Curso First Certificate Exam



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Pollution of the seas - Part 1


The object of this 3-part activity is to give you a real-life task to do to demonstrate your understanding of both listening and reading information. You are going to listen a radio discussion in which Estelle Greenshaw, a photojournalist, and Dr Frank Spokewell, a representative from the oil industry, talk to the presenter, Stella Mercer.

Now, listen to Stella Mercer's introduction while you check the transcription below. You will have to do the first activity afterwards.




Viewed from space the planet Earth is blue, seventy per cent of its surface covered with water. Two thirds of the human body is made up of water and we need to drink at least two litres every day. For three and a half billion years water has sustained life on Earth. Yet in the tiniest fraction of that time we have begun turning our waters into one great rubbish dump.

It has been calculated that the water of the river Rhine, on which 20 million Europeans depend for their drinking water, contains over 2,000 chemicals. Material cleared from the waterways of Holland is believed to be so dangerous that it has to be stored on a specially built island.

And in our seas the delicate balance of life is being disrupted by the sewage, oil, heavy metals and the tens of thousands of artificial chemicals – plastics, pesticides, fertilisers, pharmaceuticals – we throw into it each year. As a result, here in England one in three bathing beaches is considered to be unfit for swimming.


Pollution of the seas - Part 1


ACTIVITY 361: After listening to the first part of the radio discussion, choose the best alternative (TRUE or FALSE) from the menu. Finally, check your answers.

 What point(s) does Stella Mercer make in her introduction?






Water is vital for life on earth.


Water pollution has always occurred.


Water pollution has serious effects for mankind.


The Mediterranean is one of the most polluted seas.


It's easy not to worry about the pollution of the seas.


La contaminación del océano es un tema muy serio. ¡¡¡ En Argentina también hay playas contaminadas !!!
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