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Geography

The Things They Get Up To In Europe
Europeans may love their television remote controls but most still don't use computers, a new poll showed. (Comparison of habits of Europeans (television, reading, computer use and music), map reading, pronunciation of names of countries and nationalities, conducting a survey, the word 'only'.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Mangrove Forest Under Threat
Bangladesh and India will work together under a UN plan to protect the Sundarban, the world's biggest mangrove forest. (Conservation, mangrove forests, endangered species, discussion, superlative adjectives, crossword.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Irukandji Sting
A US tourist has become the second foreign visitor to Australia to die after being stung by an irukandji, a tiny, translucent jellyfish for which there is no known antivenene. (Finding the main idea; true, false or not given; after +-ing; the prefix 'anti'.)
Intermediate
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Pacific Weather Patterns
Cutting edge world science has produced a sudden consensus that a feared El Nino weather pattern is likely to be developing in the Pacific. (Weather forecasting, El Nino, affect and effect, keeping a weather journal.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Sorry About That!
Britain invades Spain! History? In fact, it was an accidental invasion by British troops in February 2002! (International relations, history, geography, errors, mistakes, diplomacy, Gibraltar, adjectives and adverbs, ordering events, guessing from context, negotiating.)
Intermediate
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'Drink of the Gods'
Growing health concerns about kava have thrown a spanner in South Pacific plans to turn it into a big export crop, straining already frail island economies. Vanuatu's Finance Minister, Joe Baumol Carlo, said adverse medical reports were not the fault of kava, but of the derivatives added by pharmaceutical companies. (Herbal medicines, health, natural remedies, kava, trade, business, government controls on drugs, prepositions.)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Moviemakers' Paradise
New Zealand, where the Lord of the Rings films were shot, is spending millions of dollars promoting itself as a movie makers' paradise, as well as encouraging tourists to come and see where Lord of the Rings was filmed: "New Zealand is Middle Earth,'' says actor Elijah Wood, who plays Frodo. (New Zealand, movie making, movies, prepositions.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Finnish Grapes
Grapes will soon ripen for wine production in Finland using warm water from a nuclear reactor cooling system. (Technology, farming, dictionary work, using 'will' to talk about a future fact.)
Elementary
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Wild Elephants
Wild elephants killed four people and injured 15 others while rampaging through two villages in southeastern Bangladesh. (Problems related to protecting endangered animals, elephants, the Simple Past and Simple Present Tenses.)
Elementary
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World's Oldest Man Dies
The world's oldest man, 112-year-old Antonio Todde from Sardinia, has died. His life has been a part of a scientific study. A remarkable number of Sardinia's 1.6 million inhabitants live through a century. Some 135 people per million live to see their 100th birthday while the western average is nearer 75. (Secrets of a long life, habits and lifestyle, scientific studies, prepositions.)
Intermediate
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Stowaway Cat
This is about an international rescue mission to rescue a New Zealand cat that stowed away on a ship to South Korea. (Ships, ports, rescue, stowaway, quarantine, phone call, use of "tried to... but... too...".)
Elementary
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Stolen Animals
Criminals steal an estimated 38 million animals from Brazil's forests each year. A recent report has estimated that local traffickers of endangered animals earn about $1 billion a year, causing untold losses to the country's natural habitat. (Smuggling, synonyms, the passive, participle clauses, word forms, suffixes.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Water, water everywhere...
Many of the world's freshwater lakes face death by pollution, resulting in catastrophe for the human populations that depend on them. Experts have warned that there is not a lake left on the planet that is not already being affected by human activities. (Discourse markers, text structure, participles as relative clauses.)
Advanced
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A State of Emergency
Italy has declared a state of environmental emergency in Venice, one of its most popular tourist destinations. "Extraordinary measures are needed because of the high levels of pollution," said Federica Cingolani, the environment ministry press secretary. "The states of emergency could last a year but it will be up to local officials to decide." (Pollution, Italy, tourism, collocations Writing / Peer Editing.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Cyber Lambs
Ten of New Zealand's 44 million sheep have their own web site, after Japanese school children adopted them. (Animals, the Internet, using 'at least', 'or more', 'over' and 'plus' with numbers.)
Elementary
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A Global Issue
"Landmines take or wreck three lives an hour, every hour, every day of every year. We have to come together now to try to stop that," Sir Paul McCartney said on launching Adopt-A-Minefield UK, a new charity raising funds for mine clearance and landmine survivors. (Landmine clearance, global problems, vegetarians, the passive.)
Intermediate
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Put a cork in it?
Portuguese cork producers are worried that more and more wine bottles will use plastic seals. At stake, they say, is not only a billion-dollar industry but the mainstay of many farmers in Portugal's south, where ancient cork trees also prevent desertification and are a refuge for bird life. (Business, the environment, Portugal, the present perfect, for and since.)
Advanced
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The Newest President
In 2008 the Security Council has five new members including Libya. (United Nations, Security Council, Ban Ki-Moon and his achievements to date, defining and non-defining relative clauses, gap filling, Internet research, reading for specific information, split readings.)
Upper-Intermediate
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See You In Court
A longtime fan, disgruntled with the play his favourite hockey team, has sued the club's owner for breach of contract. (Sport, law suits, suing, money, cause and effect)
Intermediate
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Running Man
Many people today want to be the best at something. Read through these recent news articles to get an idea of what sort of records people try to break. (world records, sauna, Everest, running around the world, muti-word adjectives)
Intermediate
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Nunavut: A New Territory
In the first redrawing of Canada's maps in 50 years, a vast new Arctic territory has been created. (Geography, Canada, local autonomy, dependent clauses)
Intermediate
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Another World Record
This is about the largest ozone hole ever observed opening up over Antarctica... When? Now. Do the lesson and stay out of the sun! (ozone layer, greenhouse gases, the future, global warming, pollution, prefixes)
Upper-Intermediate
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Nuts
Ever wanted to find out more about 'nuts' and 'nut cases'? Max presents us with the perfect opportunity.
Intermediate
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Chocolate
The name seems to fit the commodity - the word "chocolate" sounds firm, brittle, with the "crack" of breaking chocolate before melting into the "l" sound. Mmmmm. Ever wanted to know where chocolate comes from, what it contains or about words connected with chocolate? Mr. M. Vocab. can help.
Intermediate
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A Wild Race
This is about the Eco-Challenge, billed as the world's toughest expedition race. Forget the Olympics... this is a REAL challenge! (Extreme sports, tough races, sport in wilderness areas, phrasal verbs.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Arctic Adventures
If you yawn at the thought of a Mediterranean cruise and couldn't care less about Caribbean beaches, how about climbing a frozen waterfall or helping to skin a seal? Arctic tourist adventures. (Nunavut, tourism, the Arctic)
Advanced
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