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Pesticide killing more than pests Vital insects could be extinct soon 2019.02.25
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A SCIENTIFIC report says that because of pesticides and urbanisation, over 40 percent of insects may become extinct within decades.
Researchers from two Australian (澳洲的) universities and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (中國農業科學院) together wrote a report on bugs. About one third of all insects are endangered and their numbers are dropping by 2.5 percent per year.
The researchers think that the bugs are disappearing because we have taken over the land they use so we can grow crops and build cities. Pesticides on plants also kill insects. Eighty percent of plants need insects to spread pollen and 60 percent of birds depend on bugs as food.

(This article is published on Goodies on 25 February 2019)


1. scientific (adj)
    科學的

2. pesticide (n)
    殺蟲劑

3. urbanisation (n)
    城市化

4. extinct (adj)
    絕種

5. researcher (n)
    研究人員

6. endangered (adj)
    瀕臨絕種的

7. disappear (v)
    消失

8. pollen (n)
    花粉





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  1. 1. How many insects could be gone within decades?
    A. Under 40 percent
    B. 40 percent
    C. Over 40 percent

  2. 2. Where are the researchers from?
    A. Australia and China
    B. Australia and the US
    C. China and the US

  3. 3. How many plants need bugs to spread pollen?
    A. 60 percent
    B. 80 percent
    C. 100 percent

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