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Cleaner, Abundant Fuels Attracting Record Investment


Renewable energy captured from the wind, sun, Earth’s heat, tides, and from small dams is drawing record levels of investment as poor villagers and entire nations alike seek clean, abundant ways to fuel economic growth. Global investment in renewable energy set a new record of $30 billion in 2004, according to a new report from the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). Technologies such as wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and small hydro now provide 160 gigawatts of electricity generating capacity – about four per cent of the world total – the report said. They are growing at rates of around 20-30 per cent per year, however, compared to two or three per cent for oil and gas.


“Renewable energy has become big business,” said Eric Martinot, lead author of the study, “Renewables 2005: Global Status Report”. Martinot, a senior fellow at the Washington, DC-based think tank Worldwatch Institute and a lecturer at Tsinghua University in Beijing, said renewable energy has attracted some of the world’s largest companies, including General Electric, Siemens, Sharp, and Royal Dutch Shell. The report estimated that nearly 40 million households worldwide heat their water with solar collectors, most of them installed in the last five years. Altogether, renewable energy industries provide 1.7 million jobs, most of them skilled and well paid.


Martinot and 100-plus researchers in more than 20 countries assessed several renewable technologies: small hydro (meaning small dams), modem biomass (agricultural waste, for example), wind, solar, geothermal, and biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. These technologies now compete with conventional fuels in four distinct markets: power generation, hot water and space heating, transportation fuels, and rural (off-grid) energy supplies.


Renewable energy is gaining in popularity because it is considered to be in infinite supply – unlike oil, coal, and gas – and because it involves little or no pollution compared to those fossil fuels. Scientists blame the burning of fossil fuels for the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that stoke global climate changes, which in turn are intensifying droughts in some parts of the world, floods and storms in others, and the spread of tropical diseases to temperate zones.


Additionally, renewable energy could empower millions of poor and vulnerable people who lack access to reliable, affordable, and clean modem energy services, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said in a message to the Beijing International Renewable Energy Conference, which opened Monday. Annan said that rising oil prices have hit oil-importing developing countries especially hard and underscore the need for alternative energy supplies. According to the REN21 report, government support for renewable energy is growing rapidly. At least 48 countries now have some type of renewable energy promotion policy, including 14 developing countries. Typically, they include targets to ensure that renewable sources generate 5-30 per cent of energy use in a given country by around 2010-2012.


The renewable sector’s prospects appeared to receive a further boost Monday, when China announced it was raising its target for reliance on renewable energy even as it acknowledged that coal would remain its primary source for electricity for decades to come. Renewable energy should account for 15 per cent of national consumption by 2020. China had previously aimed to get 10 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.


Mandates for blending biofuels into vehicle fuels have been enacted in 20-plus states and provinces worldwide as well as in three key countries – Brazil, China, and India – the report said. Government leadership has ensured market success, according to REN21, which is composed of representatives of governments and non-governmental organisations. Market leaders in renewable energy in 2004 included Brawl in biofuels, China in solar hot water, Germany in solar electricity, and Spain in wind power, the report said.


The fastest growing energy technology in the world is grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV), existing capacity of which blossomed by sixty per cent per year from 2000-2004, to cover more than 400,000 rooftops in Japan, Germany, and the United States, it found. Wind power came second, with generating capacity growing by 28 per cent last year with almost seventeen gigawatts installed as of 2004. Production of ethanol, biodiesel, and other biofuels exceeded 33 billion litres in 2004, when ethanol displaced about three per cent of the 1,200 billion litres of gasoline produced globally.


An estimated $500 million goes to developing countries each year as development assistance for renewable energy projects, training, and market support, with the German Development Finance Group (GDFG), the World Bank Group, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) providing the majority of these funds, and dozens of other donors 

Câu hỏi #1

Answer 1 - 4: Which paragraph contains each of the following pieces of information?

Question 1 : Cases where the use of renewable fuels is in competition with non-renewable one 

Question 2 : The membership of REN21

Question 3 : The rates at which the use of renewable fuels is growing faster than the use of nonrenewable ones in the world

Question 4 : The sources of funding for renewable fuels in developing countries

Câu hỏi #2

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the text for each gap.

- Biomass technology can use (1)

- Governments with renewable energy policies usually set (2) for renewable energy use.

- The most important source of energy for China in 2020 is expected to be (3)

- Economic expansion and high oil prices mean that Asian countries are (4) for renewable sources of energy.

Câu hỏi #3In boxes 1-5 on your answer sheet, choose True/ False/ Not Given

Question 1. Eric Martinot advises large companies on investing in renewable energy.

Question 2. Eric Martinot has over 100 people working in his team.

Question 3. Increases in oil prices hurt developing economies more than developed ones.

Question 4. The use of solar power grew by 60% between the year 2000 and the year 2004.

Question 5. “Green” power consumers only get part of their electricity from alternative energy sources.


Câu hỏi #4Read the passage and choose the correct answer for each blank.

  • resource
  • possible
  • technology allows students to get specific
  • messaging their friends
  • for
  • however
  • need
  • listen to the radio

No more teachers? No more books? For today's kids, the Internet has all the answers.

Gadgets come and go and most of them don't have a very long life. The Internet, (1) , seems to be here to stay. The World Wide Web is now the largest information (2) in the world and teenagers can find more or less anything they want there. They can download music and films, watch TV, (3) , send e-mails and even shop online.

