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dateline: 16 November 2017

15,000 Scientists Issue ‘Warning to Humanity’

Listen to the news in English with Tara Benwell

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • issue: to distribute officially
  • humanity: all people
  • catastrophic: causing great damage
  • vast: very large
  • misery: suffering and sadness
  • ozone layer: a high layer of the atmosphere that blocks ultraviolet rays from entering the lower atmosphere
  • extinction: the complete loss of a species
  • dead zone: an area in the water where life cannot exist due to lack of oxygen
  • phase out: to slowly stop using or offering

15,000 Scientists Issue ‘Warning to Humanity’

Over 15,000 have signed a letter to humanity that warns of catastrophic consequences for the earth, including vast human misery for our rapidly growing population. This is a follow-up letter to an original that scientists issued exactly 25 years ago. Every threat to the earth has worsened since the original letter except the hole in the ozone layer which has improved. The letter warns that it will soon be too late to prevent extinction, dead zones in the ocean, and a lack of fresh food and water. In addition to the warning, the letter offers for preventing this fate, including phasing out the investment and use of fossil fuels and eating more plant-based foods.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is the letter to and from?
  2. Why does the report mention the ozone layer?
  3. What recommendations are made for preventing this catastrophe?

Discussion Question

Does this warning worry you personally? What changes could you and your family make to reduce your personal impact on climate change?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub

Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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2 Comments on 15,000 Scientists Issue ‘Warning to Humanity’

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  2. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for this week’s news report.

    Second, I think all of us are guilty about the earth and believe the education is only thing that can help for saving the earth.

    Third, the United Nations can play an important role in this subject because it can teach to all people how they save the earth.

    Finally, I hope all countries to participate for saving the earth kindly.

    Best wishes and have a great weekend,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

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