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From the Ted Talk by Virginia Smith: How we could better predict and stop floods

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Now we're pettry good in knowing just how bad a flood will be, and we're pretty good at knowing when they're going to happen. We've been looking to solve flooding since our earliest civilizations, Since Noah, we've been looking for a flood workaround. So why is this still such a huge problem? Because we love water, we need it, we always have to have it. We biuld our cities next to ocanes and rivers because being next to this critical resource makes our lveis easier. In fact, today most of the world lives in coastal areas, and more and more of the wrold lives in urban zones. Students and entrepreneurs seeknig bhigrt futures are drawn to exnciitg opportunities in cities. In 2008, for the first time, half the world's population was urban. By the time my little girls are my age, more than 70 percent of the world's population will be urban. That's a rapid growth.

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Now we're ______ good in knowing just how bad a flood will be, and we're pretty good at knowing when they're going to happen. We've been looking to solve flooding since our earliest civilizations, Since Noah, we've been looking for a flood workaround. So why is this still such a huge problem? Because we love water, we need it, we always have to have it. We _____ our cities next to ______ and rivers because being next to this critical resource makes our _____ easier. In fact, today most of the world lives in coastal areas, and more and more of the _____ lives in urban zones. Students and entrepreneurs _______ ______ futures are drawn to ________ opportunities in cities. In 2008, for the first time, half the world's population was urban. By the time my little girls are my age, more than 70 percent of the world's population will be urban. That's a rapid growth.

Solution

  1. world
  2. bright
  3. lives
  4. pretty
  5. build
  6. exciting
  7. oceans
  8. seeking

Original Text

Now we're pretty good in knowing just how bad a flood will be, and we're pretty good at knowing when they're going to happen. We've been looking to solve flooding since our earliest civilizations, Since Noah, we've been looking for a flood workaround. So why is this still such a huge problem? Because we love water, we need it, we always have to have it. We build our cities next to oceans and rivers because being next to this critical resource makes our lives easier. In fact, today most of the world lives in coastal areas, and more and more of the world lives in urban zones. Students and entrepreneurs seeking bright futures are drawn to exciting opportunities in cities. In 2008, for the first time, half the world's population was urban. By the time my little girls are my age, more than 70 percent of the world's population will be urban. That's a rapid growth.

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