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Global warming has been happening for many years. Global warming is caused by carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere. There are many causes of carbon dioxide such as cars, factories and energy production. These are all things that humans have used a lot of in recent years. All of this is causing the earth to become hotter and the climate to change.

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. Many people have been trying to reverse the effects of global warming by being more friendly to the environment. Recycling and solar power are two of the ways that people have tried to stop global warming. However, some scientists think it is now too late to stop global warming. They think that we have passed the point of no return.

In recent years, countries around the world have started to be affected by global warming. Many countries are getting hotter and their climates are changing. 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. If climate change continues in the same way then 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, especially if people are not more eco-friendly.

Difficult words

Atmosphere: The air and gasses surrounding the earth.

Known: Something that is understood to be true by many people.

Harmful: Something is able to hurt others.

Reverse: To move backwards.

Passed the point of no return: For something to go so far that it can never come back.

Affected: For something to change because of something else.

Eco-friendly: Something that does not hurt the earth or environment.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Atmosphere  A.  Backwards
 2.  Harmful  B. Green
 3.  Reverse  C.  Hurtful
 4. Affected  D. Sky
 5. Eco-friendly  E.  Changed

True or False?

1. Global warming has been a problem for a long time. T / F

2. Humans have not caused global warming. T / F

3.  Nobody has tried to stop global warming. T / F

4.   Recycling can help prevent global warming. T / F

5.  Countries’ climates have been changing. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

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

2. that / These / are / have / things / humans / all / used

3. have / reverse / the / effects / been / to / Many / trying / people

4. are / getting / countries / hotter / Many

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

Listening and Vocabulary

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

British English:

American English:

Plastic Released Friendly
Climates Changes Hotter

Global warming has been happening for many years. Global warming is caused by carbon dioxide being ____________ into the atmosphere. There are many causes of carbon dioxide such as cars, factories and energy production. These are all things that humans have used a lot of in recent years. All of this is causing the earth to become ___________ and the climate to change.

We have known about global warming for many years. But, people have not stopped using cars, ___________ and other things that are harmful to the environment. Many people have been trying to reverse the effects of global warming by being more ___________ to the environment. Recycling and solar power are two of the ways that people have tried to stop global warming. However, some scientists think it is now too late to stop global warming. They think that we have passed the point of no return.

In recent years, countries around the world have started to be affected by global warming. Many countries are getting hotter and their ____________ are changing. 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. If climate change continues in the same way then countries in Europe, Africa, and South America may be too hot for people in the future.

Scientists think we will see more ___________ to the weather in the future, especially if people are not more eco-friendly.

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?