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dateline: 01 December 2015

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World Leaders Meet for Historic Climate Change Talks

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • representative/delegate: a person who acts or speaks on behalf of a large group
  • formulate: to come up with; to create
  • greenhouse gas emissions: substances that trap energy from the sun and release heat back to earth
  • catastrophic: causing serious damage
  • irreversible: unable to be fixed or changed back
  • vital: very important

World Leaders Meet for Historic Climate Change Talks

Representatives from 196 countries have gathered in Paris this week to discuss climate change. The of the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) is to formulate an to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit . Scientists have warned that if global temperatures rise more than 2C above pre-industrial averages, the damage will likely be catastrophic and irreversible. for delegates is at an all-time-high due to the terror attacks in Paris.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What does COP21 stand for?
  2. What is the main goal of the conference?
  3. How do these talks relate to terrorism?

Discussion Questions: Do you believe that global warming is a manmade problem that humans have the power to fix?

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Written and recorded 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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