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Talking about Global Warming

Dan has just read an interesting article about global warming. He is talking to his friend,

Emily, about it…

Dan: Emily, have you read this article? It says that the Earth’s temperature has risen by 1

degree Celsius per decade since 1880 because of global warming! If this trend continues, it

says that London could feel as hot as Barcelona by 2050!

Emily: Oh really? That's very worrying! What are the consequences if temperatures keep


Dan: It will cause extreme drought and more diseases because summers and winters will be

hotter. Global sea-levels will rise, and the rising temperatures will affect wildlife and their

habitats too.

Emily: The consequences will be terrible if people don’t wake up to the climate crisis…

What can we do about it?

Dan: Well, the good news is that we can all play our part. There are lots of local

organisations promoting sustainable living. It would be a good idea to join one or at least to

follow the experts’ recommendations. We can all live a greener life by doing simple things

like recycling, buying eco-friendly materials and packaging, and even taking the train or


Emily: But will that help with the rising sea levels?

Dan: Well, if we all contribute in some way, it will reduce the effects of global warming!

Although, I think that the governments need to do more, and that they should impose high

fines for anyone caught polluting the air, rivers, and seas…

Emily: You’re right. But what about wildlife? How can we help?

Dan: Well, we could join a conservation group like WWF. It would be a good idea to start a

local campaign too and get everyone from school involved.

Emily: Yes, I agree with you - we all need to play our part in tackling global warming!

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Talking about Global Warming


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