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dateline: 05 January 2017

Listen to NewsNew Year’s Fireworks Blamed for Sharp Rise in Pollution

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • spike: a sudden rise
  • toxin: something that causes pollution or health hazards
  • atmosphere: gases surrounding the earth
  • restriction: limit
  • hazardous: dangerous to one’s health and safety
  • smog: smoke and fog that pollutes the atmosphere

New Year’s Fireworks Blamed for Sharp Rise in Pollution

Several cities in reported air pollution spikes following their New Year’s Eve firework celebrations. According to a national estimate in Germany, the fireworks 4,000 tonnes of toxins (smoke and soot) into the atmosphere. In Munich, levels rose 26 times higher than the safe level recommended by the European Union. Environmentalists say that more restrictions of fireworks are required worldwide, especially during special events such as , Guy Fawkes Night, and Diwali. The toxins from fireworks pollute waterways and contribute to hazardous smog in the .

Comprehension Questions

  1. According to the report, when and where was air pollution a major health concern recently?
  2. What do environmentalists have to say about this issue?
  3. Why does the report mention Diwali?

Discussion Questions: Do you like celebrating with fireworks? Should large firework displays be banned or restricted in major cities in order to protect the environment?

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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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3 Comments on “New Year’s Fireworks Blamed for Sharp Rise in Pollution”

  1. Tân says:

    Thanks for your topic !
    yes, i really like celebrating with fireworks. this is because it is so beautifull. but now, people should thinking more about draw back of celebrating with fireworks. it has two large disadvantages on money and people’s heath. so the government should restrict Firework celebrations to wellcome New Year as well as holidays each year to save money and protect the environment like protect people’s haeth. for example, in my country, the government restricted Firework celebrations to wellcome New Year as well as holidays each year in many small provinces

  2. Xuan says:

    Thank you for your news,
    In my opinion, I hope the government Germany should have restrictions for Firework celebrations.
    As an example, my country, Vietnam or my home, Binh Duong that the government restricted Firework celebrations to wellcome New Year as well as holidays each year.
    All things considered, Germany need to have restrictions for Firework celebrations that helps them protect the environment better as well as their life.

  3. Jeong Hojin says:

    I want to see more restrictions of fireworks.
    So I would like to make more clear air condition than now in the world.

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