The Reading / Listening - Carbon Capture - Level 1

Scientists are close to making carbon capture work. Carbon capture is capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) and storing it somewhere safe. A company called Carbon Engineering says it is close to capturing CO2 from the air and turning it into carbon-neutral fuel. This is a big step forward in fighting global warming. Scientists also said they have cut the cost of carbon capture from $1,000 per ton of captured CO2 to as low as $94 per ton.



The technology works by sucking air into special towers. CO2 is mixed with a liquid and frozen. This is then heated and mixed with hydrogen to make fuels like gasoline. A Carbon Engineering professor is hopeful about the future and the fight against climate change. He said: "We can confidently say that...air capture...is a [realistic] and buildable technology for producing carbon-neutral fuels in the...future, and for removing carbon in the long run."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Carbon Capture - Level 0 Carbon Capture - Level 2   or  Carbon Capture - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.ecowatch.com/carbon-capture-technology-canada-2576234738.html
  • https://boingboing.net/2018/06/08/its-becoming-much-cheaper-to.html
  • http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/cost-plunges-capturing-carbon-dioxide-air


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. close to making carbon capture
  2. storing it somewhere
  3. turning it into carbon-
  4. This is a big step
  5. global
  6. they have cut
  7. $1,000 per ton of
  8. as low
  1. safe
  2. warming
  3. as $94 per ton
  4. neutral fuel
  5. the cost
  6. work
  7. forward
  8. captured CO2

Paragraph 2

  1. sucking air into
  2. CO2 is mixed
  3. This is then
  4. make fuels
  5. hopeful about
  6. climate
  7. We can confidently
  8. removing carbon in the long
  1. heated
  2. run
  3. the future
  4. with a liquid
  5. say that
  6. special towers
  7. like gasoline
  8. change

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ making carbon capture work. Carbon capture is capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) (2) ___________________ somewhere safe. A company called Carbon Engineering says it is close to capturing CO2 (3) ___________________ and turning it into carbon-neutral fuel. This is a (4) ___________________ in fighting global warming. Scientists also said they have (5) ___________________ of carbon capture from $1,000 per ton of captured CO2 (6) ___________________ as $94 per ton.

The technology works by sucking (7) ___________________ towers. CO2 is mixed (8) ___________________ and frozen. This is then heated and mixed with hydrogen to (9) ___________________ gasoline. A Carbon Engineering professor is hopeful about the future (10) ___________________ against climate change. He said: "We can (11) ___________________...air capture...is a [realistic] and buildable technology for producing carbon-neutral fuels in the...future, and for removing carbon (12) ___________________ run."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsareclosetomakingcarboncapturework.Carboncaptureisca
pturingcarbondioxide(CO2)andstoringitsomewheresafe.Acompany
calledCarbonEngineeringsaysitisclosetocapturingCO2fromtheairan
dturningitintocarbon-neutralfuel.Thisisabigstepforwardinfightinggl
obalwarming.Scientistsalsosaidtheyhavecutthecostofcarboncaptur
efrom$1,000pertonofcapturedCO2toaslowas$94perton.Thetechnol
ogyworksbysuckingairintospecialtowers.CO2ismixedwithaliquidand
frozen.Thisisthenheatedandmixedwithhydrogentomakefuelslikegas
oline.ACarbonEngineeringprofessorishopefulaboutthefutureandthe
fightagainstclimatechange.Hesaid:"Wecanconfidentlysaythat...airc
apture...isa[realistic]andbuildabletechnologyforproducingcarbon-
neutralfuelsinthe...future,andforremovingcarboninthelongrun."

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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