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Vocabulary for speaking: Opinions, Interrupting, Fillers, Linkers.

I'll be moving energy commentaries, etc. to this page: Speaking about Energy.

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David Harper Actividad para practicar el verbo "get" realizada por el profesor de inglés David Harper. Lee el texto y decide dónde insertar el verbo "get" (hay más que 20 ejemplos en distintas formas). Luego escucha el texto para comprobar tus respuestas.Uses of Get.

Actividad para practicar pronunciación realizada por el profesor de inglés William Christison (Clases Particulares de Inglés). Lee el poema anónimo. Luego escucha y comprueba: (pronunciación - estadounidense).

CC Golf Image The Masters Golf Championship. - Actividades para leer y escuchar de Hotpotatoes por el profesor de inglés Peter Wilson Clarke - Verbs Vocabulary, Other Vocabulary, Cloze, Quiz.

Speaking about Global Warming:

Inconvenient Truth Trailer. Here is an activity for you to do when you watch the trailer: ITT.

Writing for real (Go write on this subject in the real world):

Global warming not a big threat (A blog entry by Alan Lipkin - Raleigh, N.C. - on Alan thinks "global warming is greatly exaggerated and that a lot of scientists think that global warming is not caused by human activity. In general, he thinks that talk of human-caused global warming is "politically inspired and very poor science," which is now beginning to "limit the construction of badly needed coal-fired power plants." What do you think? Visit the page linked above and read more and leave a comment.

Similar conversations, Global warming 'irreversible' for next 1000 years: study, Did Al Get the Science Right?, Climate debate reaches new low (These boards are closed.)

Write about Michael Jackson's "Earth Song":

Listen to and write or speak about "Earth Song" by Michael Jackson here: Earth Song.

Write about Minnesottan's for Global Warming (M4GW) song:

Listen to and write or speak about "M4GW" here: Earth Song.

Speaking about Tablas de Daimiel:

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Global Warming Vocabulary MP3


sign and ratify a treaty
reduce or reverse
scientific consensus
water vapor
carbon dioxide
fossil fuel
feedback process
research indicates
glacial retreat
arctic shrinkage
agricultural yields

species extinctions
disease vectors
ice shelf disruption
rainfall patterns
overall patterns
water scarcity / shortages
economic losses
growing population densities
economic costs
the globe
the worst-case scenario
economic risk
energy efficiency
alternative fuels
gross domestic product
the Western world
global dimming
ozone depletion

Questions for speaking practice MP3

If you have no idea of what to say, answer one of these questions or have a look at the relevant links at the bottom of the list. (Most of these questions were borrowed from those pages.)

What is global warming?

What is global warming?

What is climate change? Is the climate warming?

What is the greenhouse effect, and is it affecting our climate?

Are greenhouse gases increasing?

How does the presence of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere behave like a greenhouse?

What do greenhouse gases do?

What are the sources of gases that are also considered “greenhouse” gases? How significant are their effects?

Do man-made greenhouse gases matter compared to water vapor?

What is an “El Niño?” Are El Niños related to Global Warming?

Is the hydrological cycle (evaporation and precipitation) changing?

Is the atmospheric / oceanic circulation changing?

Is the climate becoming more variable or extreme?

How important are these changes in a longer-term context?

Is the sea level rising?

What is the combustion reaction? What is the important by-product of this reaction that is important for this issue? How much carbon dioxide is being produced by various energy producing reactions?

What is the evidence that temperature and carbon dioxide concentrations are correlated? What do the ice core samples tell us about past climates?

How good is the temperature data that is being used to support the theory of global warming? Can this data be used as an absolute proven fact that global warming is already occurring or will occur?

Has the Sun been more active in recent years, and could it be responsible for some global warming?

Can the observed changes be explained by natural variability, including changes in solar output?

Haven’t satellites actually observed cooling temperatures in the lower atmosphere?

Are the ozone hole and global warming related?

Are the unusual or extreme weather events in my area caused by global warming?

Are there natural processes that will amplify or limit global warming?

Is global warming connected to the hole in the ozone layer?


