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Chinese white dolphins could disappear forever

2020.06.24
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Green group calls for a conservation area in HK

EARLIER in June, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF, 世界自然基金會) released a report about the Chinese white dolphins inHong Kong. It said there are only about 2,000 of them left in the Pearl River Delta (珠江三角洲).

WWF said the number of dolphins in local waters has dropped by 80 percent since 2005, and now is the last chance to savethem. WWF added that the dolphin population could die out because they cannot breed fast enough to replace those that died.

WWF pointed out that the dolphins face many dangers, suchas construction work at sea. This not only takes away the dolphins’ habitat, it also makes a lot of noise, which affects thedolphins greatly. WWF urged the government to set up buffer areas against human development, eg, a conservation area around Lantau Island.

 

Dutch teacher crafts dolls representing her students

THE Netherlands (荷蘭), like many other countries, temporarily closed down its schools due to Covid-19. One primary school teacher there missed her students so much that she made knitted dolls representing them.

Ingeborg Meinster-Van der Duin’s school closed in March. So Ingeborg went on a social media site, Pinterest, to learn how to create knitted dolls.

She then made ones based on her 23 students, according to the colours and styles of their hair and clothes. The dolls are all 10cm tall and each took Ingeborg three to four hours to make, meaning the 23 dolls took her at least 69 hours to craft in total.

When school resumed, Ingeborg gave each student their corresponding doll, and they all love their tiny replicas.

(This article is published on Goodies on 24 Jun 2020)

 


1. breed (v)
    繁殖

2. habitat (n)
    棲息地

3. construction (n)
    建築

4. buffer (n)
    緩衝

5. temporarily (adv)
    暫時地

6. craft (v)
    精巧地製作

7. represent (v)
    代表

8. replica (n)
    複製品





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  1. Which animal is the WWF report about?
    Giant pandas
    Chinese white dolphins
    Blue whales

  2. How much have dolphin numbers dropped since 2005?
    25 percent
    50 percent
    80 percent

  3. What is WWF urging the government to do?
    Set up buffer zones
    Send the dolphins to Yellow River
    Cancel all construction projects

  4. What did the teacher do about her students?
    Yelled at them
    Ignored them
    Created dolls of them

  5. Which website did Ingeborg use to learn knitting?
    Pinterest
    Facebook
    Amazon

  6. How did the students feel about the dolls?
    They hated the dolls
    They loved the dolls
    They found the dolls cheesy

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