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Biodiversity Battle

The rush is on to save humanity!

1 Pre-reading

What efect do the following things have on nature? Think. Then, discuss your ideas with a partner.

property development, tourism, road construction, the food industry, mining, farming, logging, industrial fishing, war, power plants, oil exploration. Other?

2 Reading I

What do you think biodiversity means? Why is it so important? Think. Then, read the article to check your ideas.

3 Reading II

Read the article again and answer the questions.

1. What arguments does the writer present in favour of preserving biodiversity?

2. What 3 things are given as examples of things that can be done to help stop the destruction of biodiversity?

4 Language focus Phrasal verbs with pull

Look at this extract from the article on this page, “...Or pulling down the Houses of Parliament...” The writer has used a phrasal verb with “pull” (“pull down”). What does the phrasal verb with pull in each of these sentences mean?

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (199) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: Learn how to negotiate in English – perfect for both business and your day-to-day life. We’ll teach you lots of useful tricks... in English! Plus, 8 useful words and expressions for talking about the bedroom, 10 useful words for the street, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Business – IKEA • Jokes – jokes in English. • Travel – the Lake District • Functional language – paraphrasing • Grammar – the adverb too • Accents – the German English accent. • Debate – videogames • Education – weird courses • Language – how to learn English grammar • Literature – Charles Dickens • Cinema – The Fockers • Work – Jobs that disappeared... then came back! • Family – in-laws • The environment – biodiversity • Music – Christmas songs AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!