6/9/2005:

Intermediate Word:  entourage (a) travel itinerary  (b) train of attendants  (c) luggage  (d) public relations tour
Difficult Word:
  repoussť - (a) a type of mousse  (b) enciente  (c) in raised relief  (d) devil-may-care

Going green: Can we really cut our carbon emissions and save the planet?  - BBC  Is it really possible to cut your carbon emissions enough to save the planet? As part of the BBC's Climate Chaos week, The Money Programme conducted a unique experiment. It asked the Hutchinson family from Teesdale - the area in the UK with the highest carbon emissions per household - to try and cut back their energy use. But it was a tough task. The Hutchinsons use a lot of energy. Dad Dave runs a garage and likes to drive rally cars for fun. Mum, Teresa, is a school nurse who drives everywhere. She also has a fondness for big hot baths.  
Chris Huhne: A radical shift in policy is needed if we are to tackle climate change  - BBC  A significant change in behaviour is required if we are to cut our carbon emissions and ensure we reach the target of a 60% reduction by 2050. Emissions from road transport and aviation are growing at an unsustainable rate and it is essential that we tackle the gross inefficiency of electricity generation. The Liberal Democrats would combine cuts in personal taxation with increases in Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) so that gas-guzzling vehicles would pay significantly more than smaller vehicles with low emissions.    

Pangea supercontinent (BBC)

Big crater seen beneath ice sheet  - BBC  What appears to be a 480km-wide (300 miles) crater has been detected under the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. The scientists behind the discovery say it could have been made by a massive meteorite strike 250 million years ago. "This Wilkes Land impact is much bigger than the impact that killed the dinosaurs," said Prof Ralph von Frese, from Ohio State University, in the US.  If the crater really was formed at the time von Frese and colleagues believe, it will raise interest as a possible cause of the "great dying" - the biggest of all the Earth's mass extinctions when 95% of all marine life and 70% of all land species disappeared. Some scientists have long suspected that the extinction at the boundary of the Permian and Triassic (PT) Periods could have occurred quite abruptly.




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