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ESL English Lesson: Great Barrier Reef Threatened
David Robinson

It is considered to be one of the seven natural wonders of the world today, yet right now the Great Barrier Reef that lays off the Queensland coast in Australia is under threat. It is decaying. Its condition is worsening, but why?

There are two main reasons – climate change and coal. The biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef is climate change. So far, virtually nothing is being done to avert this issue.

The other big threat that the Great Barrier Reef faces right now is the continual expansion of coal ports along the Queensland coast. In a controversial move earlier this year the Australian government approved a plan to dredge a port at Abbot Point in Queensland. It also allowed the dumping of thousands of tonnes of sediment in the sea.

The article: 1) What is the article about? 2) What do you think about the article? 3) Was this an easy or difficult article to understand? 4) Was this a boring or interesting article? 5) Discuss the article. Article quiz: 1) Name the reef. 2) Name the state and the countries. 3) How big is the reef? 4) How many species of fish and birds are there on the reef? 5) What have scientists said? Roleplay, Discussion, Grammar, etc.

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