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IELTS Reading 2 - Passage 3

Questions 27-32

Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage 3?

In boxes 27-32 on your answer sheet, write

YES if the statement agrees with the writer's claims
NO if the statement contradicts the writer's claims
NOT GIVEN if there is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this

27) Environmentalists take a pessimistic view of the world for a number of reasons.  

28) Data on the Earth's natural resources has only been collected since 1972.  

29) The number of starving people in the world has increased in recent years.  

30) Extinct species are being replaced by new species.  

31) Some pollution problems have been correctly linked to industrialisation.  

32) It would be best to attempt to slow down economic growth.  

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Reading Tip: Multiple-Choice Questions

If you are having difficulty with a multiple-choice question, go on to the next one. When you have answered the questions you are sure of, go back to any that are causing you difficulty. With those questions, identify the relevant part of the text. Read it carefully and work ‘backwards’, crossing out the options that are definitely not correct.

Questions 33-37

Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D.

Write your answers in boxes 33-37 on your answer sheet.

33) What aspect oh scientific research does the writer express concern about in paragraph 4?
  A    the need to produce results
B    the lack of financial support
C    the selection of areas to research
D    the desire to solve every research problem
34) The writer quotes from the Worldwide Fund for Nature to illustrate how
  A    influential the mass media can be.
B    effective environmental groups can be.
  C    the mass media can help groups raise funds.
D    environmental groups can exaggerate their claims.
35) What is the writer's main point about lobby groups in paragraph 6?
  A    Some are more active than others.
B    Some are better organised than others.
C    Some receive more criticism than others.
D    Some support more important issues than others.
36) The writer suggests that newspapers print items that are intended to
  A    educate readers.
B    meet their readers' expectations.
  C    encourage feedback from readers.
D    mislead readers.
37) What does the writer say about America's waste pcoblem?
  A    It will increase in line with population growth.
B    It is not as important as we have been led to believe.
  C    It has been reduced through public awareness of the issues.
D    It is only significant in certain areas of the country.

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Climate change and global warming

These two terms are often used synonymously to describe the warming of the earth and seas. Global warming is only used to describe this phenomenon over the last few decades, whereas climate change can also describe the heating and cooling of the earth over billions of years.

Questions 38-40

Complete the summary with the list of words A-I below.

Write the correct letter A-I in boxes 38-40 on your answer sheet.

The writer admits that global warming is a (38) .................... challenge, but says that it will not have a catastrophic impact on our future, if we deal with it in the (39) .................... way. If we try to reduce the levels of greenhouse gases, he believes that it would only have a minimal impact on rising temperatures. He feels it would be better to spend money on the more (40) .................... health problem of providing the world's population with clean drinking water.

A unrealistic B agreed C expensive
D right E long-term F usual
G surprising H personal I urgent

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