English listening: pollution and the environment
This is a post with contents to help you practise reading, listening and speaking about pollution and the environment in English. The two reading links are fairly simple to understand. The first article is about a solution to smog being used in Beijing. It is a tower that is placed in parks that absorb particles of smog from the air and convert it into small cubes. The tower was developed by a Dutch engineer and he makes metal rings from the cubes to make extra money for his project. In the second article, the author provides a list of tips for Irish parents to save money while being more environmentally friendly. For example, car pooling with other parents to bring their kids to school (i.e. sharing one car for a journey instead of travelling individually).
The listening links have fairly accurate subtitles and they are about environmental schemes in Ireland and London. In the first video from Ireland, they talk about an idea for recycling organic waste (things like vegetable scraps, leaves and sticks). This was also created in the Netherlands and is being implemented in Ireland. The director of the organic waste recycling factory says he was “blown away” by the system when he first saw it (he was extremely impressed by it), and talks about all the environmental benefits it has.
In the second video, the people talk about about more and more green spaces being developed in London to cope with its constant population increase and prevent flooding. They mention the environmental benefits of the changes as well as the benefits to Londoners’ quality of life.