新世纪英专本科生系列(修订版):听力教程(第三版)第1册 Unit 08 Saving the Arctic's Polar Bear

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Scientists say the world has only 20,000 polar bears.

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A movie called “To the Arctic” is part of an effort

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to save the animals and their home.

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“Feasting on rich seal meat has made

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these the largest bears in the world.

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But now the Arctic is warming, and the sea ice is melting away.”

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The film follows a polar bear mother and her two cubs.

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“This is a cold stark world,

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but to polar bear mothers and cubs, it’s paradise.”

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Nature photographer Florian Schulz made a book about the Arctic.

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“The polar bears won’t be able to survive without the ice,

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and, right now, scientists are predicting
that by 2040 or 2050,somewhere in between then,

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the sea ice in the summer will completely go away.”

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The movie producers had difficulty working

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in below zero temperatures,

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and with animals afraid of humans.

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“Next year we are coming back with stronger cases.”

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The movie and book are part of a larger project

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to protect polar bears and the Arctic,

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says Suzanne Apple of the World Wildlife Fund.

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“This area that, that we are focused on called
the last ice area in northern Canada,

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Greenland and Denmark is the,

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our research shows this is
the ice that will persist the longest,

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so we are hoping to protect and preserve that.”

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  • 来源:外教社 2017-08-04