The Proble m of Environmental Protection Environmental protection is the main problem facing humanity nowadays. The image of a sick planet has become firmly establi shed in the public mind lately. Ten years ago the word 'ecology' hardly meant anything for the majority of people, but today we can't help bearing it in our minds. It has happened because of the growing effect of the rapid industrial development of the nat ural world which has negative features of its own. As a matter of fact the state of environmen t has greatly worsened of late. There is no doubt that soil, water and air are contaminated with toxic wastes. Over the past few years we have been constantly spe aking about ozone holes, с , high level of radiation, about food contaminated with chemicals. Scientists in many countries are very much concerned about drastic changes in weather patterns. The worst drought, the mildest winter and the most devastating hurr icanes have become typical in those parts of the world where the y used to be a rare occurrence. Weather patterns have been changing recently due to the global warming-up process and its major reason вЂ” the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is created by carbon dioxide emissions, released by industrial facilities and a constantly increasing number of cars. Thus it is of vital importance that the world should start cutting down the release of gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect. What is the r eason for people getting so much worried about the state of environment? The answer to this question is fairly simple. The thing is the deterioration of the environment is telling heavily o n people. To solve this burning problem it is necessary for people to combine efforts, to raise safety standards at all industrial facilities, to adequately process by-products of industry, to set up an international space laboratory to monitor the state of environment and set up an international centre for emergency en v ironmental assistance. All these measures will help us in solving these important problems and prevent us from dangerous illnesses and diseases. EXERCISES 1. Find in the text the English equivalents of t hese Russian word combinations охрана (зашита ) окружа ющей среды человечество укорениться вряд ли , едва ли большинство почва токсичные отходы засуха заражать , инфицировать химические вещества беспокоиться радикальный , глубокий ; резкий опустошительный , разрушительный происходить редко создавать двуокись углер ода промышленные предприятия быть необычайно важным сокращать выброс газов довольно ухудшение сказываться на решать хорошо пе рерабатывать промышленные отходы защищать , предохранять 2 . Translate from English into Russian the next word combinations from the text a sick planet bearing it in our minds industrial development negative features ozone hole s weather patterns vital importance the greenhouse effect industrial facilities dangerous illnesses prevent 3.Make up some quest ions about the text using all types of questions .