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Session 107

A report says that rich countries must pay for climate change action. Dan and Catherine teach you the language the media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

Climate change report: rich must pay for poor

A report says that the cost of tackling the effects of climate change must be paid for by rich countries.

Language challenge

Combine two of these words to create a verb which means 'protect something from harm':

  • protect
  • guard
  • safe
  • shield

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The story

A study of how the world can adapt to climate change says the richest countries must invest billions of dollars to safeguard livelihoods, coastal cities, food and water supplies. The analysis has called for investment in early warning systems for storms and high tides and climate-resilient urban infrastructure.

Key words and phrases

change to fit the situation

• The theory of evolution states that species must adapt to their situation or die.
• It will take me a few months to adapt to the colder weather there, but I'll be OK.

very seriously

• The recent flu outbreak has left a large number of people gravely ill.
• On hearing the bad news, the diplomats muttered gravely among themselves.

pay off
succeed and bring benefit

• If you study hard now, it will pay off later. You'll get a good job and have a good life.
• My investment was a bit of a gamble, but it really paid off. Now I'm a millionaire!

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

News Review quiz

3 Questions

Now you've watched the video, try to answer these questions about the language in the news.

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Language challenge answer

safe + guard = safeguard


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