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Session 88

A million species face extinction. Meeting in Paris discusses findings of a new report.

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News Review

Nature loss: 'natural and human emergency'

A meeting is underway in Paris to discuss the findings of a report which assesses humanity's impact on nature. Neil and Tom bring you the language from the latest news headlines around this story.

Language challenge

Human activity is making many species of animal…

a) in danger
b) in dangered
c) endangered

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The story

Scientists and diplomats from 130 countries start a meeting in Paris today to examine a huge report on how human activity is crippling global biodiversity. They'll hear how a million species face extinction and how most UN targets to sustain biodiversity won't be met.

Key words and phrases

initial work or planning which makes future work easier
• Firstly, I’d like to thank our manager, who laid the initial groundwork for this meeting.
• My partner always books the flights and does the groundwork before a trip.

making the quality of something worse
• Residents say that noise pollution from the new road is degrading their quality of life.
• Fake news is degrading trust in the press.

on a large scale
• Economic instability in the region has led to mass migration.
• Scientists warn of a mass extinction of global species in the report.

To do

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

News Review quiz

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Language challenge answer

c) endangered


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