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Machu Picchu e outros patrimônios mundiais estão sob ameaça, diz WWF

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The World Health Organisation says there's been a fourfold increase in diabetes in the past four decades. Worldwide nearly one-in-11 adults now has the disease. In one of the largest studies to date, it's been found that poor and middle income countries had seen the steepest rise in cases. That's prompted a warning that diabetes has reached levels that could bankrupt some health systems.

The Great Barrier Reef, the Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru – just two of the world's most precious natural and cultural heritage sites. But they're under threat from industrial activity like never before. That's the warning from the charity WWF – the World Wildlife Fund. It says that half of the 229 world heritage sites could be at risk from developments such as logging, fishing and oil exploration.

The Royal Mail here in the UK has released a historic image of the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George. It's going to be used to make four new postage stamps to mark the Queen's 90th birthday. Prince George is, of course, William's son. Here he is, posing for his very first stamp… The Royal Mail has also produced a further six stamps to mark the birthday.

Transcrição em português

A Organização Mundial da Saúde diz que os casos de diabetes quadruplicaram nas últimas quatro décadas. Ao redor do mundo, um em cada 11 adultos tem a doença. Em um dos maiores estudos já feitos sobre o assunto, descobriu-se que os países de renda baixa e média viram o aumento mais acentuado no número de casos. Isso provocou o alerta de que a diabetes chegou na níveis que podem levar à falência de vários sistemas públicos de saúde.

A Grande Barreira de Corais, a cidade inca de Machu Picchu no Peru - apenas dois dos patrimônios naturais e culturais mais preciosos do mundo. Mas eles estão sob ameaça de atividades industriais como nunca antes. Esse é o alerta da ONG WWF - o Fundo Mundial da Natureza. Ele diz que metade dos 229 locais listados como Patrimônio Mundial estão ameaçados por atividades como desmatamento, pesca e exploração de petróleo.

O serviço de correios britânico, o Royal Mail, divulgou uma imagem histórica da rainha, príncipe Charles, príncipe William e príncipe George. Ela será usada na criação de quatro novos selos para marcar o 90º aniversário da rainha. O príncipe George é o filho de William. Aqui está ele, posando para o seu primeiro selo...O Royal Mail também produziu outros seis selos para marcar o aniversário.

Words, phrases and definitions

precious valuable

released (here) made public

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Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases from Lingohack to complete each of these sentences. Note that you may have to change the form of a word or phrase to complete the sentence correctly.

to date / precious / released

1. Justin Bieber's latest album will be __________ in the next few months. The Canadian singer's fans are very excited!

2. This ring is very __________ to me. It was a present from my late grandmother.

3. The team has won the championship with a three-goal advantage over its opponent. It's its best performance __________.

Answers

1. Justin Bieber's latest album will be released in the next few months. The Canadian singer's fans are very excited!

2. This ring is very precious to me. It was a present from my late grandmother.

3. The team has won the championship with a three-goal advantage over its opponent. It's its best performance to date.