The Reading / Listening - Pollution - Level 2

A study has found that pollution is the world's biggest killer. It caused one in six deaths in 2015. This was 16 per cent of all global deaths. Most of these deaths were from diseases like heart disease, lung cancer and stroke. The study is in the medical journal 'The Lancet'. Researchers said about 92 per cent of pollution-related deaths were in poorer countries, especially countries with a lot of economic development, like India and China. Bangladesh and Somalia were the worst affected countries. Brunei and Sweden had the lowest numbers of pollution-related deaths.



A researcher said: "Pollution, poverty, poor health, and social injustice are deeply [linked]." He added: "Pollution threatens fundamental human rights, such as the right to life." He said air pollution was the biggest killer. It led to 6.5 million premature deaths. The second biggest killer was water pollution. The next largest killer was pollution in the workplace. A scientist said: "Air pollution is reaching crisis point." She said the people who pollution hit the hardest are those with breathing and lung problems, children and the elderly.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Pollution - Level 0 Pollution - Level 1   or  Pollution - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41678533
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/10/20/study-global-pollution-worlds-biggest-killer-and-threat-survival-mankind/783321001/
  • https://www.sciencenews.org/article/pollution-killed-9-million-people-2015


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. It caused one in
  2. 16 per cent of
  3. heart
  4. medical
  5. pollution-related
  6. a lot of economic
  7. the worst
  8. the lowest numbers of pollution-
  1. development
  2. journal
  3. related deaths
  4. six deaths in 2015
  5. disease
  6. affected countries
  7. deaths
  8. all global deaths

Paragraph 2

  1. social
  2. human
  3. 6.5 million premature
  4. water
  5. Air pollution is reaching crisis
  6. the people who pollution hit
  7. those with breathing and
  8. children and the
  1. pollution
  2. lung problems
  3. injustice
  4. elderly
  5. the hardest
  6. deaths
  7. point
  8. rights

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A study (1) ___________________ pollution is the world's biggest killer. It caused (2) ___________________ deaths in 2015. This was 16 per cent of all global deaths. Most of these deaths were from diseases like heart disease, lung (3) ___________________. The study is in the medical journal 'The Lancet'. Researchers said about 92 per cent of pollution-related deaths (4) ___________________ countries, especially countries with a (5) ___________________ development, like India and China. Bangladesh and Somalia were (6) ___________________ countries. Brunei and Sweden had the lowest numbers of pollution-related deaths.

A researcher said: "Pollution, poverty, poor health, and (7) ___________________ are deeply [linked]." He added: "Pollution threatens fundamental human rights, such as the (8) ___________________." He said air pollution was the biggest killer. It led to 6.5 million (9) ___________________. The second biggest killer was water pollution. The next largest killer was pollution (10) ___________________. A scientist said: "Air pollution (11) ___________________ point." She said the people who pollution hit the hardest are those with breathing and lung problems, children (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Astudyhasfoundthatpollutionistheworld'sbiggestkiller.Itcausedonei
nsixdeathsin2015.Thiswas16percentofallglobaldeaths.Mostofthese
deathswerefromdiseaseslikeheartdisease,lungcancerandstroke.Th
estudyisinthemedicaljournal'TheLancet'.Researcherssaidabout92p
ercentofpollution-relateddeathswereinpoorercountries,especiallyco
untrieswithalotofeconomicdevelopment,likeIndiaandChina.Banglad
eshandSomaliaweretheworstaffectedcountries.BruneiandSwedenh
adthelowestnumbersofpollution-relateddeaths.Aresearchersaid:"
Pollution,poverty,poorhealth,andsocialinjusticearedeeply[linked]."
Headded:"Pollutionthreatensfundamentalhumanrights,suchastheri
ghttolife."Hesaidairpollutionwasthebiggestkiller.Itledto6.5millionpr
ematuredeaths.Thesecondbiggestkillerwaswaterpollution.Thenextl
argestkillerwaspollutionintheworkplace.Ascientistsaid:"Airpollution
isreachingcrisispoint."Shesaidthepeoplewhopollutionhitthehardest
arethosewithbreathingandlungproblems,childrenandtheelderly.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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