In the United States for example, more than 78% of kids go online, according to a recent study. A lot of them are just surfing the Web and instant (4) . But 94% of those online said they also used it (5) schoolwork. This technology has allowed them to access a vast store of knowledge which was inaccessible before. With online tutoring and virtual schools, (6) help. It is also (7) to be a part of a study group or discuss school projects with international e-mail pals. Perhaps more than anything, the Internet search engine Google has changed homework habits across the globe. But the problem is that it is so easy to “copy and paste” that teachers (8) to change homework assignments or projects every year.


Câu hỏi #5Choose the correct answer A, B, C or D to complete each sentence.

Question 1. _____________ the Di Vinci Code? - It's an interesting book?

A. Have you ever reading                                                      B. Have you ever read

C. Has you read                                                                     D. You have read

Question 2. Which country doesn't speak English as an official language?

A. England                             B. Australia                            

C. Singapore                          D. Korea

Question 3. Charles _________ his father in the shop until school ____________.

A. was helping - will start                                                       B. helped - was starting

C. is helping - starts                                                               D. has helped - is starting

Question 4. When a volcanic eruption occurs, the hot _________ pours downhill.

A. ash                                     B. smoke                                

C. dirt                                                D. lava

Question 5. I don't know how we can ____________ with her. She's too far away.

A. keep in touch                     B. cope                                   

C. catch up                             D. keep pace

Question 6. At 8 a.m. tomorrow, he ____________ with his friends in America

A. are chatting                                   B. will be chatting                   

C. chatted                               D. chats

Question 7. "What's she doing?" - I wondered what __________.

A. was she doing                   B. is she doing                                   

C. she is doing                       D. she was doing

Question 15. It was guessed that the fish died _____________ a powerful toxin in the sea water.

A. since                                   B. because                               

C. because of                         D. as a result


Câu hỏi #6Rewrite the sentences using the word given in brackets.

Question 1. Possibly he isn't the captain of Star Trek. (may)


Question 2. “Can you lend me your iPad for a few minutes?” said Hoa to Thanh. (if)

=> Hoa asked

Question 3. Tom plans to open another restaurant in Manchester next month. (is)


Question 4. Powerful tsunami waves carried ships many kilometers inland.

=> Ships

Question 5. Stop swimming in that lake, or you will have skin rashes.

=> If


Câu hỏi #7Reorder the words to make complete sentences:

Question 1. always / she / watching / is / TV / .


Question 2. have / I / already / done / my / homework / .



Câu hỏi #8Give the correct form of the word given to complete the sentences.

Question 1. The Earth would be a happy planet if human beings, animals and plants (peace) co-existed.

Question 2. He is still at work! He (come) late I am afraid.

Question 3. It (take) the Earth 365 days to go around the sun.

Question 4. What makes this magazine so popular? (popularize)

Question 5. We apologize for the caused to the passengers. (convenient)




Câu hỏi #9Rewrite the sentences so that they have the same meaning as the original ones.

Question 1. We will invite some old teachers to our class meeting.

=> Some old teacher .

Question 2. “I can do this test”, he said.

=>  He said .

Question 3. Learning English is interesting.

=> It’s interesting .


Earth's surface gets a little bit warmer.

Every year, the average temperature of the Earth's surface gets a little bit warmer. This gradual trend is called global warming. Warmer weather may sound nice, but global warming is something to be very concerned about.

Scientists are worried that continued warmer temperatures could damage the environment in many devastating ways. Rising temperatures might cause plants and animals to become extinct. They could melt enough polar ice to cause the levels of the sea to rise. Weather patterns could also change. There might be more droughts or serious storms with flooding. In some areas, human diseases could spread.

What is causing global warming? Humans are mostly to blame. Pollution from factories and cars add toxic gases to the air. These gases rise to the Earth's atmosphere. As the sun’s rays warm the Earth, the gases work much like the glass in a greenhouse. They help trap the heat in the atmosphere and make the Earth grow warmer. That is why they are nicknamed “greenhouse gases.”

It is our responsibility to take care of our planet. Global warming is a serious problem with serious consequences. If we want future generations to enjoy their time on Earth, we must act now!

Câu hỏi #10Read the passage and choose the correct answer.

Question 1. Which of the following is not a possible effect of global warming?

A. weather patterns changing                                   B. plants and animals becoming extinct

C. more polar ice                                                       D. human diseases spreading

Question 2. In the sentence: “Warmer weather may sound nice, but global warming is something to be very concerned about.” (in paragraph 1), the author suggests that people may not __________.

A. understand how serious colder weather is           B. take global warming seriously

C. care about warmer weather                                  D. think warmer weather sounds nice

Question 3. The statement that “humans are mostly to blame” in paragraph 3 suggests that ___________.

A. humans have been blamed for global warming

B. humans have not been blamed for global warming

C. humans are mostly responsible for global warming

D. there are many factors that cause global warming

Question 4. From the description of greenhouse gases, it can be concluded that a greenhouse is __________.

A. a glass structure                                                     B. the Earth                           

C. a colored home                                                       D. a type of gas

Question 5. This passage is mostly about ___________.

A. the solutions to global warming

B. the different types of global warming

C. the reasons why global warming is not a serious problem

D. the causes and effects of global warming