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Blue Sky

Today’s blog about the weather is for intermediate English students. Brazil is in the spring season now, whereas Europe is in autumn (fall) when it gets colder and the leaves drop.

The weather is usually pleasant during spring time, blue skies and a few scattered clouds. Sometimes, the sky is overcast, and on occasion it rains. Spring time is when plants, trees and flowers blossom, the time that will form seeds or fruit.

As a verb, blossom means to produce flowers. Your favorite time of year may be spring, when all the trees blossom and the air is perfumed with their scent. The verb blossom also means to begin to flourish and develop. If you are a teenager, you might be waiting to blossom and feel confident in your personality and grow into your lanky limbs.

Nature is always changing. We are part of this phenomenon. As nature is closely linked to us, we have to take care of it. Global warming is another area everyone should be aware of by contributing to taking care of our planet.

The current COP27 is underway right now. Encouragements are President Biden has reactivated the USA’s participation, China has committed to planting seventy billion trees, and Brazil’s new president, Lula will be attending.

The COP27 is a further opportunity for the world to come together and demonstrate the strength to take on the climate challenge through concerted, collaborative and impactful action.

Take care!

Prof. Carl Boniface

Answer the following questions with the best option:

1) What are we part of?

  1. Global warming

  2. The weather

  3. Nature

2) How should we treat the planet?

  1. We have to water the flowers.

  2. We have to take care of it.

  3. We should pollute the air.

Vocabulary builder:

Whereas (conj.) while, however, although, though, but

Skies (n) is the plural of sky. The sky is a very large amount of space. When talking about the great extent of the sky, it is appropriate to use the plural version of sky, which is skies.

Scattered (adj) = dispersed, distributed, spread

Flourish (n) = grow, succeed, increase, blossom, thrive

Lanky (adj) = tall and thin, leggy, long-legged, long-limbed

Limbs (n) = an arm or leg of a person or four-legged animal, or a bird's wing, a large branch of a tree.

Phenomenon (n) = experience, happening, incident, event, trend

Underway (adj) = happening, ongoing, proceeding, started

Encouragements (n) = reassurance, inspirations, helps, supports

Committed (adj) = dedicated, devoted, faithful, loyal, obligated

Concerted (adj) = intensive, rigorous, strenuous, concentrated

Reactivated (v) = restore (something) to a state of activity; bring back into action.

COP = stands for Conference of the Parties, and the summit is attended by the countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a treaty that came into force in 1994. This was the 27th COP summit and is being hosted in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

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