Air pollution takes three years off life: BBC News Review reviews

March 4, 2023

Learn vocabulary to talk about the news story that air pollution can take three years off our life. Air pollution causes the average human life to be three years shorter than it could be, say scientists. Neil and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this story.

The story:
Lung disease, cancer, heart problems and stroke have all been linked to air pollution – particularly man-made emissions from fossil fuels. Now an international group of researchers has used a new method to model the impact on our health.

The team believes pollution led to around 8.8 million premature deaths in 2015. That represents an average shortening of life expectancy of nearly three years across the global population.

how long someone or something lives
• The elephant’s lifespan is longer in the wild than in zoos.
• The lifespan of smartphone batteries is getting better.

make shorter
• Smoking shortens lives.
• Please shorten my trousers. They are too long.

more likely to cause death than something else
• The plague was deadlier than coronavirus.
• Machine guns made WW1 deadlier than previous wars.

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  1. Reply
    BBC Learning English March 4, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    Why is the Amazon rainforest important when it comes to climate change? We explain the science and bring you the English vocabulary to discuss it:

  2. I agree, we need to changes with our lifestyle.

  3. 🎀 The wild animals' lifespans are longer in forests than in zoos.
    🎀 Please shorten my sleeves. They are too long.
    🎀 Swimming in some pools is deadlier than in seas.

  4. Reply
    Shiwanthi De Costa March 4, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    Extremely useful, Well-done Cathy and Neil

  5. Love this lesson sooooo much! Thanks a lot!!! ☺️

  6. Reply
    Jasmina Odiljonova March 4, 2023 at 11:29 pm


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    ana maria pinto ribeiro March 4, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    Very good

  9. Hello , bbc learning news team. Ur channel is helpful to improve my English as well as my ielts score also increase.thank u so much !!😊😊

  10. I really like this channel because it has lot of benefits for their audience. Firstly, it is very informative, you will learn some things in every topic. Secondly, it will enhance your vocabulary in English thru their chosen words from their said topic. Lastly, you will learn some idiomatic expressions they will use it talking about it. I am hoping this channel will last for span of 20 years or more because it helps lot of people like me to learn English language. More power BBC. Many Thanks!😉

  11. Thank you 😘

  12. These words are formal or informal. plz tell me, i'm ielts student , i wanna use these words in writing.

  13. Thanks for every thing

  14. I love you.

  15. Reply
    abdurezak mohammed March 4, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    covid 19 is more infectious but less dealier than other pandemic happened before

  16. This man looks like Jhonny Bairstow's brother

  17. Quite useful I didn't know those words

  18. 0的德给我州

  19. Very soon all of the problems that are affecting mankind will be done away with. Psalm 37:9-11,29; Daniel 2:44; Revelation 11:18; Psalm 83:18.

  20. Can we use the word lifespan for a house? " the lifespan of this style of construction has 50 years lifespan?"

  21. Reply
    Bobysha Evanson S Thakadiel March 4, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    My favorite channel.iam watching this every day that part of learning English. myself I found very effective.

  22. Reply
    Ruxshona Fayzullayeva March 4, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    Thanks 😊

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    đông nguyễn hải March 4, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    in recent years, air pollution is becoming more and more serious, which can shorten our lives, that means our lifesan will decrease. So that air pollution is absolutetly a deadly issue !

  24. Reply
    Trịnh Hồng Thắm March 4, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    At 9:54, Neil said “deadly a…”. I couldn’t catch that word. Please help!

  25. Very nice ..we learn alot from u both ..well done

  26. Thank you, BBC Learning English.

  27. Reply
    Анжелика Лепкина March 4, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    Contamination is a burning issue nowadays. Air pollution is a serious problem for the place where I live. Because of poverty people can’t afford modern cars wich follow European norms. Therefore these cars spread much exhaust fumes in the air. Some cars are so outdated, that one can’t normally breathe near a highway. I couldn’t consume, that polluted air can shorten our lifespan by 3 years. It is terrible. Governments should mandatory adopt vigorous measures to fix this problem.

  28. News Review podcasts are an extremely important feature from you to help us learn English, I would say. But it’d be more effective and efficient for us learners if you added transcripts for each episode.

  29. Love you Nil&kathrin

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    Linh Đỗ Phương March 4, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    This is the best English method that i have ever used before.
    Its helped me a lot.. helped me improved all of skill
    Thank for all ekip creating this channel

  31. Reply
    Leny Nurshinta Dewi March 4, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    Please translate 🙏

  32. poor robert.

  33. Hello,what Neil and Catherine said in 1:00~1:09? I do not hear clearly.

  34. the span is the scope

  35. Katherine is a great teacher. I ´ve been studying with her. She´s very good

  36. A thumb-up for your professional and diligent work! But, please, could you provide a text transcript of your discussions? It would be really helpful. I've been your subscriber for years and you used to have some, but, for unknown reasons, you've dropped them.

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    Максим Друковский March 4, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    another exception: strong – strengthening

  38. Use english subtitles for your conversation

  39. what disease is deadlier than Coronavirus infection? pls answer me. i listen BBC from Vietnam without subtittle so some words are hard to understand. Many thanks. at 9:00

  40. How about indoor air pollution?

  41. Yours is the most useful program .It should be followed up by all the world's population. Thank you very much indeed

  42. I love them so much !! I just open the YouTube every mornings to see them .💗

  43. Both of you always seem to have a pleasant conversation.

  44. The way they get along and their dynamic? is on point.

  45. I am very thankful for your business, your are really a helpful channel.

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