News in Slow English
Easy Native English Language Listening Practice Using a Selection of the Latest Global News Features
欢迎来到“News in Slow English”，这是一个语言教育播客，通过它您可以练习慢速听力和了解正宗的美式英语，同时学习本周最引人入胜的新闻动态和全球特色。
Welcome to “News in Slow English,” an educational language podcast through which you can practice slowly listening to and understanding real American English while at the same time learning about some of the week’s most fascinating news developments and global features.
Today is Monday, October 8th, 2018, and here is a look at some of the news and other stories happening around the world this week.
A man out for a casual morning run in the northeastern European nation of the Netherlands stumbled upon roaring surprise this past weekend – a baby lion. The animal, believed to be less than 6 months old, was in a small cage and placed by someone out in the middle of a field where the runner randomly spotted him as he jogged by. Local authorities have not yet identified the owner or figured out where the baby lion came from, but they are hoping that someone in the Netherlands will come forward with information about the animal’s origins.
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is warning that drastic action is needed by governments around the world in order to achieve the goals to limit climate change set out in the Paris Agreement of 2015. The international body, which is made up of scientists and governmental representatives from member countries under the administrative umbrella of the United Nations, said in its report that limiting temperature rises to only 1.5 degrees Celsius would require, “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.”
The price per barrel for the global standard for crude oil began falling again on Monday following reports that the United States may be more generous than previously expected in granting waivers to the new round of tougher sanctions on Iran. While US production slowed a small amount due to the closing of several US oil drilling rigs and several pipeline transport issues, Saudi Arabia’s commitment to increase productions kept optimism high that the global supply of oil would not be affected as bad as previously thought.
The Indonesian city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi is beginning the long journey to returning to normal daily routines following the major earthquake and tsunami that struck the area less than 2 weeks ago. Local children are finally returning to school as cleanup and recovery operations continue. Over 1,750 people have now been confirmed dead in the disaster, although many more are missing and presumed to have perished.
And on the other side of the world in the Caribbean nation of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake has struck the north of the country. At least 12 people have been confirmed dead so far and 200 have been injured. In 2010, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti killed more than 250,000 people.
Thank you for subscribing and listening to “News in Slow English.” You can find the full text of this podcast by going to the website www.slowenglish.net. We’ll see you again next week with another opportunity for you to practice your American English language understanding with current and interesting topics. Have a great week!
感谢您订阅和收听“News in Slow English”。你可以通过www.slowenglish.net找到本播客的全文。下周再见，我们将为您提供另一个机会，让您通过时下和有趣的话题来练习美式英语理解能力。祝您一周愉快!