Banning smoking in China: Smoking has been made illegal in some places in Beijing. Similar laws have been passed previously.
A smoking ban has come into force at all indoor public places in the Chinese capital, Beijing.
It will be supervised by thousands of inspectors and fines will be imposed in venues that don’t comply.
Previous bans in the capital have not been successful.
come into force
become effective in law
officially forced to do or accept
act according to a rule
China’s greenhouse gases: A new report predicts China is going to reduce its emission of greenhouse gas earlier than expected.
A new study of China’s greenhouse gas emissions suggest they could start to decline within the next 10 years.
The research by the London School of Economics indicates that the fall could happen five years earlier than forecast.
Despite being the World’s leading carbon polluter, China is also the biggest investor in solar, wind and nuclear power.
substances, usually gas, that go into the air
predicted or expected
leading carbon polluter
country most responsible for creating harmful carbon gas in the air
Magna Carta commemoration: The Queen and senior members of the royal family are going to a ceremony to celebrate the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John, 800 years ago.
Here in Britain, events are getting underway to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta – the document that introduced some of the key rights enjoyed in modern democracies.
The Queen and senior members of the royal family will be attending a ceremony in the meadows at Runnymede, where the scroll was sealed by King John in 1215.
starting to happen
a historical document from the year 1215 which shows what people in England were legally allowed to do
most important things you are legally allowed to do
roll of paper or similar material with writing on it
given official approval
Taylor Swift forces Apple music change: Technology company, Apple is going to pay artists for their music during a three-month trial period.
The technology giant Apple has agreed to pay musicians for songs played on its new music streaming service after singer Taylor Swift threatened to boycott it over the issue.
She condemned Apple’s decision not to pay artists during a three-month free trial period it’s offering its customers.
listening or watching music or video directly from the internet without downloading
refuse to buy something from an organisation because you disagree with it
strongly criticised (something)
(here) musicians and singers
amount of time when something is tested
Solar-powered plane takes off again: The Solar Impulse is crossing the Pacific Ocean and is unable to land until it gets to Hawaii.
The team behind a solar-powered plane, which is aiming to fly around the world, say it’s past the point of no return on the longest leg of its journey.
The Solar Impulse is crossing the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Hawaii – a journey that will take five days. It’s risky because there’s nowhere to land in an emergency.
driven by electricity that is made from the power of the sun
past the point of no return
a situation that you cannot turn back from
stage or part (of a journey)
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