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灵长类动物灭绝危险,由方便面制成的艺术品 Primates at risk and noodle

2017-08-03    来源:bbc learning english    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

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60% of world's primates at risk of extinction 世界60%灵长类动物将面临灭绝危险

Creating art in an instant 用方便面制成的艺术展品

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Our closest biological relatives - but while the human population continues to grow, most of our fellow primates are now sliding towards extinction. This international team of scientists trawled through the data on more than 500 primate species revealing a looming extinction crisis. They estimate that 60% of primate species are now threatened with extinction and 75% have populations that are in decline. Forest habitat that these animals rely on is being destroyed -primarily for agriculture and logging. Reversing these declines means looking closely at where we source products like timber, palm oil and meat.  

灵长类动物是和人类最相近的物种,但随着全球人口总数持续增长,在我们其余的灵长类动物同伴中,大多数物种的数量正逐渐下滑并且一步步走向灭绝。该国际科学家小组全面搜罗了有关500多个灵长类物种的数据,他们的研究揭示了一个迫在眉睫的物种灭绝危机。据这些科学家估计,有60%灵长类物种正遭受灭绝的威胁,75%的灵长类物种数量呈下降趋势。这些动物赖以生存的森林栖息地正受到人类破坏,其原因主要是农业活动和伐木行为。人们如果想改变目前这一下降的趋势,就应当更仔细地审视木材、棕榈油和肉类等产品的来源。

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Most of us look at instant noodles as a quick meal, but one artist is turning them into… well, art. Cynthia Suwito knits noodles as a performance art piece for a gallery in Singapore. She says her work is a reflection on the modern world's obsession with instant gratification. It takes her three hours to knit a 20cm-long piece. Mmmm… that’s what we could call having good taste in art!

大多数人认为方便面是一种速食,但有一位艺术家却把这类食物转变成了艺术。辛西娅·苏维托(Cynthia Suwito)以面条为材料织出了一件表现艺术作品,在新加坡的一家画廊中展出。她说,该艺术品映射现代世界中人们执于即时满足感的现象。她织成这件 20 厘米长的作品共花 费三个小时。嗯……只有做出这种展品的人才能称得上在艺术方面"品位"不凡。

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词汇


trawled through
全面搜罗了

obsession
痴迷,执念

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请从以下词汇中选择适当的答案来完成句子。注意:你可能需要改变单词的时态来完成句子。

trawled through / obsession

1. My cousin is ______ with social media. He doesn't do anything without posting a picture or comment on Weibo!


2. As the winter hours ticked by, without a sign of the girls, detectives ______ a list of violent criminals and paedophiles.

答案

1. My cousin is obsessed with social media. He doesn't do anything without posting a picture or comment on Weibo!

2. As the winter hours ticked by, without a sign of the girls, detectives trawled through a list of violent criminals and paedophiles.



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