Protecting Biodiversity Gapfill Quiz

level: upper-intermediate

You can do this quiz online or print it on paper. It tests vocabulary and comprehension of an issue covered on our page about Saving Natural Habitats, one of a series of EnglishClub readings on environmental and health issues.

An extract from Biodiversity on the Brink by Sir Robert Watson in Chapter 1 of the WWF Living Planet Report 2020 (page 12):

The most important direct driver of 1. a) biodiversity b) income c) production loss in terrestrial systems in the last several decades has been land-use change, primarily the conversion of pristine native 2. a) species b) farmlands c) habitats (forests, grasslands and mangroves) into agricultural systems; while much of the oceans has been overfished. Since 1970, these trends have been driven in large part by a doubling of the world’s 3. a) marine b) wildlife c) human population, a fourfold increase in the global economy, and a tenfold 4. a) decrease b) increase c) change in trade. The challenge is to 5. a) transform b) conserve c) preserve agricultural and fishing practices, many of which are unsustainable today, into ones that produce the affordable and nourishing food we need while 6. a) damaging b) ignoring c) protecting and conserving biodiversity. For agriculture, this means using 7. a) unsustainable b) sustainable c) unstainable agroecological practices, 8. a) reducing b) increasing c) sustaining the use of chemicals, fertilisers and 9. a) pests b) pestilence c) pesticides , and protecting our soils and 10. a) pollutants b) pollinators c) polluters .

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Full text: WWF Living Planet Report 2020

Contributor: Matt Errey. Matt is the author of several books including 1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context and Common English Idioms for learners, and Matt's ESL Games and Quizzes for teachers.