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Saving Blood, Saving Lives

This month, National Geographic Channel presents a special variety of programs inspired by Earth Day. One of these programs, Human Footprint, looks at environmental issues from a fascinating perspective. Instead of focusing on the planet as a whole, it goes all the way down to the level of a single person.

Imagine that you could see in front of you all the milk you will drink in your entire life. Well, you'd be facing a whopping 15,951 pints of milk. That's a pretty serious job for a bunch of cows. And what if you could look at the amount of water you will have used by taking 7,163 baths, the average for a person over a lifetime? It would be almost one million liters of water. Now how about seeing all the medicine you will take in your life, all in one place? With about 30,000 pills, you could probably fill a pretty big medicine cabinet. Or maybe you'd like to stroll through a small forest made up of the 24 trees that will produce all the books and newspapers you'll ever read.

We've all heard facts and figures about how much energy a country uses, how much pollution a city will produce, and so on. But Human Footprint actually shows an individual's impact on the world in ways that will make you think about the way you live. The sight of the 74,802 cups of tea that an average person will drink is sure to make an impression. The program also looks at other interesting subjects aside from the environment. Did you know that the average total time spent watching television over a lifetime is 2,944 days—or 8 full years? While watching television or doing other things, you will blink your eyes about 415 million times. And you will experience about 104,390 dreams if you live up to 78.5 years old. Tune in to Human Footprint on NGC to find out more!

     
  1.

What is different about Human Footprint?

       
    (A) It mostly talks about lots of food and drink.
    (B) It says that cities do not actually create much pollution.
    (C)

It is concerned with the impact of one person rather than big groups.

    (D) It is all about a person who drinks and eats a lot.
       
  2. What is closest in meaning to the phrase focusing on the planet as a whole in the first paragraph?
       
    (A) Showing the whole planet in pictures or on TV.
    (B) Being very worried about the planet.
    (C)

Being on the subject of the whole planet.

    (D) Trying hard to protect the planet.
       
  3. One million liters of water is _____.
       
    (A)

about the amount one person will use for baths in his/her entire life

    (B) the highest amount anyone will ever use for a bath
    (C) much more than it takes for 7,163 baths
    (D) the amount you use for baths, drinking, and brushing teeth
       
  4. According to the article, what effect might this program have on you if you watch it?
       
    (A) You will not want to look at pictures of so much garbage and waste again.
    (B) You will find out how much money you are spending on all the food you eat.
    (C) You will read less books and newspapers, and you will also stop drinking milk.
    (D)

You might think more about the things you do, and not just about the whole city or country.

       
      whopping   enormous, exceptionally large
           
           
           
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  Answers : 1) C    2) C    3) A    4) D
 
 
 
 
 

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