Learn English with the News – Fossil Fuel Firms Sue Governments Claiming Climate Policies Hurt Profits

Oil companies blame individuals for climate change. Individuals blame the oil companies. But, we’re all in this together and finding a solution means working together without passing the blame around. Are companies ready to do something, or is just more talk?

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Adapted from this article.

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Fossil Fuel Firms Sue Governments Claiming Climate Policies Hurt Profits || Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Fossil Fuel Firms Sue Governments Claiming Climate Policies Hurt Profits || Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Fossil Fuel Firms Sue Governments Claiming Climate Policies Hurt Profits || True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

 

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Full Text:

“Fossil fuel companies are suing governments across the world. They claim that action against climate change is threatening their profits.

How can they do this? The companies are exploiting a legal process that allows them to sue governments under international laws which control trade agreements and treaties. Because the treaties are international, the courts that govern the laws are also international. This means that a country, like Italy, can be fined for fighting against climate change by advocating alternative energy.

One company, Rockhopper, is suing the Italian government for $325m. Italy’s ban on offshore oil drilling close to the coastline, the company says, is hurting their profits.

These companies, which are major contributors to the climate crisis, are not trying to fix the problem. Instead they are looking for more money directly from governments.

The countries involved are convinced that an international tribunal will form an objective opinion.”

Too, Very and So – English Grammar Exercise

Too, very, and so are all similar words, but they are used in different ways. Let’s take a look at the differences!

 

Too is used with an adjective to talk about something that is problematic or excessive. It means “more than it should be”.  It always has a negative meaning, and is used with negative adjectives like “expensive” or “tired”.

Examples:

Those shoes are too expensive! (The shoes are MORE expensive than they should be)

I am too tired to go to the party tonight. (I am MORE tired than I should be)

 

Too can also be used with much / many.

            Examples:

            I ate too much food!

            There were too many people at the beach.

 

 

Very is also used to make an adjective stronger, but it doesn’t have a negative meaning.

            Examples:

            It was very hot yesterday.

            The exam was very difficult.

 

Very can also be used with nouns, unlike too and so.

            Examples:

            Tomorrow will be a very cold day.

            Maria is a very beautiful girl.

 

 

So is similar to too, and can be used with positive or negative adjectives. So is often used with “that”. Ex: The party was so fun that I stayed for hours.

            Examples:

            The park is so far from my house.

            I am so happy that you came!

            The cake was so good that I ate two pieces.

 

Too, Very and So - English Grammar Exercise

Try this quiz with very, too, and so!

Learn English with the News – Without Tourists, Monkeys Begin Stealing from Homes in Bali

The global COVID pandemic has had so many obvious consequences and repercussions. One of those is certainly a massive drop in tourism, especially to those isolated countries that live off of international guests coming in. In Bali, it appears that monkeys, no longer scared by the crowded, bustling streets, are now stealing from homes around the island! Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Adapted from this article.

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Without Tourists, Monkeys Begin Stealing from Homes in Bali | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Without Tourists, Monkeys Begin Stealing from Homes in Bali | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Without Tourists, Monkeys Begin Stealing from Homes in Bali | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

FULL TEXT:

“Hungry monkeys on the island of Bali began raiding villagers’ homes searching for food. Normally, tourists bring foods like bananas or peanuts for the monkeys in exchange for a photograph.
Residents now offer fruits and other goods to the primates in order to reduce thefts. The residents say that they are scared of the monkeys becoming wild again. There are about 600 monkeys living in the sanctuary and are considered sacred.
Before the pandemic, the area was popular for wedding photos and for attracting international visitors. The monkeys, normally tame, could be coaxed to sit on a shoulder or lap for a peanut. Since Indonesia banned all foreign travellers both the monkeys and the sanctuary have suffered.
Some villagers have offered to help the sanctuary by providing donations, but food for the monkeys is expensive: about $60 each day. This money, which usually comes from admission fees, buys cassava and bananas, the monkeys’ staple food.
These macaques are omnivorous and can eat a variety of animals and plants. At the sanctuary, however, they have had enough contact with humans that they now prefer other things. Now, they sit on roofs or wander into villages, waiting for an opportune moment to make off with food or religious offerings. The villagers hope that things will return to normal as the borders reopen.”