What do you know about renewable energy? How important is solar, wind and hydroelectric power to the future of our planet? Learn some new vocabulary as we go green today on Aprender Inglés con Reza y Craig.
Email from Yunior García Gálvez from Cuba
Hello Reza, my name’s Yunior García, I am a mechanical engineer and I’m from Cuba.
I’m writing to you because I’ve decided to learn English and this is a good way to enhance my grammar.
In the past, I looked for several ways to increase and improve my vocabulary, grammar and speaking skills, so I found lots of documents, internet pages and podcasts that aims toward my objective (reach my objective).
I have to say both of you, Reza and Craig, are wonderful English teachers. I hear you every day in the morning when I go to my job. Nowadays
I’m studying for my master’s degree at “Desarrollo Energético Sostenible” and I would like that in your podcast you develop (talk about) the topic: Renewable Energy, if you like, of course.
Nature and the environment http://www.inglespodcast.com/96
Renewable energy (or clean energy) is energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished within a human’s life, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat (using the heat of
inside the earth to generate power).
This is in contrast to non-renewable sources such as fossil fuels.
source of energy
solar energy collected in solar panels
hydroelectric power HEP and hydroelectric dam
tidal barrage – A device that blocks the flow of water in a retreating tide and releases it in a
controlled manner to generate electricity.
biofuels — Alcohols, ethers, and other chemicals made from raw biological material such as herbaceous and woody plants, agricultural and forestry residues, and a large portion of
geothermal energy – obtained from near the Earth’s hot core
municipal solid and industrial waste.
Can clean energy replace fossil fuels? (Yes!) But wind and solar only produce between 5 – 6% of the world’s electricity.
Germany, for instance, aims to run on 80% renewable energy by 2050.
How can you save the amount of energy you use every day?
How green is your lifestyle?
Have you started buying energy-efficient appliances for your house?
How much do you worry about pollution?
Some people think that energy supplies should all be nationalised (state-owned). What do you think?
Do you think it’s possible to get our future energy from some source we don’t yet know of?
Who should be more responsible for energy consumption: governments or individuals?
What incentives from the government might increase the use of renewable energy as opposed to fossil fuels and other non-renewable energy?
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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