Marine Life in Danger – level 3
Results of a study released in 2015 shows a 49% decline in the number of marine species around the world between 1970 and 2012.
The study of marine mammals, ranging from birds to reptiles to fish, highlighted that marine life is disappearing faster than conservationists had feared. The figure is actually 10% higher than previous estimates.
The decline is not only bad news for ecosystems but to humans as well, especially to people in the developing world who depend on the ocean’s resources. As stated in the report, the blame for halving global fish stocks falls heavily on over-fishing and climate change, with the deep-sea fish population down 72%.
Rising water temperatures and increasing acidity have left 3/4 of coral reefs under threat, and it is possible that most coral reefs could die out by 2050. People also fear that a quarter of the world’s sharks, rays and skates could eventually become extinct.
Difficult words: marine (relating to the sea), species (a type of animal), figure (a number), spell (mean), stock (investment), ray (a big fish that moves in the water like a bird), skate (a type of a ray).
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LEARN 3000 WORDS with NEWS IN LEVELS
News in Levels is designed to teach you 3000 words in English. Please follow the instructions
How to improve your English with News in Levels:
- Do the test at Test Languages.
- Go to your level. Go to Level 1 if you know 1-1000 words. Go to Level 2 if you know 1000-2000 words. Go to Level 3 if you know 2000-3000 words.
- Read two news articles every day.
- Read the news articles from the day before and check if you remember all new words.
- Listen to the news from today and read the text at the same time.
- Listen to the news from today without reading the text.
- Answer the question under today’s news and write the answer in the comments.