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(Updated on 26/03/2012)

 

EARTH PROBLEMS

I. Air Pollution - II. Energy Depletion - III. Overflowing Landfills -
IV. Rain Forest Destruction - V. Vanishing Species - VI. Water Pollution



Write these phrases under the corresponding pictures :

 

 

You can check here.

 


I. Air Pollution

A little vocabulary ( + Page 2 ). Match the words on the left with their definitions on the right :

 
Find the right letter.
 

1) Smog

  a) Compounds produced by the incomplete burning of gasoline and the evaporation of such things as industrial solvents and oil paints.
2) Ozone Layer   b) Precipitation that results from chemicals released into the air.
3) Hydrocarbons   c) Originally meaning a combination of smoke and fog.
4) Acid rain   d) A colorless, odorless, deadly gas created mainly by the incomplete combustion of fuels.
5) Carbon Monoxide (CO)   e) Atmospheric gases located in the stratosphere (12 to 30 miles above the earth's surface).

Which is the world's most polluted city ? ...................................................................................................................................

Where is smog very thick in the USA ? .....................................................................................................................................

What is its composition ? (HELP) : .......................................................................................................................................................

Where does acid rain come from ? (Don't copy the answer. Use your OWN words.)

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What are the effects of air pollution ? See Page 1 - Page 2

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Listen to the song and write the words that you understand about pollution. You can cheat...

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What may happen to the world if nothing is done ? Watch the video.

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What can YOU do to reduce air pollution ? Choose the most important actions in your opinion. ( + Page 2 )

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II. Energy Depletion

A little vocabulary - Page 1 - Page 2
Complete the sentences with the correct form of the following verbs : burn - find - make - use

Coal is .............................. to make electricity.
Elecricity is an electric current .............................. or regarded as a source of power.
Natural gas is a fossil fuel found deep in the earth. Natural gas is often .............................. with oil.
Oil is a liquid fuel found deep in the earth. Gasoline and some plastics are .............................. from oil.



How do we use energy? Give 4 examples :


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How can we save energy used to make products ? Find 3 verbs :

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Look at the house where a lot of energy is lost. Find solutions. What must be changed ?

- in the basement : .......................................................................................................................................................................

- on the first floor : ......................................................................................................................................................................

- in the bedroom : .........................................................................................................................................................................

 

 

 



III. Overflowing Landfills

A little vocabulary :

Give examples of trash : .......................................................................................................................................................................

Find other types of trash : .....................................................................................................................................................................

What is garbage ? .................................................................................................................................................................................

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Can we eliminate all our garbage ? .........................................................................................................................................

What is the best thing we can do ? .........................................................................................................................................

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How much do we recycle ?

 
Percentage
glass
aluminium
paper
all plastic

Play the Rubbish Challenge.

 


IV. Rain Forest Destruction

A little vocabulary

Name the Tropical Rainforest Layers :

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They prevent "Global Warming" from happening. = ..........................................................................................................................

It means you aren't destroying the forest to make a living. = .............................................................................................................

It happens when a living forest is destroyed due to things such as logging, cattle ranching, or oil drilling = ....................................

What percentage do tropical forests represent in the world ? ...............................................................................................

How many acres of rainforest are burned every day in the world ? .......................................................................

What are the consequences of deforestation ?

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What can we do to help ? Page 1 - Page 2 . Select 4 things :

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Find the names of organizations which work to protect the Earth's rainforests : Page 1 - Page 2 :

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V. Vanishing Species

1) A little vocabulary :

Verbs
Definitions
Translate the verbs into your language
to vanish to disappear  
to threaten to be a source of danger to, to menace
 
to hunt to pursue for food, to search through a place for prey  
to poach to hunt illegally  

 

2) Read the paragraphs indicating threats for these animals and tick them on the table below :

ANIMALS

THREATS

Commerce
                 
Habitat
                 
Hunting
                 
Poaching
                 
Poisoning
                 
Pollution
                 
 

 



VI. Water Pollution


Find sources of water pollution : Page 1 - Page 2 :

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How many people die every day because of water pollution ? ........................................................................................

What's wrong with this picture ? Click on the spots where you think someone is doing something wrong.
What SHOULDN'T the people do ?

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Comment upon this cartoon :

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