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From the Ted Talk by Cameron Webb: How to design mosquitoes out of cities

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So what about our backyards? We all want to keep our bdykaracs healthy, we want to have a great opportunity for our plants and our pets and the local wildlife. One effective way to do that is inlintaslg a rainwater tank. Problem is, rainwater tanks can be a great source for very serious mosquitoes. You all in this room have probably been bitten by the Australian backyard mosquito. Its scientific name is adees notoscriptus. It is the most widespread mosquito in Australia; almost everybody has opportunities for this msitqouo in their bcyaakrd. Whether it's a birdbath, a pot plant sceuar, even the smallest vlemous of water trapped in a water-holding container will be a place this mosquito can lay its eggs. It's a nuisance biting pest, but it's not a serious threat to our health. But there's a problem here, because these same habitats where this mosquito is found could also be the home of a mosquito that's associated with the tiassoinmrsn of much more serious pathogens, pathogens that can cause outbreaks of disease such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika. These mosquitoes are the Asian tiger mosquito or the yellow fever mosquito. These two mosquitoes are not found in Sydney at the moment, but worldwide, they cituntobre to major outbreaks of mosquito-borne dssaeie. They don't bered in wadntles, they love these water-holding containers in our backyards. And as we do a better job of creating these opportunities like rainwater tanks in our backyards, maybe we're creating an oiturtponpy for these mosquitoes to move in.

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So what about our backyards? We all want to keep our _________ healthy, we want to have a great opportunity for our plants and our pets and the local wildlife. One effective way to do that is __________ a rainwater tank. Problem is, rainwater tanks can be a great source for very serious mosquitoes. You all in this room have probably been bitten by the Australian backyard mosquito. Its scientific name is _____ notoscriptus. It is the most widespread mosquito in Australia; almost everybody has opportunities for this ________ in their ________. Whether it's a birdbath, a pot plant ______, even the smallest _______ of water trapped in a water-holding container will be a place this mosquito can lay its eggs. It's a nuisance biting pest, but it's not a serious threat to our health. But there's a problem here, because these same habitats where this mosquito is found could also be the home of a mosquito that's associated with the ____________ of much more serious pathogens, pathogens that can cause outbreaks of disease such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika. These mosquitoes are the Asian tiger mosquito or the yellow fever mosquito. These two mosquitoes are not found in Sydney at the moment, but worldwide, they __________ to major outbreaks of mosquito-borne _______. They don't _____ in ________, they love these water-holding containers in our backyards. And as we do a better job of creating these opportunities like rainwater tanks in our backyards, maybe we're creating an ___________ for these mosquitoes to move in.

Solution

  1. wetlands
  2. breed
  3. disease
  4. opportunity
  5. contribute
  6. volumes
  7. backyard
  8. aedes
  9. saucer
  10. installing
  11. transmission
  12. backyards
  13. mosquito

Original Text

So what about our backyards? We all want to keep our backyards healthy, we want to have a great opportunity for our plants and our pets and the local wildlife. One effective way to do that is installing a rainwater tank. Problem is, rainwater tanks can be a great source for very serious mosquitoes. You all in this room have probably been bitten by the Australian backyard mosquito. Its scientific name is Aedes notoscriptus. It is the most widespread mosquito in Australia; almost everybody has opportunities for this mosquito in their backyard. Whether it's a birdbath, a pot plant saucer, even the smallest volumes of water trapped in a water-holding container will be a place this mosquito can lay its eggs. It's a nuisance biting pest, but it's not a serious threat to our health. But there's a problem here, because these same habitats where this mosquito is found could also be the home of a mosquito that's associated with the transmission of much more serious pathogens, pathogens that can cause outbreaks of disease such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika. These mosquitoes are the Asian tiger mosquito or the yellow fever mosquito. These two mosquitoes are not found in Sydney at the moment, but worldwide, they contribute to major outbreaks of mosquito-borne disease. They don't breed in wetlands, they love these water-holding containers in our backyards. And as we do a better job of creating these opportunities like rainwater tanks in our backyards, maybe we're creating an opportunity for these mosquitoes to move in.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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mosquito bites 3
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creating opportunities 2
pot plant 2
green city 2
mosquitoes love 2
mosquito populations 2
yellow fever 2

Important Words

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  34. move
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  36. nuisance
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  51. scientific
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  60. trapped
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  67. yellow
  68. zika