The Reading / Listening - Carbon Footprint - Level 2

Climate scientists in Australia say tourism causes over 8 per cent of greenhouse gasses. They say that this figure will increase because the tourism industry is growing. Their study looked at the carbon footprint of different areas of tourism. It studied the CO2 emissions from transport, events, hotels, restaurants and shopping (including making souvenirs). Researchers spent 18 months on their research. They looked at the tourist activities of 189 countries. A researcher said her team analyzed the impact on the environment of over one million businesses involved in tourism.



The researchers said domestic travel caused more CO2 emissions than international travel. Air travel was the largest part of all tourism. Flying will continue to increase emissions as more people become richer. The countries with the biggest tourism carbon footprints were the largest and richest nations - the USA, China, India and Germany. Their carbon emissions will increase as more of their citizens travel. The researchers said holiday-makers should try and reduce their carbon footprint so their vacations cause less harm to the planet.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Carbon Footprint - Level 0 Carbon Footprint - Level 1   or  Carbon Footprint - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/tourism-climate-change-carbon-emissions-global-warming-flying-cars-transport-a8338946.html
  • http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/tourism-eight-times-worse-planet-previously-believed
  • https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180507111914.htm


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. tourism causes over 8%
  2. They say that this figure will
  3. the tourism industry
  4. different areas
  5. Researchers spent 18 months
  6. the impact
  7. over one million
  8. involved in
  1. on the environment
  2. is growing
  3. on their research
  4. tourism
  5. businesses
  6. of tourism
  7. of greenhouse gasses
  8. increase

Paragraph 2

  1. domestic
  2. the largest part
  3. Flying will continue to
  4. as more people become
  5. the largest and
  6. holiday-makers should
  7. reduce their
  8. cause less harm
  1. increase emissions
  2. richest nations
  3. to the planet
  4. carbon footprint
  5. travel
  6. richer
  7. of all tourism
  8. try

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Climate scientists in Australia say (1) ___________________ 8 per cent of greenhouse gasses. They say that (2) ___________________ increase because the tourism industry is growing. Their study looked at the carbon footprint of different (3) ___________________. It studied the CO2 emissions from transport, events, hotels, (4) ___________________ (including making souvenirs). Researchers (5) ___________________ on their research. They looked at the tourist activities of 189 countries. A researcher said her team (6) ___________________ on the environment of over one million businesses involved in tourism.

The researchers said domestic (7) ___________________ CO2 emissions than international travel. Air travel (8) ___________________ part of all tourism. Flying will continue to increase (9) ___________________ people become richer. The countries with the biggest tourism carbon footprints were the largest (10) ___________________ - the USA, China, India and Germany. Their carbon emissions will increase as more of (11) ___________________. The researchers said holiday-makers should try and reduce their carbon footprint so their vacations cause (12) ___________________ the planet.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ClimatescientistsinAustraliasaytourismcausesover8percentofgreen
housegasses.Theysaythatthisfigurewillincreasebecausethetourismi
ndustryisgrowing.Theirstudylookedatthecarbonfootprintofdifferent
areasoftourism.ItstudiedtheCO2emissionsfromtransport,events,ho
tels,restaurantsandshopping(includingmakingsouvenirs).Research
ersspent18monthsontheirresearch.Theylookedatthetouristactivitie
sof189countries.Aresearchersaidherteamanalyzedtheimpactonthe
environmentofoveronemillionbusinessesinvolvedintourism.Therese
archerssaiddomestictravelcausedmoreCO2emissionsthaninternatio
naltravel.Airtravelwasthelargestpartofalltourism.Flyingwillcontinue
toincreaseemissionsasmorepeoplebecomericher.Thecountrieswitht
hebiggesttourismcarbonfootprintswerethelargestandrichestnations
-theUSA,China,IndiaandGermany.Theircarbonemissionswillincreas
easmoreoftheircitizenstravel.Theresearcherssaidholiday-makerss
houldtryandreducetheircarbonfootprintsotheirvacationscauselessh
armtotheplanet.

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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