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23. UK Bans New Fossil Fuel Vehicles… by 2030 (English Vocabulary Lesson)

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23. UK Bans New Fossil Fuel Vehicles… by 2030 (English Vocabulary Lesson)

19 November 2020

On today’s episode we will look at the recent announcement that the UK will ban all new fossil fuel powered vehicles by 2030! As part of the UK’s “green industrial revolution”, people will be encouraged to move to electric cars instead of petrol or diesel powered ones. What else is part of the “green new deal”?  Does it go far enough? We’ll look at these questions and more in this episode of Thinking in English! Transcript!! - Contact Us!!! INSTAGRAM - thinkinginenglishpodcast ( Twitter - @thinkenglishpod Blog - Gmail - Vocabulary List fossil fuel (n) - fuels, such as gas, coal, and oil, that were formed underground from plant and animal remains millions of years ago Many governments around the world are trying to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources hybrid (n) - something that is a mixture of two very different things. So, a hybrid vehicle is a vehicle with an engine that used both petrol and another type of energy, usually electricity Most car manufactures now offer hybrids pole position (n) - the leading or best possible position The supermarket chain is aiming to gain pole position in chosen markets famine (n) - a situation in which there is not enough food for a great number of people, causing illness and death Another crop failure could result in widespread famine Drought (n) - a long period when there is little or no rain This year a severe drought has ruined the crops Emissions (n) - an amount of a substance that is produced and sent out into the air that is harmful to the environment, especially carbon dioxide There are many health risks caused by vehicle emissions Greenhouse gas (n) - one of several gases, especially carbon dioxide, that prevent heat from the earth escaping into space, causing the greenhouse effect We need a global system for limiting greenhouse gas emissions Subsidy (n) - money given as part of the cost of something, to help or encourage it to happen The company received a substantial government subsidy offshore (adj) - away from or at a distance from the coast The wind was blowing offshore pressing (adj) - urgent or needing to be dealt with immediately The most pressing question is what do we do next? Shadow (adj) - used in the title of important politicians in the main opposition party (= the party not in government): Shadow Foreign Secretary or Shadow Chancellor Comprehension Questions Q. Which country will ban fossil fuel cars 5 years before the UK? A. Norway Q. Road vehicles produce how much of the EU’s carbon dioxide emissions? A. Around 30% Q. Who is the UK’s shadow business secretary? A. Ed Miliband


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