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AIR POLLUTION

 

 

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CARTOONS LISTENING
FACTS VIDEOS
INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES WEBQUESTS


(Created on 16/01/2016)

 

 

FACTS:

 

  • Polish Engineers Make Air-Cleaning Device - Text + Audio + Pictures - 17 April 2017
    "In Poland, researchers have invented some simple technology that may help to reduce air pollution. The device looks like a normal pipe."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

  • China Places a New Tax on Pollution - Text + Audio - 2 January 2017
    "China hopes a new tax on pollution will help improve its air and environment."
    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • WHO Warns 9 in 10 Live in High Air Pollution Areas - Text + Audio + Video - 13 October 2016
    "Experts say much of that pollution comes from vehicles fueled by diesel. Many cities in Europe have called for ending the production of diesel cars.
    They hope to replace them with electric vehicles as battery life for those vehicles improves."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Study: 100,000 Deaths From Indonesia's Haze - Text + Audio - 19 September 2016
    "The smoke, smog and haze in the air above Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore is killing hundreds of thousands of people,
    according to an American study."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)


    "A man rows a boat on Siak River as thick haze from wildfires blanket the city
    in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015.
    The haze covered parts of neighboring Malaysia and Singapore for about a month."

  • How Indoor Air Pollution Works
    (home.howstuffworks.com)
  • Plume LABS - Let's beat air pollution
    The urban weather forecast to help you breathe better.

    - Know what you breathe in real-time in major cities around the world
    - Protect yourself and your loved ones with personalized and actionable advice to beat air pollution
    - Stay ahead of pollution and plan your day thanks to our hourly forecast (in a select subset of cities)

    (plumelabs.com)

 

  • Rajshahi: the city that took on air pollution – and won - 17 June 2016
    "In Bangladesh, one of the world’s most polluted cities has led the way globally in ridding itself of harmful PM10 particles."
    The city began tackling transport issues in 2004, importing a fleet of battery-powered rickshaws from China, and banning large lorries from the city centre in daytime. The three-wheelers are the main form of public transport, and their batteries keep the air free of the petrol and diesel fumes that hang over other cities."
    (theguardian.com)
  • Champs-Elysees bans cars once a month to cut Paris smog - 26 April 2016
    "Mayor’s office says iconic road to be off limits to vehicles on the first Sunday of the month...
    The World Health Organisation says fine-particle air pollution is responsible for about 42,000 premature deaths in France each year."

    (theguardian.com)
  • Should cities be car-free zones? - 4 April 2016
    "As smog-shrouded Mexico City enacts a temporary ban on cars, questions about the smartest ways to improve urban air quality."

    (BBC)
  • What is China doing to tackle its air pollution? - 20 January 2016
    "The air in much of China is so bad the government has repeatedly declared "war" on it.
    The enemy are tiny particulates which spew forth from countless cars, coal-fired power stations and steel plants to create a dense, putty-coloured smog."

    (BBC)

 

  • Air pollution linked to seven million deaths globally - ARTICLE + VIDEO - 25 March 2014
    "Seven million people died as a result of air pollution in 2012, the World Health Organization estimates.
    Its findings suggest a link between air pollution and heart disease, respiratory problems and cancer."

    (BBC)
  • News release on air pollution - 25 March 2014
    "In new estimates released today, WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died - one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives...
    Risks factors are greater than expected."

    (who.int)
  • Air Pollution - with "a list of a few of the common air pollutants and where they come from."
    (eo.ucar.edu)

 

LISTENING:

  • Polish Engineers Make Air-Cleaning Device - Text + Audio + Pictures - 17 April 2017
    "In Poland, researchers have invented some simple technology that may help to reduce air pollution. The device looks like a normal pipe."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • WHO: Environmental Pollution Kills Millions of Children Every Year - Text + Audio - 27 March 2017
    "Breathing pollutants in childhood can lead to increased risk of chronic respiratory diseases or other health problems later in life."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • China Places a New Tax on Pollution - Text + Audio - 2 January 2017
    "China hopes a new tax on pollution will help improve its air and environment."
    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • WHO Warns 9 in 10 Live in High Air Pollution Areas - Text + Audio + Video - 13 October 2016
    "Experts say much of that pollution comes from vehicles fueled by diesel. Many cities in Europe have called for ending the production of diesel cars.
    They hope to replace them with electric vehicles as battery life for those vehicles improves."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Study: 100,000 Deaths From Indonesia's Haze - Text + Audio - 19 September 2016
    "The smoke, smog and haze in the air above Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore is killing hundreds of thousands of people,
    according to an American study."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)


    "A man rows a boat on Siak River as thick haze from wildfires blanket the city
    in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015.
    The haze covered parts of neighboring Malaysia and Singapore for about a month."

