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05/12/2015


SPRING

To Spring - a poem by William Blake (1757–1827)
"O THOU with dewy locks, who lookest down
Through the clear windows of the morning, turn
Thine angel eyes upon our western isle,
Which in full choir hails thy approach, O Spring!..."

(bartleby.com)



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CLIMATE CHANGE

Video: Climate Reality Project - Would You Rather?
COMMENT + GRAMMAR + LESSON IDEA + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

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DRAMA

BBC Learning English Drama: The White Elephant
"Welcome to The White Elephant - the restaurant with no customers. Gordon the chef thinks he's a genius, ..."

COMMENT + VOCABULARY + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

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APPARTMENT FOR RENT

APARTMENT FOR RENT - with a video and a worksheet
Grammar point:  there is/ are, some / any, much / many
"Student Annie Ball answers an ad for an apartment in the newspaper, but is there anything strange about this one?"

(dianafuntanaesl.com)
Diana Funtana has published 4 books which could be of interest to teachers.

 

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'CARNET DE VOYAGE'

Carnet de voyage :
- Livret 2012
- Page de garde 2012 God Save the Queen

Documents créés par Patricia Grange Piras

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STORY

"One Thousand Dollars," by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video + Quiz
""One thousand dollars," said the lawyer Tolman, in a severe and serious voice. "And here is the money.” What can a person do with $1,000? Learn how one man spends the money he inherits in this classic story by O. Henry."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PETS

Pet dogs lower stress in kids (December 04, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"New research shows that having a pet dog can help to reduce children's stress.
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA shows..."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Is social media really as social as it seems? - 8 October 2014
(learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org)

Social-networking sites (SNS) 
" make it really easy to be creative online, to keep in touch with friends and to use a load of cool stuff
like video, photos, music, and chat all in the same place.
So how can you have great times online and avoid the net nasties?
Carry on reading and watching to learn more about the SMART way to network online!"

(kidsmart.org.uk)

UK Safer Internet Centre - Resources for 11-19s
"The internet is a brilliant place to connect with others, to be creative and to discover new things. 
Here you will find films, games, quizzes and advice to help you to use the internet safely, responsibly and positively."

(saferinternet.org.uk)

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Thanks to Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)


DAILY ROUTINE

Daily routine 6ème (mp4)
Created by Séverine Duboisset (Ac. C
lermont-Ferrand)

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Nelson MANDELA

10 times Nelson Mandela was spot on about ending extreme poverty! - with quotations
(one.org)
Thanks to Fabienne Arnoux (Ac. Nice)

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THANKSGIVING

The Great Thanksgiving Migration - Level: intermediate -TEXT + AUDIO
Read the summary for beginners
"Writer Helen Huthnance explains what Americans will endure for a special meal with friends and family every year."

(teatime-mag.com)
+ Video: Travel Tips: Thanksgiving Airport Survival Guide
Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)



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PROTEST SONGS

American Sociological Association Names Top Protest Songs - Audio + Transcript
(21voa.com)
Thanks to Jean Sabiron

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CHRISTMAS

Christmas Cootie Catcher - a game
Created by Patricia Grange Piras

Obamas Light the National Christmas Tree - VIDEO - 4 December 2015
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Holiday Celebrations Kick Off with New York’s Rockettes - VIDEO - 4 December 2015
"The Rockettes have been entertaining New Yorkers and tourists from around the world since 1925.
Many American families take their children to New York to see their performances during the holiday."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

The Secret Life of Pets - The Holiday Greeting (HD) - Illumination
(YouTube)
Thanks to Sophie Morin (Ac. Orléans-Tours)

 

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AD

Volvo Trucks - Look Who’s Driving feat. 4-year-old Sophie (Live Test)
"A full-size truck. A little girl with a remote control. A gravel pit filled with obstacles. Is our toughest truck tough enough to survive Sophie?"

(YouTube)

 

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04/12/2015


CALIFORNIA SHOOTING

Female suspect in San Bernardino shooting 'pledged loyalty to Isil leader' before attack that killed 14 - 4 December 2015
(telegraph.co.uk)

Republicans line up to crush gun control efforts in wake of San Bernardino - 4 December 2015
"All four GOP senators running for president vote against extending FBI checks to every firearm sold
and banning sale to individuals on terror watchlists."

