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From the Ted Talk by Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah: The tragedy of air pollution -- and an urgent demand for clean air

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Ella's story is uinuqe, I admit, but her experience is sncokihgly ordinary. In too many countries around the wlrod, air pollution exceeds what the WHO tells us is acceptable to breathe. fsoisl fuels, everyone, they're killing us. Almost one in five premature deaths are lnkied to air pollution from combustion engines, coal power plants, wood burning, ammonia, cooking stoves and other fossil fuels. That is 8.7 mililon people a year dying from haert attacks, cncaer, sokters, dmneetia, suicide, depression, stillbirths and miscarriages. And that's just the start. Children are the worst affected due to their lungs still developing. Air pollution stutns the development of lungs and brains. Scientists, believe it, are finding soot in mothers placentas, meaning unborn babies are directly exposed to the black carbon produced by motor traffic and fuel burning.

Open Cloze

Ella's story is ______, I admit, but her experience is __________ ordinary. In too many countries around the _____, air pollution exceeds what the WHO tells us is acceptable to breathe. ______ fuels, everyone, they're killing us. Almost one in five premature deaths are ______ to air pollution from combustion engines, coal power plants, wood burning, ammonia, cooking stoves and other fossil fuels. That is 8.7 _______ people a year dying from _____ attacks, ______, _______, ________, suicide, depression, stillbirths and miscarriages. And that's just the start. Children are the worst affected due to their lungs still developing. Air pollution ______ the development of lungs and brains. Scientists, believe it, are finding soot in mothers placentas, meaning unborn babies are directly exposed to the black carbon produced by motor traffic and fuel burning.

Solution

  1. strokes
  2. unique
  3. linked
  4. stunts
  5. million
  6. cancer
  7. dementia
  8. world
  9. shockingly
  10. heart
  11. fossil

Original Text

Ella's story is unique, I admit, but her experience is shockingly ordinary. In too many countries around the world, air pollution exceeds what the WHO tells us is acceptable to breathe. Fossil fuels, everyone, they're killing us. Almost one in five premature deaths are linked to air pollution from combustion engines, coal power plants, wood burning, ammonia, cooking stoves and other fossil fuels. That is 8.7 million people a year dying from heart attacks, cancer, strokes, dementia, suicide, depression, stillbirths and miscarriages. And that's just the start. Children are the worst affected due to their lungs still developing. Air pollution stunts the development of lungs and brains. Scientists, believe it, are finding soot in mothers placentas, meaning unborn babies are directly exposed to the black carbon produced by motor traffic and fuel burning.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
air pollution 9
clean air 3
fossil fuels 2
million people 2
climate change 2

Important Words

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  31. fossil
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  34. heart
  35. killing
  36. linked
  37. lungs
  38. meaning
  39. million
  40. miscarriages
  41. mothers
  42. motor
  43. ordinary
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  45. placentas
  46. plants
  47. pollution
  48. power
  49. premature
  50. produced
  51. scientists
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  55. stillbirths
  56. story
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  58. strokes
  59. stunts
  60. suicide
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  63. unborn
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  68. year