Countries try to change UN climate report: BBC News Review reviews

February 8, 2023

COP26 is underway in Glasgow, but leading up to the conference a leaked report seen by the BBC showed how some countries are trying to change a scientific report on climate change.

Roy and Neil discuss the news story and teach you some related vocabulary so you can talk about it too.

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Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:35 – Story
1:23- Headline 1: Leaked documents show major polluters trying to water down UN climate report
5:15 – Headline 2: These countries plan to throw a spanner in CoP26 works, warn BBC
8:35 – Headline 3: COP26: Document leak reveals nations lobbying to change key climate report
10:50 – Language summary

Key words and phrases:
water down
make something less effective; weaken

* The initial plan was watered down after some of the ideas were seen as too radical.
* The pure orange juice is sometimes a bit strong, so I like to water it down.

spanner in the works
something that stops a plan from succeeding

* When the millionaire stopped paying for the project, it really threw a spanner in the works.
* The rain really threw a spanner in the works for the picnic.

trying to persuade someone in authority to do something

* Campaigners are lobbying against the upcoming tax increases.
* We lobbied the government to change the laws on new housing developments.

To download the audio and a transcript and test your understanding, go to our website:…

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  1. This video is a great one to learn English. Please do more about COP26!

  2. Highly invaluable channel for me to acquire knowledge

  3. ♣️ Pure mango juice is sometime a bit strong, so I like to water it down.
    ♣️ The sindstrom threw a spanner in the works for the cars.
    ♣️ The manager is lobbying against the force resignation.

  4. I think if we repeat these videos many times, the new vocabularies will be printed in our minds, and they will be unforgettable.
    Are you agree with me?

  5. May all beings be happy. May all be learning English. Thanks BBC ❤️❤️❤️

  6. I have felt really sorry for Roy and his family, and hope for him to live together with his family again soon.
    Not only him but I believe most of the people who learns English to go abroad are severely affected by covid.
    Some may have been even forced to give up the plans, but hopefully the situation will be better and we can get back our lives once more.

  7. I do like your explination both using the coffee as example.

  8. Waaaaw, what a lesson 👏 👍👌 !!

  9. I wasn't quite sure what a spanner was but when you showed the spanner spanner I wont be forgetting this new vocab! Great video, thank you! :))

  10. Thank You Neil and Rob! I love Your nice lessons! 🤗🤗💝

  11. Wonderful channel. Really impressed me!

  12. Sabotage; throwing shoes into machine!

  13. Thanks for talking about this topic, your lessons are always useful. Roy I really wish that you can reconcile with your wife and your son, as soon as possible.

  14. very interesting video where we can learn a lot of vocabulary

  15. Climate change is an Illuminati plot

  16. Water down..Más claro de ahí,hechale agua!!

  17. One of the best ways to memorize a word is to learn why it has such a meaning. Love u guys. This is way better than just looking at vocabulary books.

  18. Broo, I just love Roy

  19. Stay strong Roy! 💪💪 I guess your family will be together in the blink of an eye … Hard times with COVID-19 … a real nightmare that we are about to overcome 😊

  20. Hi nell, your hair style illustrated that you are fed up about your life and it’s seems someone throw spanner in your life 😆😆😆

  21. Have lots of habitants around us who has thrown spanner others paln so that will water down their plan.The councillor should lobbying against those people to stop.

  22. Climate change is used as a Marxist criminal power grab against the democratic western nations. The world is getting slightly colder at the moment. Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is perfect for plant growth. The world groans under the fascist media of the lying climate change advocates. Coldest Antarctic season ever recorded by all the science bases was recorded 2021.The least people to ever die from climate activity in history are in modern times. That is a direct result of having affordable energy via our fossil fuels. Thank you fossil fuels

  23. Thanks, BBC Learning English. Thanks for the great English learning material. I pray no party will be that ignorant and trying to sabotage the climate convention. We need the planet to continue with everything else.

  24. Reply
    Abdelmaoula Mahamat February 8, 2023 at 5:03 am

    thank you for these video

  25. Before a years I can understand English but now I can't why 😭😩💔.. I understand a littel🥲

  26. Terrorism has been a spanner in the works for tourism

  27. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him. There is no other intermediary. May Jesus Bless you, trust Him, give your life – and He will take care of it :pray Convert yourself and believe in the Gospel;.

  28. Love this channel so much

  29. I love your conversation

  30. Hi guys .. u r really super .. Thanks a lot for tour useful work … I just wonder why u spell the new words .. I think more effective to read aloud the examples … Why not try once? Thanks for tour attention have a good day

  31. I can't find the test area this time.😫

  32. Honestly we are the virus. I talk about this alot on my channel.. We're toast by 2030.

  33. I really appreciate this subject. BBC Learning English have the power to spread awareness to students around the world to get real about climate change. Thanks a lot for sharing knowledge. :))

  34. Reply
    Moudud hossain rony February 8, 2023 at 5:03 am

    Best episode……i like it.

  35. learning a lot!many thanks

  36. Love you sir

  37. I learned a lot in this video like all day I see yours videos.
    Thanks a lot for it. You're a great teacher.

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