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2 In your notebook, complete the weather news extracts with the words defined in activity 1.

Professor/a, sugere-se discutir com os/as estudantes os acontecimentos mencionados nesta atividade e pedir que tentem inferir quais foram suas causas, comparando o clima habitual da região com os eventos extremos reportados. Isso pode ser feito com a ajuda do/a professor/a de Geografia.

a Published by The Guardian on July 1, 2015 about an event that happened in Western Europe.



Weather alerts across Western Europe as ______ heat wave sets in

Spell of sweltering weather expected to last several days as temperatures hit [40º C] and UN urges countries to develop better warning systems.

Excerpt from the text available at . Accessed on January 13, 2016. Occasional linguistic adjustments to fit standard language marked with [ ].

b Published by The Oslo Times on December 23, 2014 about an event that happened in Delhi, India.

A dense ______ fog has enveloped the capital, Delhi, and parts of northern India, causing massive travel chaos.

Visibility at runways at the airport in Delhi dropped to below 50 metres and reports say that at least 36 fl ights were delayed.

ARTS: AMANDA SAVOINI

Excerpt from the text available at . Accessed on January 13, 2016.
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c Published by NBC News on October 23, 2015 about an event that happened in Mexico.

______ Hurricane Patricia became the strongest storm ever measured on the planet early Friday, with experts warning it could trigger 40-foot waves along southwestern Mexico and ‘lifethreatening’ fl ash fl ooding.

More than 7 million residents — and an estimated tens of thousands of U.S. citizens visiting or living there — were told to prepare for the ‘worst-case scenario’ as the ferocious storm was expected to race ashore on Mexico’s Pacifi c coast between 6 [and] 10 p.m. ET Friday.

Excerpt from the text available at . Accessed on January 13, 2016. Occasional linguistic adjustments to fit standard language marked with [ ].

d Published by IBN Live on December 27, 2013 about an event that happened in Rajasthan, India.

Intense ______ cold wave conditions sweeping across Rajasthan since early this week have claimed the lives of two persons in Jaipur in the last 24 hours.

According to police, the body of a 43-year-old unidentifi ed [beggar], who hardly had much clothing on him, was found at Galtagate this morning […].

Excerpt from the text available at . Accessed on January 13, 2016. Occasional linguistic adjustments to fit standard language marked with [ ].

e Published by Digital Journal on January 16, 2011 about events that happened in Brazil.

The Brazilian ______ floods that have claimed over 600 lives is the deadliest natural disaster to have hit the country. This comes barely months after an unprecedented drought hit the Amazon region when water levels in the river’s tributaries fell drastically.

Torrential rains inundated a heavily populated, steep-sloped area about 40 miles north of Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday and Wednesday, triggering flash floods and mudslides. The disaster had claimed 610 lives at the last count.

ARTS: AMANDA SAVOINI

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f Published by Digital Journal on January 16, 2011 about events that happened in Brazil.

Only a few months ago, the Rio Negro or Black river, one of the most important tributaries of the Amazon, fell to its lowest level in over a century. What followed was a ______ drought that ravaged tens of thousands of rainforest inhabitants. Nearly half of Amazonas state’s 62 municipalities declared states of emergency, according to The Guardian.

What Brazil is now witnessing is what climate change scientists have been warning about for years.

Excerpt from the text available at . Accessed on January 13, 2016.

g Published by Eyewitness News on January 26, 2015 about an event that happened in Los Angeles, United States.

NORTHEAST ______ blizzard CAUSES NEARLY 100 FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS AT LAX

More than 80 flights out of Los Angeles International Airport were canceled Monday in preparation of a history-making storm expected to drop 1 to 3 feet of snow on the East Coast.

Excerpt from the text available at . Accessed on January 13, 2016.

h Published by The Weather Channel on October 29, 2015 about an event that happened in Queensland, Australia.

______ Hailstorm Hits Chinchilla, Australia; Damage Reported, School Closed

Hail as big as golf balls fell from a severe storm in Queensland, Australia, Wednesday afternoon, leaving damage that knocked out power [of] thousands and forced the closure of at least one school.

The large storm hit the town of Chinchilla, where damage was reported to many buildings and the hail quickly piled up on streets and yards, turning the scene into something that resembled winter.

ARTS: AMANDA SAVOINI

Excerpt from the text available at . Accessed on January 13, 2016. Occasional linguistic adjustments to fit standard language marked with [ ].

3 Based on what you have read so far in this section, which adjectives from the box can be used with the phrases related to weather? Write the complete phrases in your notebook.



Professor/a, sugere-se relembrar o conceito de collocation (palavras que normalmente são usadas juntas). Ao final, pode-se pedir aos/às estudantes que confirmem suas respostas retornando às frases das atividades 1 e 2.

dense / destructive / heavy / high / severe / strong

a ______ high humidity, especially in oceanic climate countries

b a storm system with ______ strong winds and ______ heavy rain

c a ______severe snowstorm

d a ______ dense fog

e a ______ destructive tornado outbreak
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4 Get together with a partner and discuss these questions.



Respostas pessoais.

a What extreme weather conditions are common where you live? Which ones are rare?

b Which ones have been in the news recently?

c Have you ever experienced any of the weather conditions mentioned in the news extracts in activity 2?

d Which of those extreme weather conditions worry you the most? Why?

Exploring further

Choose an extreme weather event and find out more about it (how it is formed, the areas which are prone to it, how it is monitored etc.). You may ask your Geography teacher for some help. Then share your findings with your classmates.



READING LITERACY

Environmental disasters

Before reading

1 Which of these disasters are caused by human interference in the environment? Which ones have natural causes? Which may be caused by both? Discuss with a partner. a) human; b) both



a

JOÃO PRUDENTE/PULSAR IMAGENS



acid rain

b

FÁBIO COLOMBINI



animal extinction
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c-d) both; e) human; f) both; g) human; h) both





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