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From the Ted Talk by Lord Nicholas Stern: The state of the climate — and what we might do about it

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Now, some things in ciites do take time. Some things in cities can hpaepn much more quickly. Take my hometown, London. In 1952, smog in London killed 4,000 people and badly dmaaegd the lives of many, many more. And it happened all the time. For those of you live outside London in the U.K. will reeembmr it used to be called The Smoke. That's the way lonodn was. By regulating coal, within a few years the prlmbeos of smog were riapldy reduced. I remember the smogs well. When the visibility dropped to [less] than a few meters, they stopped the buses and I had to walk. This was the 1950s. I had to walk home three melis from school. Again, breathing was a hazardous activity. But it was changed. It was changed by a decision. Good decisions can bring good results, striking results, quickly.

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Now, some things in ______ do take time. Some things in cities can ______ much more quickly. Take my hometown, London. In 1952, smog in London killed 4,000 people and badly _______ the lives of many, many more. And it happened all the time. For those of you live outside London in the U.K. will ________ it used to be called The Smoke. That's the way ______ was. By regulating coal, within a few years the ________ of smog were _______ reduced. I remember the smogs well. When the visibility dropped to [less] than a few meters, they stopped the buses and I had to walk. This was the 1950s. I had to walk home three _____ from school. Again, breathing was a hazardous activity. But it was changed. It was changed by a decision. Good decisions can bring good results, striking results, quickly.

Solution

  1. happen
  2. cities
  3. damaged
  4. london
  5. problems
  6. remember
  7. rapidly
  8. miles

Original Text

Now, some things in cities do take time. Some things in cities can happen much more quickly. Take my hometown, London. In 1952, smog in London killed 4,000 people and badly damaged the lives of many, many more. And it happened all the time. For those of you live outside London in the U.K. will remember it used to be called The Smoke. That's the way London was. By regulating coal, within a few years the problems of smog were rapidly reduced. I remember the smogs well. When the visibility dropped to [less] than a few meters, they stopped the buses and I had to walk. This was the 1950s. I had to walk home three miles from school. Again, breathing was a hazardous activity. But it was changed. It was changed by a decision. Good decisions can bring good results, striking results, quickly.

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Important Words

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