 

  • India’s Taj Mahal Has Insect Problem - Text + Audio - 30 May 2016
    "The Taj Mahal is one of the most famous places in the world for people to visit while traveling in India.
    Now pollution is causing insects to damage the beautiful building.
    Some say there is a simple answer to this problem but the government needs to do more."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • WHO: 80% of Urban Residents Breathe Unsafe Air - Text + Audio - 30 May 2016
    "Poor air quality causes many diseases in the world’s poorest cities. And it is getting worse.
    The most affected are the people living in the poorest cities in the world."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • 6 Minute English – Air pollution in China - with transcript + Vocabulary and definitions + Video - 18 April 2014
    (linkengpark.com)
  • India to Monitor Air Pollution in 10 Cities - Text + Audio - 8 April 2015
    "The Indian capital of New Delhi recently passed Beijing, China, for having the world’s most polluted air.
    Now, Indian PM Narendra Modi is launching a national air quality index to monitor pollution levels in 10 of the country’s major cities.
    Mr. Modi launched the air quality index this week."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • WHO: Millions Die Every Year from Air Pollution - Audio + Script
    "Also this week, a new report says 2013 was one of the warmest years ever; how wind turbines in the sea may cut the power of severe storms;
    and how scientists hope to produce electricity from the power of ocean waves."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

ACTIVITIES TO PRINT:

 


INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES:

  • Games and activities
    "Learn environmental health concepts by playing online games created by recognized environmental health science organizations."

    Air pollution / Chemicals / Climate change / Water pollution
    (kidsenvirohealth.nlm.nih.gov)
  • Games and Puzzles
    "Information on global warming, climate change, air pollution, acid rain, ozone ...
    Accompanying the information sheets are a series of games and puzzles..."

    (clean-air-kids.org.uk)

Smog City 2
"Using an interactive air pollution simulator to control the air quality in Smog City 2, you can see how individual choices, environmental factors, and different types of land use affect air pollution. In Smog City 2 you are in charge - so whether your visit is a healthy or unhealthy experience depends on the decisions that you make."

Visitor's Tour Guide
How You Control a Day In Smog City 2

(smogcity2.org)

 

LESSON PLANS:

 

  • New device keeps air in your house safe (April 03, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "A technology company has made a new device to help clean the air in our home. The company is called Dyson.
    It has just launched an air purifier..."

    (breakingnewsenglish.com)
 

WEBQUESTS:

  • EARTH PROBLEMS - a webquest
    I. Air Pollution - II. Energy Depletion - III. Overflowing Landfills - IV. Rain Forest Destruction - V. Vanishing Species - VI. Water Pollution

 

CARTOONS:

 

VIDEOS:

 

  • WHO Warns 9 in 10 Live in High Air Pollution Areas - Text + Audio + Video - 13 October 2016
    "Experts say much of that pollution comes from vehicles fueled by diesel. Many cities in Europe have called for ending the production of diesel cars.
    They hope to replace them with electric vehicles as battery life for those vehicles improves."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Air Pollution for Kids - animation
    "You will learn about "Air Pollution" in this video. Cutting of trees is one of the major reasons of air pollution. Air also gets polluted due to the smoke released by many factories and industries. Burning of wood and fossil fuels is another reason of air pollution. Also, vehicles such as cars, buses, trucks etc. give out a lot of smoke that pollutes the air. Due to air pollution, human beings suffer from a number of diseases like asthma, bronchitis, cancer, skin diseases etc.
    Air pollution also affects the growth of plants and causes damage to our beautiful historical monuments. As responsible citizens, it is necessary to take up some preventive measures to reduce air pollution and its effects. We must plant more trees, avoid bursting firecrackers, make more use of public transport and ensure that regular servicing of our vehicles is done. Lastly, factories and power plants should also be set up far from residential areas, which will help in reducing air pollution."

    (YouTube)

     

 

  • Testing Indian capital's dangerous smog levels - VIDEO - 8 December 2015
    "Beijing may have declared a red alert but the Indian capital, Delhi, is now the most polluted city on earth.
    The BBC's Justin Rowlatt uses an air pollution level monitor to show just how polluted Delhi is."

    (BBC)

  • China pollution: Colourful anti-smog protest in Beijing - VIDEO - 7 December 2015
    "Schools in Beijing are to close and outdoor construction to stop after the Chinese capital issued its first "red alert" over smog levels.
    Concerns over pollution are growing in China, and one performance artist has come up with a unique way to highlight the problem, as Celia Hatton reports."

    (BBC)
  • Reuters Video: Beach smoking ban clears air - 7 July 2012
    "Cannes prohibits smoking on a beach, a ban it hopes to extend to several other beaches in the city. Elly Park reports."
    + TRANSCRIPT + DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

    (englishblog.com)
  • Reuters Video: Chinese billionaire sells canned air
    "A powerful Chinese businessman is offering cans of clean air to smog-choked Beijingers. Sarah Sheffer reports."

    + TRANSCRIPT + RELATED ARTICLES
    (englishblog.com)
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