Greenhouse Effect

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Are you scared of climate change?en
A little bit. It's a complicated topic, and I don't really understand why it's happening.en
Me too. I've been reading a book about it, and the uncertainty is scary to me.en
Can you explain to me why the climate is changing?en
Scientists think it's because of the greenhouse gasses humans are producing. en
What are greenhouse gasses?en
Carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, and many others.en
And what produces greenhouse gasses?en
Many things. Examples are: driving cars, coal power plants, or factory farming. They cause an enhanced greenhouse effect in the atmosphere.en
What is a greenhouse effect?en
It's a natural process that warms the earth. The gasses reflect the sun's energy and keep the planet warm.en
Now I understand. More gasses mean that also more heat becomes trapped under them? Just like in an actual greenhouse.en
Yes, you are correct. And that's why the climate is changing.en
 
 
 

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Complete the dialog.
 
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Are you scared of climate ?
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  •   A little bit. It's a complicated 
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    , and I don't really understand why it's happening.
     
 
 
A little bit. It's a complicated , and I don't really understand why it's happening.
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  •   Me too. I've been reading a book about it, and the uncertainty is 
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Me too. I've been reading a book about it, and the uncertainty is to me.
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  •   Can you 
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    to me why the climate is changing?
     
 
 
Can you to me why the climate is changing?
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  •   Scientists think it's because of the greenhouse 
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    humans are producing. 
     
 
 
Scientists think it's because of the greenhouse humans are producing.
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    are greenhouse gasses?
     
 
 
are greenhouse gasses?
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  •   Carbon dioxide, water 
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    , methane, and many others.
     
 
 
Carbon dioxide, water , methane, and many others.
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  •   And what 
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    greenhouse gasses?
     
 
 
And what greenhouse gasses?
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  •   Many things. Examples are: driving cars, coal power plants, or 
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    farming. They cause an enhanced greenhouse effect in the atmosphere.
     
 
 
Many things. Examples are: driving cars, coal power plants, or farming. They cause an enhanced greenhouse effect in the atmosphere.
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  •   What is a greenhouse 
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What is a greenhouse ?
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  •   It's a natural process that warms the earth. The gasses 
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    the sun's energy and keep the planet warm.
     
 
 
It's a natural process that warms the earth. The gasses the sun's energy and keep the planet warm.
r e f l e c t
 
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  •   Now I understand. More gasses mean that also more heat becomes trapped under them? Just like in an 
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    greenhouse.
     
 
 
Now I understand. More gasses mean that also more heat becomes trapped under them? Just like in an greenhouse.
a c t u a l
 
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  •   Yes, you are correct. And that's why the 
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    is changing.
     
 
 
Yes, you are correct. And that's why the is changing.
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Practice Listening

Listen to the dialog and choose the matching statement.
 
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    • The earth has a climate with no balance.en
       
    • More heat means more balance for the climate of the earth.en
       
    • The climate of the earth is a fragile balance.en
       
 
 
 
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    • Climate change is a problem now because of more rain recently.en
       
    • Only recently have the emissions of greenhouse gasses increased.en
       
    • Humans have been producing a lot of greenhouses. en
       
 
 
 
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    • Oil, coal, and gas are reducing greenhouse gasses.en
       
    • Fossil fuels like oil, coal, and gas produce a lot of greenhouse gasses.en
       
    • Humans produce a lot more oil, coal, and gas for sleeping.en
       
 
 
 
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David
Are you scared of climate change?en
You
A little bit. It's a complicated topic, and I don't really understand why it's happening. en
Me too. I've been reading a book about it, and the uncertainty is scary to me.en
Can you explain to me why the climate is changing? en
Scientists think it's because of the greenhouse gasses humans are producing. en
What are greenhouse gasses? en
Carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, and many others.en
And what produces greenhouse gasses? en
Many things. Examples are: driving cars, coal power plants, or factory farming. They cause an enhanced greenhouse effect in the atmosphere.en
What is a greenhouse effect? en
It's a natural process that warms the earth. The gasses reflect the sun's energy and keep the planet warm.en
Now I understand. More gasses mean that also more heat becomes trapped under them? Just like in an actual greenhouse. en
Yes, you are correct. And that's why the climate is changing.en
Speak your answers to the dialog (when it's your turn). Record your answers to the dialog (when it's your turn). Then replay your recording and compare each recorded part to the original.
You
Are you scared of climate change? en
Ashlee
A little bit. It's a complicated topic, and I don't really understand why it's happening.en
Me too. I've been reading a book about it, and the uncertainty is scary to me. en
Can you explain to me why the climate is changing?en
Scientists think it's because of the greenhouse gasses humans are producing. en
What are greenhouse gasses?en
Carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, and many others. en
And what produces greenhouse gasses?en
Many things. Examples are: driving cars, coal power plants, or factory farming. They cause an enhanced greenhouse effect in the atmosphere. en
What is a greenhouse effect?en
It's a natural process that warms the earth. The gasses reflect the sun's energy and keep the planet warm. en
Now I understand. More gasses mean that also more heat becomes trapped under them? Just like in an actual greenhouse.en
Yes, you are correct. And that's why the climate is changing. en
 
 
 
 

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