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IELTS Listening Part 2: the environment

Part 2: IELTS Listening Test – Environment

Instructions to Candidates:

  • In this section, you will listen to a recording of a speaker discussing environmental issues.
  • You will hear the recording only once.
  • While listening, you should answer the questions provided.
  • Write your answers on the question paper provided.
  • Each answer can be up to 3 words long


  1. What is the primary threat to biodiversity mentioned in the recording? __________
  2. Why are trees important? __________ and ____________
  3. What is the main reason for deforestation according to the speaker? ___________
  4. What is the consequence of plastic pollution on the oceans? _______ and ________
  5. What type of plastics are particularly harmful to the environment? _______ and _______
  6. What does the speaker suggest as a solution to the depletion of natural resources?
    Prioritising ____________ and adopting _______________
  7. What is causing extreme weather events according to the recording? ______________
  8. What is emphasized as essential for addressing environmental challenges? _________ and ________________
Answers and Transcript

Recording Transcript:

Speaker: Good morning, everyone. Today, I want to discuss an increasingly pressing concern: the environment. With the rapid pace of industrialization and urbanization, our planet is facing unprecedented challenges. Let’s delve into some of these issues.

Firstly, the alarming rate of deforestation continues to threaten biodiversity. Trees are not only vital for absorbing carbon dioxide but also serve as habitats for countless species. Unfortunately, many areas are being cleared for agricultural purposes, leading to devastating consequences.

Secondly, the issue of plastic pollution has reached critical levels. Every year, millions of tons of plastic waste end up in our oceans, harming marine life and ecosystems. From single-use plastics to microplastics, the impact is profound and far-reaching.

Furthermore, the depletion of natural resources poses a significant threat to sustainability. Whether it’s freshwater reserves or fossil fuels, our consumption patterns are unsustainable in the long term. We must prioritize renewable energy sources and adopt more efficient practices to safeguard our planet’s resources for future generations.

Additionally, climate change remains a pressing concern. The rise in global temperatures is causing extreme weather events, melting ice caps, and disrupting ecosystems. Urgent action is needed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the changing climate.

In conclusion, addressing environmental challenges requires collective effort and commitment. From individuals making conscious choices in their daily lives to policymakers implementing effective regulations, we all play a crucial role in shaping the future of our planet.


  1. Deforestation.
  2. Absorbing carbon dioxide and serving as habitats.
  3. Agricultural purposes.
  4. Harming marine life and ecosystems.
  5. Single-use plastics and microplastics.
  6. (Prioritizing) renewable energy sources and (adopting) more efficient practices.
  7. rise in temperatures.
  8. Collective effort and commitment.

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