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Session 135

The EU wants to reduce the environmental cost of manufacturing by making items such as smartphones more durable and easier to repair. Neil and Catherine teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

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News Review

Can fixing things reduce climate change?

By making things such as smartphones more durable and able to be repaired, new items will not need to be manufactured - saving resources and reducing climate damage. But could it work? Neil and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this story.

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The story

Typically, people associate greenhouse gases with cars, planes, perhaps homes. But the EU says half of all emissions, and more than 90% of species loss, are caused by extracting and processing resources. The European Commission wants items such as smartphones, that rely on these resources, to last longer and to be easier to repair.

Key words and phrases

made to be used for a short time and then disposed of

  • They say we live in a throwaway society. Nothing is built to last.
  • Our throwaway culture means people don’t know how to fix things.

spell the end of
indicate that something will stop happening

  • Coronavirus may spell the end of foreign travel for a while.
  • Audio streaming spelt the end of the CD.

origin; cause

  • Overpopulation is the root of the climate crisis.
  • Drug addiction is the root of the knife crime problem.

To do

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

News Review quiz

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

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