(theguardian.com)

San Bernardino shooting: Statistics behind US gun violence - 3 December 2015
(BBC)

Two Suspects in California Shooting Dead - Text + Audio + Photos + Video - 3 December 2015
"Fourteen people were killed, 17 injured Wednesday in the attack at a state government agency in San Bernadino, east of Los Angeles.
Police say the man and woman suspected of carrying out the attack were either married or had planned to be.
They call the shooting "domestic terrorism."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

San Bernardino: What makes this shooting different? - 3 December 2015
"San Bernardino in California remains in shock after a shooting at a disabled service centre, in which 14 died and 17 were injured.
The motive is still unknown."

(BBC)

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GUNS

GunTV: 1st live arms shopping channel launched in US amid shootings - 3 December 2015
(rt.com)

Gun TV: home shopping channel aims to sell weapons to viewer - 2 December 2015
"Co-founder express doubt channel will increase gun ownership in the US, but gun control advocates voice skepticism:
‘It’s the last thing we need.’

(theguardian.com)

Afraid of guns? Buy more guns! The circle of life in America
(theguardian.com)

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ISLAMIC STATE

Syria conflict: German MPs vote for anti-IS military mission - 4 December 2015
"Germany's parliament has voted to send military support to the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria."

(BBC)

Islamic State agents from Syria 'in Thailand to target Russians' - 4 December 2015
"Thai police say they were warned by Moscow that 10 Syrians working for the so-called Islamic State (IS)
entered Thailand in October to target Russians."

(BBC)

Secret video shows life inside Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa - VIDEO - 4 December 2015
"Syria's information minister has criticised the first British air strikes on so-called Islamic State (IS) targets in the country,
describing them as "a noise of bombing and propaganda".
Omran Zoubi told the BBC that anyone wanting to fight terrorism was welcome, but that they should follow Russia's example
and work with the Syrian government.
Lyse Doucet reports from the Syrian capital, Damascus, as footage emerges showing life under IS in their stronghold of Raqqa in Syria."

(BBC)

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CHRISTMAS

Another Christmas Alone
(YouTube)
"In this ad for the German supermarket EDEKA, an elderly man spends Christmas after Christmas alone because his children are leading busy,
far-flung lives. And he does seem to have quite a few offspring. How many years must he keep this up?"

(Neatorama)

 

 

The Real Story Behind Krampus: The Christmas Demon — TodayIFoundOut
(YouTube)
"Our friends at Today I Found Out have the story of how Krampus arose hundreds of years ago from the dark forests of Bavaria to invade other nations. The customs surrounding the Krampus tradition differ from country to country.
Here in America, we make horror movies out of such legends."

(Neatorama)

 

 

Krampus (2015) - a film
"A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home."

(imdb.com)

Krampus 
"is a 2015 American dark comedy horror film, based upon the Krampus character from Alpine folklore,
directed by Michael Dougherty and written by Dougherty, Todd Casey, and Zach Shields."

(Wikipedia)

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MIGRANTS

Pakistan blocks 30 migrants deported from Greece - 4 December 2015
"Pakistan has refused entry to 30 migrants deported from Greece, saying their identities could not be verified."
(BBC)

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2015

2015 Movie Trailer Mashup
+ List of movies in order of appearance

(YouTube)

 

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TATTOOS

Tattoos Surge in Popularity - Text + Audio + Video - 3 December 2015
"Decorating the body with tattoos dates back to the Stone Age.
Different cultures around the world have used tattoos for decoration, rites of passage, and status symbols.
Today in the digital era, tattoos are enjoying wide popularity — especially among Millennials."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BRITISH MONARCHS

10 British Monarchs Who Died in Hilariously Humiliating Ways
(toptenz.net)

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PHRASAL VERBS / TECHNOLOGY

30 Phrasal Verbs to Help You with Technology - Text + Audio - 3 December 2015
"Technology is one field where phrasal verbs and new nouns are very common.
The Everyday Grammar team presents a history of phrasal verbs in computing.
We also teach some new nouns that grew from the phrasal verbs as people talked more and more about technology."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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DRONES

Drones to Deliver Packages in the US - VIDEO - 3 December 2015
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TERRORISM

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ART

Van Gogh Museum
(plus.google.com)

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GRAMMAR

FUTURE
"Travail sur l'expression de l'avenir avec WILL et WON'T"

(soundguideweb.com)

