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Watch the following video about pollution in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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1. What is the problem presented in this video?


2. Is this a widespread problem, why?


3. Are any solutions suggested for this problem?


Note: Particulates are tiny pieces of solid or liquid matter such as soot, dust, fumes or mist.



Read the article and answer the questions - highlight the answers in the text.


Air pollution in New Zealand

With the exception of some nuisance odours and agricultural spray drift, New Zealanders’ concerns about air quality used to be limited to visible pollution from smoke and fumes in winter. However, there is a growing awareness that air pollution does not have to be visible to cause problems.

By world standards, New Zealand has relatively good air quality. This is due to the coastal location of most of the main centres, the limited amount of heavy industry, the strong winds that disperse pollutants, and the country’s distance from other continents and sources of pollution.

However, some urban areas occasionally have quite high air pollution levels. Pollution typically occurs in Auckland, with its heavy traffic, and Christchurch, which because of its topography is prone to temperature inversion – a layer of warm air traps cooler air, and any pollution, underneath.

Domestic fires and motor vehicles contribute most of New Zealand’s air pollutants. Industry can also cause localised problems. It is important to realise that there is a complex relationship between emissions of pollutants and their presence in the air, because of dispersion processes and chemical reactions. Variations in emissions and the prevailing weather conditions mean that pollution levels are constantly changing during the day, from one day to the next, and from season to season.



10 Facts

Get 10 facts from the article above. Write each fact as a sentence.

Example: In the past, New Zealanders were not very concerned about air pollution.




















You are now going to brainstorm an essay topic and make a plan for it.



Before you start, click here to look at some photos of pollution - this might help you understand some of the causes.


Brainstorming - Use the reading and your own knowledge to think of some causes of pollution.

Write 4 causes down here.

Example: Cars





Now you need to give reasons for each cause

Example: Cars - too many people driving cars, some cars too old - pollute more, people not using public transport, traffic jams - cars not used efficiently etc







Once you have brainstormed some ideas, you now need to choose the ideas that are best. Choose one from each cause.

Example: Pollution is caused from people not using public transport effectively.






You will continue the planning process when you meet your tutor




Here are some new words for you to remember. Once you are sure of the meaning of the words, try and use them in the speaking topic below


1. industrial


2. awareness


3. agricultural


4. fumes


5. emissions


6. chemical reactions


7. temperature inversion




Talk about pollution in your country. Is it a problem? What sort of pollution is there? What is your government doing to stop pollution?



Watch the song below. It is about destruction to the planet. Try to just listen first. if you cannot understand, read the lyrics.



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