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Projeto quer trazer lince de volta à natureza britânica

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Elusive, shy and an excellent predator… but the lynx was hunted to extinction in Britain over 1,000 years ago.

Now, a conservation group plans to reintroduce the species to the wild. They say they aren’t dangerous to humans, and claim that with an overpopulation of deer, the lynx will help rebalance the ecosystem.

But first, they’ll have to convince farmers who think the animal would pose a threat to livestock.

Transcrição em português:

Esquivo, tímido e um predador excelente… mas o lince foi caçado à extinção na Grã-Bretanha por mais de 1.000 anos.

Agora, um grupo conservacionista planeja reintroduzir a espécie na natureza. Eles garantem que os linces não representam perigo para os seres humanos, e argumentam que os linces podem colaborar para manter a crescente população de cervos sob controle, restaurando o equilíbrio do ecossistema.

Mas antes disso, eles terão que convencer os fazendeiros que acreditam que os animais representam uma ameaça aos seus rebanhos.

Vocabulary:

elusive - difficult to find

predator - animal that hunts and eats other animals

ecosystem - all plants and animals in an area

pose a threat - could cause harm

farm animals - farm animals

Exercise:

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

elusive / predator / ecosystem / pose a threat / livestock

1. Lions are among the fiercest modern _________.

2. Prof Stephen Hawking, one of Britain's pre-eminent scientists, has said that efforts to create thinking machines __________ to our very existence.

3. A new study suggests that the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of _________.

4. The huts, and the luxury items inside, belong to Dairo Antonio Usuga David, better known as Otoniel, one of the most wanted men in Colombia.

Currently some 1,200 members of the security forces are chasing the _________ gang leader.

5. The Sundarbans mangrove forests along the coastline of India and Bangladesh – a delicately balanced _________ that protects the densely populated Bay of Bengal from the worst extremes of nature – is home to the endangered royal Bengal tiger.

Answers:

1. Lions are among the fiercest modern predators.

Source: What was Earth's first predator and when did it live?

http://bbc.in/1yPhYXH

2. Prof Stephen Hawking, one of Britain's pre-eminent scientists, has said that efforts to create thinking machines pose a threat to our very existence.

Source: Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could end mankind

http://bbc.in/12kG7IT

3. A new study suggests that the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.

Source: Beef environment cost 10 times that of other livestock

http://bbc.in/WuGGgV

4. The huts, and the luxury items inside, belong to Dairo Antonio Usuga David, better known as Otoniel, one of the most wanted men in Colombia.

Currently some 1,200 members of the security forces are chasing the elusive gang leader.

Source: Colombia's hunt for elusive drug lord Otoniel

http://bbc.in/1b9rTim

5. The Sundarbans mangrove forests along the coastline of India and Bangladesh – a delicately balanced ecosystem that protects the densely populated Bay of Bengal from the worst extremes of nature – is home to the endangered royal Bengal tiger.

Source: Tigers, fisherman and the forest

http://bbc.in/1GbOpVY