- What is your understanding of the term ‘fossil fuels’?
- What are the factors that you believe contribute to global warming?
- significant /sig-NIF-i-kuhnt /
- underestimate /uhn-der-ES-tuh-meyt/
- thorough /THUR-oh/
- assessment /uh-SES-muhnt /
- commit /kuh-MIT/
[adjective] – important or noticeable
The discovery of a new dinosaur fossil has provided significant information about the ancient creatures that lived millions of years ago.
[verb] – to fail to guess or understand the real cost, size, difficulty, etc. of something
They underestimated the power of teamwork in achieving success and overcoming challenges.
[adjective] – detailed and careful
She did a thorough job of cleaning her room.
[noun] – the act of judging or deciding the amount, value, quality, or importance of something, or the judgment or decision that is made
The teacher gave us an assessment to test our understanding of the lesson.
[verb] – to promise to do something or to promise that something will happen
I commit to finishing my homework before the deadline and submitting it to my teacher.
The Surrey County Council says their planning decision followed the rules. Ms. Finch’s challenge in the High Court was initially dismissed, but a judge in the Court of Appeals ruled in her favor. Lawyers representing Friends of the Earth draw attention to the fact that carbon emissions resulting from these projects have been underestimated. Developers are concerned that a thorough assessment of carbon impacts, including emissions from using the oil, could result in reconsideration of the project’s permission. This case is important because the UK government has committed to achieving zero net carbon emissions by 2050. Additionally, there is growing controversy surrounding new fossil fuel projects in the country.
- Who challenged the local permit in the Supreme Court regarding oil drilling in Horsehill, UK?
- What were Sarah Finch’s concerns about the oil drilling permit?
- What were the significant implications of this case for future fossil fuel projects in the country?
- According to Ms. Finch, what is the potential amount of carbon dioxide emissions that could be released over 20 years from the oil?
- What role do greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, play in the phenomenon of global warming?
- Have you ever encountered a situation in your local area or country where the importance of environmental protection clashed with the need for economic growth? If yes, please share the details about it. If not, what are your thoughts on the potential conflicts that may arise between environmental protection and economic growth?
- Are you aware of any ongoing environmental campaigns or initiatives in your community or country? If yes, what are they? If not, what environmental issues do you think are important to address?
- Do you believe that the UK can achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050?
- How do you think the consideration of downstream emissions could affect the decision-making process for granting planning permission for fossil fuel projects?
- In evaluating compliance with laws and regulations for a project, do you think immediate climate impacts or downstream emissions should carry more weight? Why?