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EFL Listening&Speaking Weather Worksheet

EFL Listening&Speaking Weather Worksheet

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EFL LISTENING & SPEAKING - WEATHER 
GLOBAL WARMING 101 – http://kr.youtube.com/watch?v=oJAbATJCugsFor 2.5 million years, the earth’s climate has fluctuated, cycling from ice ages to warmer  periods. But in the last century, the planet’s temperature has risen unusually fast – about1.2 – 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Scientists believe its human activity that’s driving thetemperatures up; a process known as global warming.***These greenhouse gases trap heat near the earth through a naturally occurring processcalled the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect begins with the sun and the energy itradiates to the earth. The earth and the atmosphere absorb some of this energy, while therest is radiated back into space. Naturally occurring gases in the atmosphere trap some of this energy and reflect it back, warming the earth. Scientists now believe that thegreenhouse effect is being intensified by the extra greenhouse gases that humans havereleased.***Evidence for global warming includes a recent string of very warm years. Scientistsreport that 1998 was the warmest year in measured history, with 2005 coming in second.Meanwhile, readings taken from ice cores show that the greenhouse gases, carbondioxide and methane have hit their highest levels in the past 420,000 years.***As long as industrialized nations consume energy and developing countries increase their fossil fuel consumption, the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere willcontinue to rise. Researchers predict that temperatures will increase about 2 -10 degreesFahrenheit by the end of the century.***Some climate models predict subtle changes. Others forecast rising sea levels whichcould flood coastal areas around the world. Weather patterns could change, makinghurricanes more frequent. Severe droughts could become more common in warm areasand species unable to adapt to the changing conditions would face extinction.***Many organizations advocate cutting greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the impact of global warming. Consumers can help. By saving energy around the house, switching tocompact fluorescent light bulbs and driving fewer miles in the car each week.
 
THE MYTH ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING -http://kr.youtube.com/watch?v=iMDi_u0dcigWhile we should strive to minimize air, water and land pollution, there is no need toconcern ourselves about carbon dioxide.What carbon dioxide is, is essential for life on earth. Plants eat it, it is plant food. And infact as carbon dioxide has increased in the air over the last 50 years, plants have grown better, more vigorously, faster, farmers have gotten a little extra bounty in their crops for free because there’s more carbon dioxide in the air. Without carbon dioxide, there wouldnot be life on earth, we wouldn’t be here. It is essential to us.***University of Ottawa geology professor Dr. Jan Visor has recently demonstrated thatchanges in atmospheric carbon dioxide have had little effect on earth’s long termtemperature, in comparison with natural causes.***Over this time frame, there is no meaningful correlation between carbon dioxide levelsand earth’s temperature. In fact, when CO2 levels were over 10 times higher than theyare today, about 450 million years ago, our planet was in the depths of the absolutecoldest period in the last half billion years.***We see that the temperature record and the Co2 record from these ancient atmospheresfollow very closely one to another. But when we look more closely at the detail, we seethat the temperature record increases first, the co2 record lags the temperature by up to800 years. In other words, co2 is acting as a result of temperature rise, and not as causeof temperature increase.
 
EFL LISTENING & SPEAKING - WEATHER 
GLOBAL WARMING 101 – http://kr.youtube.com/watch?v=oJAbATJCugsFor ______ million years, the earth’s climate has ____________, cycling from ice ages towarmer periods. But in the last century, the planet’s temperature has ______ unusuallyfast – about 1.2 – 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Scientists believe its human activity that’s __________ the temperatures up; a _________ known as global warming.***These greenhouse gases trap heat near the earth through a naturally __________ processcalled the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect begins with the sun and the energy it ________ to the earth. The earth and the atmosphere absorb _________ of this energy,while the rest is radiated back _________ space. Naturally occurring gases in theatmosphere ____________ some of this energy and reflect it back, warming the earth.Scientists now believe that the greenhouse effect is being _________________ by theextra greenhouse gases that humans have released.***Evidence for global warming includes a recent ___________ of very warm years.Scientists report that 1998 was the warmest year in measured history, with 2005 comingin ____________. Meanwhile, readings taken from ice cores _____________ that thegreenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and methane have hit their highest levels in the past ____________ years.***As long as industrialized nations consume energy and _______________ countriesincrease their fossil fuel consumption, the concentration of greenhouse gases in theatmosphere will continue ______ rise. Researchers predict that temperatures willincrease about ______________ degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century.***Some climate models __________ subtle changes. Others forecast rising sea levelswhich could ___________ coastal areas around the world. Weather patterns couldchange, making _______________ more frequent. Severe droughts could become morecommon in warm areas and _____________ unable to adapt to the changing conditionswould face extinction.***

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