Curso First Certificate Exam

LOS CURSOS DE INGLES GRATIS PREFERIDOS POR LOS HISPANOHABLANTES

 

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Pollution of the seas - Part 3

 

Now, Stella Mercer interviews Dr. Frank Spokewell, a representative from the oil industry. Check the transcription below as you will have to do the last two activities after listening.

 
 

STELLA:

Well, this is a good moment to bring in Dr Frank Spokewell, a representative from the oil industry. Dr Spokewell, you've seen Estelle's photos. What's your reaction?

SPOKEWELL:

Well, I would agree with Estelle that this was a major disaster and one – I must emphasise – that no one in the oil industry would have wished to happen. After the accident, the industry launched the largest clean-up operation in history. It involved more than 10,000 individuals, several hundred boats and aircraft, and much specialised equipment. A variety of conventional clean-up techniques were used; however, these methods were found to be not entirely successful, so we also experimented with biological agents – for instance micro-organisms such as bacteria, which break down the oils into harmless substances. Nature does this anyway, but this time she needed some help.

STELLA:

And what was the result of all this work?

SPOKEWELL:

Well, I'm happy to say that it quickly proved the gloomy forecasts of a lot of outside observers wrong. Within the first year after the spill most of the damage had disappeared. Now even the most seriously affected beaches are agreed to be back to normal. The area has retained its outstanding natural beauty, and plant and animal life is doing as well as before – as any visitor to the area will see.

STELLA:

Well, a positive response from the oil industry there. Estelle, briefly, what do you make of this?

ESTELLE:

There are many detailed points I could go into if we had time. For instance, although some beaches have indeed been cleaned, there is still oil on others. We shouldn't think that just because a beach looks clean it is clean. Further, no one knows what effect the use of micro-organisms in the clean-up operation had – or is still having – on the environment. And that brings me to my major point – how can we say, without years of study of all the ecosystems of Prince William Sound, that there have been no adverse long-term effects?

STELLA:

And there I'm afraid we must leave it for the moment ...

 

Pollution of the seas - Part 3

 

ACTIVITY 363: After listening to the third part of the radio discussion, choose the best alternative (TRUE or FALSE) from the menu. Finally, check your answers.

 What attitude(s) does Dr. Spokewell show?

 

 

TRUE

FALSE

A.

anger

B.

concern

C.

confidence

D.

disapproval

E.

optimism

 

Pollution of the seas: your opinion

 

ACTIVITY 364: After listening to the three parts of the radio discussion, try to answer these three questions in your own words. Finally, check the alternative answers.

1.

What impression of the characters and opinions of the three speakers do you get?

2.

What major environmental problems are they talking about?

3.

Who do you think presents his or her points best?

4.

Who do you feel most willing to believe?

¡¡¡ La pregunta # 4 la respondí yo misma !!! 
En la página siguiente Mr. Grammar explicará la forma pasiva de los REPORTING VERBS ...

 

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