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From the Ted Talk by Kim Stanley Robinson: Remembering climate change ... a message from the year 2071

Unscramble the Blue Letters

It has to be understood that before the 20s, catpial always went to the hiehgst rate of return. That was the law of capital, often literally the law. Restoring damage done to the biosphere, taking cbroan dioxide back out of the atmosphere — these did not yield the highest rate of return, so money went elsewhere, and thus the catastrophe struck home. Strange as it seems now, the funding of diotusectrn might even have continued were it not for a basic change in the galobl political economy, a change oriented by science, organized under the Paris Agreement and then enacted by all the nations on ertah.

Open Cloze

It has to be understood that before the 20s, _______ always went to the _______ rate of return. That was the law of capital, often literally the law. Restoring damage done to the biosphere, taking ______ dioxide back out of the atmosphere — these did not yield the highest rate of return, so money went elsewhere, and thus the catastrophe struck home. Strange as it seems now, the funding of ___________ might even have continued were it not for a basic change in the ______ political economy, a change oriented by science, organized under the Paris Agreement and then enacted by all the nations on _____.

Solution

  1. carbon
  2. destruction
  3. highest
  4. earth
  5. global
  6. capital

Original Text

It has to be understood that before the 20s, capital always went to the highest rate of return. That was the law of capital, often literally the law. Restoring damage done to the biosphere, taking carbon dioxide back out of the atmosphere — these did not yield the highest rate of return, so money went elsewhere, and thus the catastrophe struck home. Strange as it seems now, the funding of destruction might even have continued were it not for a basic change in the global political economy, a change oriented by science, organized under the Paris Agreement and then enacted by all the nations on earth.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
carbon drawdown 4
heat waves 3
good work 3
carbon coins 3
highest rate 2
carbon dioxide 2
central banks 2
carbon standard 2
earned carbon 2
mass extinction 2
extinction event 2
clean energy 2
temperatures cooled 2
sea level 2
level rise 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
earned carbon coins 2
mass extinction event 2
sea level rise 2

Important Words

  1. agreement
  2. atmosphere
  3. basic
  4. biosphere
  5. capital
  6. carbon
  7. catastrophe
  8. change
  9. continued
  10. damage
  11. destruction
  12. dioxide
  13. earth
  14. economy
  15. enacted
  16. funding
  17. global
  18. highest
  19. home
  20. law
  21. literally
  22. money
  23. nations
  24. organized
  25. oriented
  26. paris
  27. political
  28. rate
  29. restoring
  30. return
  31. science
  32. strange
  33. struck
  34. understood
  35. yield