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Global warming has been happening for many years. It is caused by people and the way we live. Many things contribute to global warming. Things like cars and plastic cause big problems for the environment and they are making the earth hotter.

We have known about global warming for many years. But, people have not stopped using cars, plastic and other things that are harmful to the environment. Some scientists think it is now too late to stop global warming.

Countries around the world are starting to be affected by global warming. Many countries are getting hotter. In the UK, there are more hot days and fewer cold days each year. This is a big problem for countries which are already hot. Countries in Europe, Africa, and South America may be too hot for people in the future.

Scientists think we will see more changes to the weather in the future.

Difficult words

Caused: To make something happen.

Contribute: To help or add to something.

Environment: The people, plants and animals all around you.

Known: To understand something is real. (The past of ‘know’)

Harmful: Something that is able to hurt someone.

Affected: Something that has been changed by something else.

Fewer: Less than before.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1.  Caused A.  Less
 2. Contribute B. Around
 3. Environment C. Help
 4. Harmful D. To make happen
 5. Fewer E. Hurtful

True or False?

1. Global warming is a new thing happening. T / F

2.  It is caused by people. T / F

3.   The world is getting colder. T / F

4.  People have stopped using plastic.  T / F

5.  Scientists think there will be more weather changes. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. years / many / has / warming / been / Global / for / happening

2. too / scientists / think / it / is / now / Some / late

3. countries / getting / Many / are / hotter

4. countries / a / problem / This / is / big / for

5. think / changes / Scientists / more / see / will / we

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

Hotter Plastic Environment
Future Warming years

Global ___________ has been happening for many years. It is caused by people and the way we live. Many things contribute to global warming. Things like cars and plastic cause big problems for the _______________ and they are making the earth hotter.

We have known about global warming for many _______. But, people have not stopped using cars, ____________ and other things that are harmful to the environment. Some scientists think it is now too late to stop global warming.

Countries around the world are starting to be affected by global warming. Many countries are getting __________. In the UK there are more hot days and fewer cold days each year. This is a big problem for countries which are already hot. Countries in Europe, Africa, and South America may be too hot for people in the ____________.

Scientists think we will see more changes to the weather in the future.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think about global warming?
4. Do you agree that humans are the cause of global warming?
5. When did you first hear about global warming?
6. Is your country doing anything to prevent global warming?
7. Are you concerned about global warming? If so, what concerns you most?
8. How will humans be affected by global warming?
9. Do you think global warming could wipe out all humans?
10. Have you noticed any effects of global warming in your country?
11. Do you do anything that is eco-friendly?
12. Do you think all countries are taking global warming seriously?
13. Which countries do you think are the most eco-friendly?
14. What countries do you think are the least eco-friendly?
15. What single change do you think could help the most?
16. Some cities are planning to ban all non-electric cars. What do you think about this?
17. What do you think about the claim that the world is heading for disaster by 2040?
18. How different do you think the world will be in 30 years?
19. Do you agree that radical change is required to stop global warming?
20. What is the biggest threat to your country from global warming?