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Session 15

An international delegation is meeting to avert an environmental catastrophe. Dan and Catherine teach you how to use language from this news story in your everyday English. 

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

Global pollution: seeking solutions

Ministers from around 100 countries are meeting to finish a declaration to fight global pollution.

Language challenge

An environmental meeting in Kenya has met to discuss global pollution including toxic paint and limiting ocean plastic. Which of these is not a synonym for ‘limit’?

a) hinder

b) inhibit

c) restrict

d) slacken

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The story

Environment ministers from about a hundred countries are meeting in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to try to finalise a declaration to combat pollution.

Challenges include banning the use of toxic lead in paint and limiting the amount of plastic that finds its way into the ocean.

Key words and phrases

a highly destructive event

formal agreement

increasingly out of control

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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Language challenge - answer

d) slacken


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