of people had marched from the Science Museum to Parliament Square to draw attention to the importance of science.
ORDER
The journalist reported that ________ greater attention to the importance of science, thousands of people had marched from the Science Museum to Parliament Square.


Unfortunately, every day a great percentage of plastic waste is thrown into the ocean.
END
Unfortunately, every day huge quantities of ________ the ocean.


'Environmentalists are looking for new recycling strategies to reduce waste and pollution.'
DOWN
The article said that environmentalists were looking for new recycling strategies ________ waste and pollution.

The report stated: 'Pollution is one of the greatest environmental problems connected to the huge amount of waste produced in the world and there should be a global solution to it.'
FOUND
The report stated that a global solution ________ to solve one of our greatest environmental problems such as pollution.
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Summative exercise
The national papers ________ that a three-year-old giant panda, ________ departed from Dulles Airport that afternoon on a one-way trip to China, to join a panda breeding program.

Giant Panda whose personality is ________ as "very independent", was loaded ________ a specially chartered plane called the "Panda Express".

The national zoo ________ that the panda was travelling ________ because it ________ better for pandas to travel in the winter months, when it is cool.
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Summative exercise
The doctor ________ that the lady could come back the week ________.

Her son apologised for ________ the water on the carpet and ________ to clean it for his mum.

The lady ________ her new friend to a conference ________ global warming on the following day.

The researchers ________ the workers of the ________ risks if they do not separate waste.

The citizens protested ________ their local council representatives for not doing enough to ________ awareness on climate change.
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