Has the climate changed during the 20th and 21st century? What is and is not known with certainty about climate change? Is global warming already happening?

If the Earth has warmed and cooled throughout history, what makes scientists think that humans are causing global warming now?


What is the evidence that global temperatures are increasing? Or can we really not tell? Are recent extreme weather events due to global warming?

What causes this climate change? What is causing global warming? What does the greenhouse effect have to do with global warming?

Are humans contributing to global warming?

What is the evidence that the use of fossil fuels, which produce carbon dioxide, is causing climate change? How much carbon dioxide is being produced by various energy producing reactions?

What technologies are used to provide energy in a modern society? What types of fuels are used for these energy sources? How much carbon dioxide is being produced by various energy producing reactions?

Are fossil fuels being used excessively in the industrialized countries to provide for the convenience of society? Should people pay more for fuels or do they have a "right" to cheap gasoline?

What is the cause of sea level rise? How many inches has the sea level risen so far?

Consequences if Global Warming actually exists

What about the future?

How much warmer is the Earth likely to become? How many degrees is global warming expected to raise temperatures?

Would a temperature rise of a couple of degrees really change the global climate?

Do extreme events such as heat waves and floods have anything to do with global warming?

What climate changes are expected for the future? How could climate change affect us in the future?

What are some of the consequences or impacts to the environment should global warming occur? What are the likely consequences of climate change to ecosystems? Can ecosystems adapt to Climate Change?

What are some of the consequences or impacts to human society should global warming occur? What are the likely consequences of climate change to human societies?

What if global warming isn’t as severe as predicted?

Why is global warming a problem?

Adaptation, prevention or cure - Political and economic obstacles

How long does carbon dioxide remain in the atmosphere?

Where are we heading with atmospheric carbon dioxide?

How much in carbon emissions does the U.S produce?

How do you get 20 pounds of CO2 out of a gallon of gasoline that weighs about 6 pounds?

If we stabilized greenhouse gas emissions at today’s rates, would global warming stop?

If we immediately stopped emitting greenhouse gases, would global warming stop?

What can we do about global warming? Is there anything we can do about global warming?

Can societies adapt to Climate Change?

How could greenhouse gas emissions be reduced?

What are the economic ramifications of a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions mandate? Is it possible to switch over to "clean" technologies while still using fossil fuels? Can alternative energies realistically be brought on line fast enough that the use of fossil fuels would be discouraged?

Will responding to global warming be harmful to our economy?

As currently proposed in the agreement in Kyoto, Japan, December 1997, the industrialized nations committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, while the undeveloped nations such as China, India, and others did not commit to any reductions. Is this correct and fair?

Should the U.S. Senate ratify the Kyoto Treaty and agree to quantified legally-binding objectives for greenhouse gas emission limitations and significant overall reductions within specified timeframes?

Should people be charged a tax to more accurately reflect the damage done to the environment by the use of excessive energy? In other words should taxes be brought to a level where gasoline costs $3-4 per gallon as they are in Europe to discourage gas guzzling cars and SUV's?


Who is Al Gore and what is he doing with regard to global warming?

What is the Kyoto Protocol?

What is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)?

Talk about the energy balance on the earth in relation to the earth and the sun. What is the electromagnetic spectrum? Explain the operation of a greenhouse or the inside of your car on a sunny day.

How accurate are the computer models in making predictions about global warming? What is the limitation on their accuracy?

What is the best source of scientific information on global warming?

Where can I learn more about global warming on other sites?:

Reading: A current special report in TIME magazine: Global Warming.
DotEarth on NYTimes
Climate Change Series on Financial Times
Wikipedia on Global Warming
Wikipedia on Climate Change
Global Warming on Youtube
Government website on Global Warming
Union of Concerned Scientists on Global Warming
More on Global Warming
NASA on Global Warming
Green Facts on Global Warming
Global Warming for Kids

Climate Song:

The New York Times: The Singing Climatologist

Other resources:

Global Change

Climate Armageddon

Earth on Visual Dictionary online

Environment on Visual Dictionary online

Popular Science

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