【1】The Earths population will be forecd to leave home for two other planets within fifty years if natural resources continue to be used at the current rate,a report stated this week.Astudy by the World Wildwife Fund (WWF),to be released on Tuesday,warns that the humanrace is using up the planet at a pace that outstrips its capacity to support life.
Taking a slap at Western societys high consumption levels,it adds that the extra planets (the equivalent size of Earth)will be required by the 2050 as existing resources are exhausted.The report,based on scientific date from across the world,shows that more than a third of the natural world has been destoyed by humans over the past three decades alone.
Experts say that seas will become emptied of fish while forests,which absorb carbon dioxide,are on their way to becoming completely destroyed.Freshwater supplies are either scarce or polluted.The study also reveals a sharp fall in the planets ecosystems between 1970 and 2002 with the Earths forests shrinking by about 12 percent,the oceans biodversity ba a third,and freshwater ecosystems inthe region of 55 percent.
(1)What has happened over the last three decades?
A. Air quality has improved.
B. Two planets have been targeted that would support human life.
C. Over a third of natural resources have been destoyed.
D. Scientsts have argued over the validity of environmental reports.
(2)What group does the report specifically criticize?
A. Consumers in developing countries
B. Western consumers
C. The World Wildlife Fund
D. The Earths population
(3)What does the report state will be required by 2050?
A. Two more planets for humans to live on
B. Stronger laws to protect fish
C. MOre money for the WWF
D. A ban on all deforestation
【2】In a study performed by the Harvard Bussiness School and University od North Carolina, two groups of researchers have tried to answer the question of wherther music sharing on the Internet has actually prover detrimental to CD sales or not.Researchers found that the average user doing music sharing on the net logged in only twice during the period of the study,downloading about 17 songs.Some people overshot that average,however.One user apparently logged in 71 times,downloading more than 5,000 songs.
Two professors narrowed their sample base by choosing a random sample of 500 albums from the sales charts of various music ganres and then compared the sales of these albums to the number of associated downloads.
Even in the most pessimistic version of their model,they found that it world take about 5,000 downloads to displace sales of just onephysical CD.Despite the huge scale of downloading worldwide,that world be only a tiny contribution to the overall slide in album salesover the past several years, they said.
Furthmore,their data seemes to show that downloads could even have a slightly positive effect on the sales of the top albums,the researchers said.The study is unlikely to be the last word on the issue.Previous studies have been released showing that file sharing had both posttive and nagative effects on music sales.The Recording Industry Associstion of America was quick to dismiss the results as inconsistent with earlier findings.
(1)What was the Recording Industrys reaction to the report?
A. They were overjoyed.
B. They were relieved.
C. They were unconvinced.
D. They were cautiously hopeful
(2)What did the researchers data show?
A. The data showed that CD sales greatly increased.
B. The data proved the Recording Industrys complaints.
C. The data demonstrated that music sharing is a temporary trend.
D. The data showed that music sharing may slightly help CD sales
(3)How many times did the average user log in during the study period?
A. Over 71 times
B. At least ten times
C. Two times
D. Over five times
Last week I went to the theatre. I had a very a good seat.The play was very interesting. I did not enjoy it. A young man and a young woman were sitting behind me. They were talking loudly. I got very angry. I cound not hear the actors. I turned round. I looked at the man and the woman angrily. They did not pay any attention. In the end, I cound not bear it. I turned round again. I cant hear a word! I said angrily. s none of your business, the young man said rudely, this ia a private conversation!
It was Sunday. I never get up early on Sundays. I sometimes stay in bed until lunchtime. Last Sunday I got up very late. I looked out of the window. It was dark outside. What a day! I thought. s raining again. Just then, the telephone rang. It was my aunt Lucy. ve just arrived by train, she said. m coming to see you.But Im still having breakfast, I said. What are you doing? she asked. m having breakfast,I repeated.Dear me, she said. Do you always get up so late? Its one oclock!