The Reading / Listening - Carbon Capture - Level 2

Scientists are close to making carbon capture work. Carbon capture is taking waste carbon dioxide (CO2) from power plants and storing it so it does not harm the environment. A company called Carbon Engineering say its scientists are close to capturing CO2 from the air and turning it into carbon-neutral fuel. This is a big step forward in the fight against global warming. The scientists also said they have reduced the cost of carbon capture, to as low as $94 per ton of CO2 captured. Scientists used to say carbon capture would cost about $1,000 per ton captured.



Carbon Engineering's technology works by sucking air into special towers. CO2 is mixed with a liquid and frozen. It is then heated and mixed with hydrogen. This produces fuels like gasoline and jet fuel. Carbon Engineering's Professor David Keith is hopeful about the future of this process. He thinks his company could fight climate change. He said: "After 100 years of practical engineering...we can confidently say that...air capture...is a [realistic] and buildable technology for producing carbon-neutral fuels in the immediate future, and for removing carbon in the long run."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Carbon Capture - Level 0 Carbon Capture - Level 1   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. power
  2. so it does not harm
  3. close to capturing
  4. This is a big step
  5. global
  6. reduced
  7. as low
  8. cost about $1,000
  1. CO2 from the air
  2. per ton captured
  3. warming
  4. as $94
  5. plants
  6. forward
  7. the environment
  8. the cost

Paragraph 2

  1. CO2 is mixed with a
  2. This produces fuels like
  3. Keith is hopeful
  4. After 100 years of practical
  5. a realistic and buildable
  6. producing carbon-
  7. in the immediate
  8. in the long
  1. about the future
  2. future
  3. engineering
  4. run
  5. neutral fuels
  6. liquid and frozen
  7. gasoline
  8. technology

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ making carbon capture work. Carbon capture (2) ___________________ carbon dioxide (CO2) from power plants and storing it so it (3) ___________________ the environment. A company called Carbon Engineering say its scientists are close to capturing CO2 from the air (4) ___________________ into carbon-neutral fuel. This is a big step forward in the fight against global warming. The scientists also said they have (5) ___________________ of carbon capture, to as low as $94 per ton of CO2 captured. Scientists used to say carbon capture (6) ___________________ $1,000 per ton captured.

Carbon Engineering's technology works (7) ___________________ into special towers. CO2 is mixed with a liquid and frozen. It is then heated (8) ___________________ hydrogen. This produces fuels like gasoline and jet fuel. Carbon Engineering's Professor David Keith (9) ___________________ the future of this process. He thinks his company could fight climate change. He said: "After 100 years of practical engineering...we (10) ___________________ that...air capture...is a [realistic] and buildable technology for producing carbon-neutral (11) ___________________ immediate future, and for removing carbon in (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsareclosetomakingcarboncapturework.Carboncaptureistak
ingwastecarbondioxide(CO2)frompowerplantsandstoringitsoitdoes
notharmtheenvironment.AcompanycalledCarbonEngineeringsayits
scientistsareclosetocapturingCO2fromtheairandturningitintocarbon
-neutralfuel.Thisisabigstepforwardinthefightagainstglobalwarming
.Thescientistsalsosaidtheyhavereducedthecostofcarboncapture,toa
slowas$94pertonofCO2captured.Scientistsusedtosaycarboncaptur
ewouldcostabout$1,000pertoncaptured.CarbonEngineering'stechn
ologyworksbysuckingairintospecialtowers.CO2ismixedwithaliquida
ndfrozen.Itisthenheatedandmixedwithhydrogen.Thisproducesfuels
likegasolineandjetfuel.CarbonEngineering'sProfessorDavidKeithish
opefulaboutthefutureofthisprocess.Hethinkshiscompanycouldfightc
limatechange.Hesaid:"After100yearsofpracticalengineering...weca
nconfidentlysaythat...aircapture...isa[realistic]andbuildabletechnol
ogyforproducingcarbon-neutralfuelsintheimmediatefuture,andforr
emovingcarboninthelongrun."

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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