The Reading / Listening - Wildlife Loss - Level 2

Wildlife is disappearing at a faster rate than at any time before. The new "Living Planet Report" from the World Wildlife Fund says the world's wildlife population dropped by 60 per cent between 1970 and 2014. It warned that: "Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during mass extinctions." Most of the decline is because of "exploding human consumption". There are more humans on this planet. We are eating more, overfishing, cutting down trees for beef, consuming more, and using more energy and natural resources. This has led to a massive loss of habitat for animals.



The report says that only a quarter of the world's land is untouched by humans. Human activity has greatly affected animals on three-quarters of Earth. Researchers tracked 4,000 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians. The situation is worst in South and Central America, which has seen an 89 per cent loss of wildlife in four decades. The WWF wrote: "The astonishing decline in wildlife population...is a [depressing] reminder...of the pressure we [put] on the planet." It warned: "We can be the generation that had its chance and failed to act; that let Earth slip away."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Wildlife Loss - Level 0 Wildlife Loss - Level 1   or  Wildlife Loss - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/30/living-planet-report-60-percent-animal-populations-gone-wwf/1817210002/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46028862
  • https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/10/30/18042150/wwf-living-planet-report-vertebrate-loss


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. disappearing at a faster rate than
  2. Earth is losing
  3. mass
  4. exploding human
  5. There are more humans
  6. cutting down trees
  7. natural
  8. a massive loss of
  1. extinctions
  2. for beef
  3. consumption
  4. habitat for animals
  5. biodiversity
  6. resources
  7. at any time before
  8. on this planet

Paragraph 2

  1. only a quarter of the
  2. untouched
  3. 4,000 species
  4. an 89 per cent loss of wildlife in
  5. a depressing
  6. the pressure we put
  7. the generation that had
  8. let Earth slip
  1. reminder
  2. away
  3. by humans
  4. on the planet
  5. its chance
  6. world's land
  7. of mammals
  8. four decades

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Wildlife is disappearing at (1) ___________________ than at any time before. The new "Living Planet Report" from the World Wildlife Fund says the world's wildlife population (2) ___________________ per cent between 1970 and 2014. It warned that: "Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen (3) ___________________ extinctions." Most of the decline is because of "exploding human consumption". There are more humans (4) ___________________. We are eating more, overfishing, cutting down trees for beef, consuming more, and (5) ___________________ and natural resources. This has led to a massive (6) ___________________ for animals.

The report says that only a quarter of the (7) __________________ untouched by humans. Human activity has greatly affected animals on three-quarters of Earth. Researchers (8) ___________________ of mammals, birds, (9) ___________________ amphibians. The situation is worst in South and Central America, which has seen an 89 per cent loss of wildlife (10) ___________________. The WWF wrote: "The astonishing decline in wildlife population...is a [depressing] reminder... (11) ___________________ we [put] on the planet." It warned: "We can be the generation that had its chance and (12) ___________________; that let Earth slip away."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Wildlifeisdisappearingatafasterratethanatanytimebefore.Thenew"L
ivingPlanetReport"fromtheWorldWildlifeFundsaystheworld'swildlife
populationdroppedby60percentbetween1970and2014.Itwarnedtha
t:"Earthislosingbiodiversityatarateseenonlyduringmassextinctions.
"Mostofthedeclineisbecauseof"explodinghumanconsumption".Ther
earemorehumansonthisplanet.Weareeatingmore,overfishing,cuttin
gdowntreesforbeef,consumingmore,andusingmoreenergyandnatur
alresources.Thishasledtoamassivelossofhabitatforanimals.Therepo
rtsaysthatonlyaquarteroftheworld'slandisuntouchedbyhumans.Hu
manactivityhasgreatlyaffectedanimalsonthree-quartersofEarth.Re
searcherstracked4,000speciesofmammals,birds,reptiles,fishanda
mphibians.ThesituationisworstinSouthandCentralAmerica,whichha
sseenan89percentlossofwildlifeinfourdecades.TheWWFwrote:"The
astonishingdeclineinwildlifepopulation...isa[depressing]reminder...
ofthepressurewe[put]ontheplanet."Itwarned:"Wecanbethegenerat
ionthathaditschanceandfailedtoact;thatletEarthslipaway."

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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