Apr 182014

In this week’s 6 Minute English – Air pollution in China with transcript video:
Officials in China are dealing with a serious problem that’s affecting people’s health.
At certain times, the air in big cities such as Shanghai is so polluted people cannot go outside.
The dirty air, known as smog, is a combination of weather conditions, fumes and smoke from cars and factories.
Rob and Finn discuss what is being done to clean up the air and explain some pollution-related vocabulary.

According to research by the Word Health Organisation, which country has the city with the world’s worst air pollution? Is it:
a) China
b) India
c) Iran


Air pollution in China

Vocabulary and definitions
air pollution: particles that make the air dirty and difficult to breathe
smog: mixture of smoke, gases, chemicals and fog
choking: (here) preventing people from breathing properly
contaminated: made dirty or less pure
pea-souper: a slang term used to describe poor quality air that is difficult to see in
fumes: strong-smelling and dangerous gas
industrialised: having lots of heavy industry
poisonous: very harmful and could cause death
asthma: medical condition that makes it hard to breathe
greener: (here) better for the environment
renewable energy: power made from natural resources that never get used up

6 Minute English – Air pollution in China Transcript Video


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