Feb 24, 2022
Listening comprehension article
A (ticking) time bomb - a person, thing, or situation that can at any moment cause much havoc or result in a disastrous outcome. Under scrutiny - being carefully examined especially in a critical way. Shift the dial –idiom to cause something to change in a way that can be seen or heard. World Water-Tech Innovation Summit Make appeal to - to ask for something, usually in an urgent or pleading manner. To embody - to give a concrete form to; express, personify, or exemplify in concrete form
To embody - to give a concrete form to; express, personify, or exemplify in concrete form. To tackle a problem or task - to deal with it in a very determined or efficient way. Bonuses reined in - bonuses limited or controlled.
The water crisis is a health crisis. Nearly 1 million people die each year from water, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases which could be reduced with access to safe water or sanitation.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2021 report confirmed that global warming intensifies and accelerates the water cycle. Climate change will not only continue to fuel ruinous rainfall and flooding, but will also cause more frequent and extreme droughts in many areas. This means reduced access to drinking water in a region (Africa) in which one in every three people already face water scarcity daily. It also means more hunger, malnutrition and even famine.
Water is the source of life—and it’s becoming increasingly scarce. By 2030, the gap between global demand and supplies of fresh water is expected to reach 40%. The climate crisis, population growth and the transition to clean energy may increase that deficit further.