The Reading / Listening - Vanishing Beaches - Level 5

Rising sea levels could see the end of half the world's beaches by the end of the century. Scientists predict that half our sandy beaches could vanish over the next eight decades if climate change continues. The scientists are from the European Commission. They warned that the shorelines of highly-populated areas and tourist hot-spots are threatened by erosion from increasing sea levels. Areas at risk of disappearing forever include well-known beaches in Australia's Surfers' Paradise, the islands of Hawaii, Brazil's Copacabana Beach, and the Costa del Sol in Spain.



The scientists predicted that countries like The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau in Africa could lose 60% of their beaches. The worst affected country will be Australia, where 12,000km of coastline could end up underwater. The researchers said: "A substantial proportion of the world's sandy coastline is already eroding." They added that we could see, "the near extinction of the world's sandy beaches by the end of the century". A researcher said there were two important ways we could save the beaches. He said we had to, "reduce emissions and manage our coastline in a more sustainable way".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Vanishing Beaches - Level 4 or  Vanishing Beaches - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/11079158/half-of-worlds-beaches-lost-climate-change/
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8065697/Half-worlds-beaches-disappear-end-century-climate-change.html
  • https://time.com/5793668/sandy-beaches-climate-change/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Rising sea
  2. by the end
  3. half our sandy beaches could
  4. over the next
  5. if climate change
  6. shorelines of highly-populated
  7. Areas at risk of disappearing
  8. well-
  1. known beaches
  2. vanish
  3. areas
  4. of the century
  5. forever
  6. eight decades
  7. continues
  8. levels

Paragraph 2

  1. The worst affected country will
  2. 12,000km of coastline could end
  3. the world's sandy coastline is
  4. the near extinction of the world's
  5. by the end of
  6. we could save the
  7. reduce emissions and manage
  8. in a more sustainable
  1. the century
  2. our coastline
  3. be Australia
  4. way
  5. already eroding
  6. up underwater
  7. beaches
  8. sandy beaches

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Rising (1) ___________________ see the end of half the world's beaches by the end of the century. Scientists predict that (2) ___________________ beaches could (3) ___________________ next eight decades if climate change continues. The scientists are from the European Commission. They warned (4) ___________________ of highly-populated areas and tourist hot-spots are threatened (5) ___________________ increasing sea levels. Areas at risk of disappearing forever include well-known beaches in Australia's Surfers' Paradise, (6) ___________________ Hawaii, Brazil's Copacabana Beach, and the Costa del Sol in Spain.

The scientists (7) ___________________ like The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau in Africa could lose 60% of their beaches. The (8) ___________________ will be Australia, where 12,000km of coastline could (9) ___________________. The researchers said: "A substantial proportion of the world's sandy coastline (10) ___________________." They added that we could see, "the near extinction of the world's sandy beaches by the end (11) ___________________". A researcher said there were two important ways we could save the beaches. He said we had to, "reduce emissions and manage (12) ___________________ a more sustainable way".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Risingsealevelscouldseetheendofhalftheworld'sbeachesbytheendof
thecentury.Scientistspredictthathalfoursandybeachescouldvanisho
verthenexteightdecadesifclimatechangecontinues.Thescientistsare
fromtheEuropeanCommission.Theywarnedthattheshorelinesofhigh
ly-populatedareasandtouristhot-spotsarethreatenedbyerosionfrom
increasingsealevels.Areasatriskofdisappearingforeverincludewell-
knownbeachesinAustralia'sSurfers'Paradise,theislandsofHawaii,Bra
zil'sCopacabanaBeach,andtheCostadelSolinSpain.Thescientistspre
dictedthatcountrieslikeTheGambiaandGuinea-BissauinAfricacou
ldlose60%oftheirbeaches.TheworstaffectedcountrywillbeAustralia,
where12,000kmofcoastlinecouldendupunderwater.Theresearchers
said:"Asubstantialproportionoftheworld'ssandycoastlineisalreadyer
oding."Theyaddedthatwecouldsee,"thenearextinctionoftheworld'ss
andybeachesbytheendofthecentury".Aresearchersaidthereweretwo
importantwayswecouldsavethebeaches.Hesaidwehadto,"reduceem
issionsandmanageourcoastlineinamoresustainableway".

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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