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HORSES

"Atreyu, the great hero of the movie The Neverending Story (and the first half of the novel) rides a magnificent stallion named Artax.
In his long journey to find a solution to the Nothing consuming Fantasia, the pair crosses the Swamp of Sadness.
There, Artax dies in a haunting scene that almost breaks Atreyu.
Artax is developed in greater depth in the original novel, which I highly recommend.
He's is 1 of 16 extraordinary horses of fantasy rounded up by Tor.
Other great horses from the list include Brego, which was Aragorn's ride inThe Lord of the Rings, and Swift Wind from She-Ra: Princess of Power."
(Neatorama)
Galloping Straight Into Our Hearts: The Greatest Horses of Fantasy - with PHOTOS

(tor.com)


The Horse and His Boy

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FIFA

Fifa crisis: US charges 16 more officials after earlier Zurich arrests - 4 December 2015
(BBC)

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Phikip K. DICK

Philip K Dick saw our future – and it drove him crazy
(telegraph.co.uk)

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Though climate change is a crisis, the population threat is even worse - 4 December 2015
By
"While the Paris climate summit focuses on global warming, the key issue is the prospect of 10 billion people on Earth."
(theguardian.com)

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Zuckerberg 

Zuckerberg defends his new philanthropic initiative - Article + Video - 4 December 2015
"Mr Zuckerberg will give away 99% of his stake in Facebook, worth $45bn (£30bn), to fund the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Rather than set up a simple charity, Mr Zuckerberg formed a limited liability company (LLC) to administer the money...
The new charitable organisation is aimed at "advancing human potential and promoting equality for all children in the next generation"."

(BBC)

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BANK

What is quantitative easing? - 3 December 2015
"The European Central Bank has outlined further action aimed at stimulating the eurozone economy."

(BBC)

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03/12/2015


COP21

Paris Climate Change Conference 2015 - Latest news
(telegraph.co.uk)

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WHALES

Japanese Begins Controversial Whale Hunt - Text + Audio + Video - 2 December 2015
"Japan is allowed to hunt whales for scientific research.
Critics complain that while the Japanese say they are conducting research, they are really hunting whales to sell as meat.
Both Australia and New Zealand are against the whaling project."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SUFFRAGETTES

Suffragette review – a conservative account of a revolutionary moment - Article + Videos
"Sarah Gavron’s account of the women’s suffrage movement, starring Carey Mulligan, forgoes stylistic frills."

(theguardian.com)
Thanks to Sarah Wells (Ac. Poitiers)


‘Nuanced’: Carey Mulligan as Maud in Suffragette.

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MOVIE WEDDINGS

Movie Wedding Super Vows
+ Film List (In Order Of Appearance) below the video on YouTube.

(YouTube)

 

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BIRTHDAY

Pair work activity about choosing a present for a friend (.doc)
Created by Nathalie Antoniutti (Ac. Lille)

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2015

United State of Pop 2015 (50 Shades of Pop)
(YouTube)

 

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FRUIT

37 Facts about Fruit - mental_floss List Show Ep. 339
(YouTube)

 

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CHRISTMAS

- Christmas vocabulary - a worksheet (pdf)
- Mind the Jingle Bells - a game (ppt)
- Christmas - Playing with numbers - a game (ppt)

Created by Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)

Ad of the Day: UPS Wrapping vs. Packing - 1 December 2015
TRANSCRIPT + VOCABULARY + LESSON IDEAS + ALSO SEE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

 

A Guide to This Year's Lifetime Christmas Movies
(theawl.com)


'Wish Upon a Christmas

 

16 Fabulous Outdoor Christmas Decorations - an infographic
(terrysfabrics.co.uk)

 

Watch: All the best Christmas adverts from 2015
(telegraph.co.uk)

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BLACK FRIDAY

The Best Of The Worst From Black Friday 2015
- See more of the Black Friday 2015 madness at Cheezburger
(Neatorama)

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CYBER MONDAY

Cartoon: Cyber Monday - 1 December 2015
COMMENT + LESSON IDEAS + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

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Philip LARKIN

Philip Larkin: England's most miserable genius - 1 December 2015
"Philip Larkin remains one of Britain’s most controversial – and loved – poets. His colleague James Booth looks back...
Thirty years after his death, the poet Philip Larkin is finally to be awarded a memorial in Westminster Abbey’s ‘Poets’ Corner’ 
– that revered shrine to British writers. Chaucer, Dickens and Tennyson are buried there,
while many others – Shakespeare, Keats and Wilde included – have been memorialised.
Watch a beautiful animation of Larkin's poem The Trees"

