News exercise #268


1. How does this new data differ from the UN estimates?
2. What effect is it having on coral?
3. What expression did the speaker from The London Sea Life Centre use to illustrate the current ecological situation?
4. How sure is the evidence, and what is the challenge ahead?

Answers:
1. How does this new data differ from the UN estimates?
It shows that warming is increasing faster than predicted by about 40%.
2. What effect is it having on coral?
The coral is undergoing a “bleaching” effect, meaning it is losing its colour.
3. What expression did the speaker from The London Sea Life Centre use to illustrate the current ecological situation?
He said it lays the finishing blows to a punch-drunk ecosystem. This is an analogy from boxing.
4. How sure is the evidence, and what is the challenge ahead?
The evidence is indisputable and the challenge is acting upon it.

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