Topic: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES/CONCERNS 3: Natural disasters, relief efforts, etc.

It's always good to be aware of certain environmental concerns. We all live on this planet and have to take care of it. Here's an exercise to help you practice talking/writing about the environment and some of the problems that many of us face every day.


1. Because of the damages caused by the cyclone, there will be massive ________ of food.
  shortcomings
  shortages

2. Most of the facilities are in ________. ( = in need or/ requiring repairs)
  disrepair
  disregard

3. The disease ________ was spread by dirty water.
  outlook
  outbreak

4. To ________ relief efforts = To prevent relief efforts, or to make them hard to carry out
  hammer
  hamper

5. The tornado ________ power lines and destroyed homes.
  ripped-down
  ripped-up

6. Several ________ agencies (like Doctors Without Borders) have offices here.
  humanity
  humanitarian

7. Recent surveys have shown that poorer people in developing countries care more about the environment than others in more ________ ( = wealthier) countries.
  prosperous
  prospered

8. UNICEF has been distributing water ________ ( = cleaning) tablets throughout the area.
  purification
  clarification

9. The majority of people in our country live ________ less than $5 a day.
  in
  on

10. Many people in the third-world ________ hungry ( = suffer from hunger) every day.
  get
  go



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