Class Notes U06

1. 特徵[C]:  feature; characteristic; property

3. 汙染 cf.  pollute; contaminate

9. cf. discharge; release

11. 化石燃料: fossil fuel

      汽油: gas [US]; gasoline; petrol [UK]

15. 嚴寒的:  a severe/ harsh winter
      嚴重的:  severe/ serious injuries
      嚴厲的:  be severe/ harsh on sb

16. fertile ←→ infertile; barren
      a fertile/ rich imagination

19. cf. expand; extend

 - Management agreed to extend the deadline.
 - The computer industry has expanded greatly over the last decade.
 - The woods extend for miles to the west.
 - The hotel wants to expand its business by adding a swimming pool.

  人口膨脹:  population expansion
 人口爆炸:  population explosion

 擴充字彙量:  expand/ enlarge/ build one’s vocabulary

Idioms and Phrases

1. at risk of sth = in danger of sth


4  ...the very last... 

 "very" 為強調字的用法
 (1) the very first/ second/ last/ best/ worst/ same...  
 - The twins got married on the very same day.

 (2) the very + N  強調精確 “就是”
 - This is the very book that I've been looking for all month.

9  ..., polar bears are at risk of extinction 
= ...are in danger of extinction
= ...are on the brink of extinction
= ...are becoming extinct
= ...are dying out

13  Because of (= Due to; Owing to; On account of global warming,...

16.  ...population is falling(= decreasing; on the decrease

18  So fast are they dying that...= They are dying so fast (that)...

20  Actually (= In (actual) fact; Indeed; as a matter of fact), ...

21  Compared to other natural disasters...(= Compared with; In comparison to/u: with) ...

23 a rather gradual pace

 cf.  very; fairly; rather
 - The doll is very/ fairly pretty.
 - The doll is very/ rather ugly.

23  Slow as it is,...= As slow as it is; Slow though it is; 
      Although/ Though it is slow

24  deadly adj. = fatal

25 the burning of fuels. = burning fuels.

    - Building this palace took 15 years.
 → The building of this palace took 15 years.

27  ...keeps it from... = ...prevents it from...

27  As the planet warms up,...= With the planet warming up,...

29 melt, resulting in... = melt, which resulted in...

30  costal areas 沿海地區

      low-lying areas 低窪地區:

39  ...humans = human beings; mankind [U]; humankind [U]; (man [U])

41  ..., it is said that they will kill and eat... 
    = ..., they are said to kill and eat...

44  ...both people and governments... 
   = ...people and governments alike...

45  ...seize every opportunity...
   =  take/ grab/ grasp every opportunity...

46  ..., or food shortages...

    否則 cf. or (conj.); otherwise (adv.)

49  ...our turn to...  

 輪到...(人) 去做... 
 It is one’s turn to V

- It’s your turn to do the dishes.