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DRUGS

How do cartels get drugs into the US? - Article + Photos + Videos - 3 December 2015
"A recent report from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said that drug overdoses kill more people in the US than car accidents
or guns. Some deaths are through prescription drugs, others by cocaine or, increasingly, heroin...
"[Now] well over 95% of the drugs are moving on the water via container ships, non-commercial vessels, pleasure boats, sail boats, fishing boats. They also have fast boats...
"We've seen growing use of self-propelled semi-submersibles (SPSSs)"

(BBC)

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ISLAMIC STATE

UK launches first Syria air strikes - Article + Statistics + Video - 3 December 2015
"RAF Tornado jets have carried out their first air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed."
(BBC)

How the UK's unique weaponry will be used in Syria - VIDEO - 3 December 2015
"The UK can provide certain weaponry not used by other partners in the coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Syria.
It is hoped the Brimstone missile will offer particular accuracy for targeted strikes."

(BBC)

Home Office criticised over £830m 'failed' borders scheme - 3 December 2015
"By collecting advanced passenger information (API), such as passport numbers and nationalities, it was meant to allow officials
to "export the border" by preventing people from embarking on journeys to the UK where they were considered a threat."

(BBC)

Islamic State Video Claims Beheading of Russian - Text + Audio - 2 December 2015
"The Islamic State has released a video showing the beheading of a person it identified as a Russian spy.
The release comes as efforts continue by Russia and a U.S. led coalition against the militant group.
But those efforts so far have not stopped the Islamic State’s oil trade."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SHOOTING

San Bernardino shooting: Police kill two suspects after hunt - 3 December 2015
"Police in California have named two suspects killed after a mass shooting which left 14 people dead at a social services centre...
The incident marks the deadliest mass shooting in the US since 26 people were killed at a school in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012."

(BBC)

 

Police: At Least 14 Dead in California Shooting - Text + Audio - 2 December 2015
"At least 14 people have died in a shooting in southern California. Another 14 were wounded. The numbers of casualties may change.
The local police department says as many as three shooters may have been involved at the facility in San Bernardino."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Oregon shooting: Statistics behind 'routine' US gun violence - 2 October 2015
+ US gun crime in 2015
+ Barack Obama and gun crime
+ Homicide rate
+ US guns and terrorism deaths, 2001 - 2011
(BBC)

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02/12/2015


CALENDAR

HOLIDAYS and TRADITIONS

by month in 2016

 


CHICAGO SHOOTING

Chicago police chief fired over death of teenager - 1 December 2015
"Chicago's police chief has been fired following the outcry over the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a police officer."

(BBC)

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COP21

COP21: Residents on Vanuatu 'must be relocated' - VIDEO - 1 December 2015
"With climate change topping the agenda in Paris, community leaders on the Pacific island of Vanuatu are calling for residents
to be relocated further inland to avoid storm surges and rising sea levels."

(BBC)

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: The 15-year-old rapping about climate change
(BBC)

 

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THANKSGIVING

Here’s What Your Part Of America Eats On Thanksgiving - 20 November 2015
(fivethirtyeight.com)

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MIGRANTS

Migrant crisis: Stranded at the Greek-Macedonian border - VIDEO - 1 December 2015
"Macedonia has become the latest country to restrict the flow of migrants entering the country, erecting a fence on its border with Greece.
Only people from three 'war-torn' countries, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are being allowed to pass.
Several thousand migrants have been refused entry.
From the Greek-Macedonian border the BBC's Chris Morris reports."

(BBC)

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HEPATITIS

Experts Estimate 400 Million People Have Hepatitis - VIDEO - 1 December 2015
"Viral hepatitis infections kill nearly one million people a year. The majority of cases are in Asia and in African countries south of the Sahara.
A vaccine and treatment for some forms of hepatitis are now available. But they can be costly."
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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01/12/2015


VOCABULARY

The word: MOURN
(thewordofthemonth.com)

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HUMAN COMMUNICATION

A modern history of human communication - infographic
(4.bp.blogspot.com)

A history of communication - infographic
(info.thinkingphones.com)

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Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.


BRITISH vs AMERICAN ENGLISH

BRITISH vs AMERICAN ENGLISH: 100+ Differences Illustrated
(boredpanda.com)

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GUNS

Colorado Shootings Restart Gun Debate - Text + Audio - 30 November 2015
"Another shooting incident - this time in Colorado - has brought attention to the debate about gun violence in the United States.
A police officer and two civilians were killed Friday during a five-hour shooting spree in Colorado Springs.
The shooter attacked a family planning clinic."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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COP21

E.L.L. Practice | The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference - 30 November 2015
By 
(learning.blogs.nytimes.com)

COP 21 
- "the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties - will see more than 190 nations gather in Paris to discuss a possible new global agreement
on climate change, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the threat of dangerous warming due to human activities."

(BBC)

Bill Gates launches effort to disrupt energy sector with fund for green technology
Paris climate summit: David Cameron warns 'Earth is in peril'
Leaders address climate change summit - VIDEO
8 award-winning technologies tackling climate change
Attenborough: we need to focus on renewables
Paris climate change conference: Everything you need to know about the UN summit
COP-21 climate deal in Paris spells end of the fossil era
(telegraph.co.uk)

COP21: 150 chefs d'Etat pour l'environnement - 37 PHOTOS
(20minutes.fr)

 

COP21: Prince Charles to call for forest protection - 1 December 2015
(BBC)

World Leaders Seek Climate Change Agreement - Text + Audio - 30 November 2015
"Representatives from more than 150 countries are meeting in Paris to try to reach an agreement on climate change.
The world leaders are debating ways to reduce emissions from fossil fuels - like oil and gasoline - to slow the rise of the Earth’s temperature."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

COP21: Obama on risk of 'submerged countries, abandoned cities' - VIDEO - 30 November 2015
"US President Barack Obama has outlined a vision of the world that includes "submerged countries, abandoned cities and fields
that no longer grow", if efforts to halt global warming are not stepped up.
He was speaking at the Paris climate conference, known as COP21, where more than 150 world leaders have converged for two weeks of talks."

(BBC)

COP21: Climate issues dividing rich and poor nations - VIDEO - 30 November 2015
"When you have 195 countries negotiating at the climate change conference in Paris, some key issues remain contentious.
Some of the world's poorest countries say they fear being "left behind" in the push for a new treaty.
BBC News explains the key points dividing the rich and poor nations in the climate debate."

(BBC)

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AIDS

£8bn shortfall in tackling Aids threatens 'millions of lives', report says - 1 December 2015
"In a report to mark World Aids Day, the One group warns that lack of funds jeopardises global efforts
to bring the HIV and Aids epidemic under control."

(theguardian.com)

Can We Reduce HIV Infections to Zero? - Text + Audio - 30 November 2015
"World AIDS Day has been held on December 1 each year since 1988. The theme of this year's events is "Getting To Zero."
With reduced HIV/AIDS infections and death, an AIDS-free world might be in sight. Experts tell how we can get there."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WHALES

Japanese whaling ships depart for Antarctic hunt - 1 December 2015
"Japanese whaling ships have departed for the Antarctic hunt, resuming the programme after a year, despite international opposition."

(BBC)

Japan accepts court ban on Antarctic whaling - Article + Videos - 31 March 2014
"Turkish authorities have rounded up some 1,300 migrants allegedly bound for Greece, Turkish state media report."

(BBC)

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MIGRANTS

Migrant crisis: Turkey rounds up hundreds 'bound for Greece' - 30 November 2015
"Vladimir Putin on Monday accused Turkey of secretly purchasing oil from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), and claimed that the decision to shoot down a Russian warplane last week was motivated by the desire to protect the flow of oil from the terrorist group."

(BBC)

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THE ISLAMIC STATE

Putin claims Turkey shot down Russian jet to protect oil trade with Isil - 30 November 2015
(telegraph.co.uk)

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THE GARMENT INDUSTRY

Beyond the label: Photographer documents garment industry in Bangladesh - 16 PHOTOS
(telegraph.co.uk)


"In most of these garment factories there are no labour inspectors
and the factories receive much less attention from the international community.
Many factories are non-compliant with regards to anti-child labour legislation."



"What is the informal garment sector?
'Informal factories' are companies not officially registered in Bangladesh producing garments
for the local and sometimes the Indian market.
These factories also produce garments for well-known
and established international brands through subcontracts."

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STREET ART

20 works of street art that make you say: how did they even think of this?
(hefty.co)

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