listening lab 0416

 

Step 1: Read the questions below.

質問を読んでください。

 

1.  What kind of pollution is mentioned?

 

2.  What kind of company is DigitasLBi?

 

3.  Why couldn't they use drones to collect the data?

 

4.  Were wild pigeons or racing pigeons used?

 

5.  How is the live data sent to citizens?

 

Step 2:  Listen to the audio and try to answer the questions.
オーディオを聞いて、 質問に答えて見て下さい。
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Step 3:  Listen again while you read the article.

記事を読みながら、もう一度聞いてみてください。

 

 

Pigeons are thought of as a nuisance in big cities, but now they are being used to help solve a problem – air pollution. Air pollution in London is linked to illness and as many as 10,000 deaths per year. But it's hard to put pressure on the government to fix a problem when most people aren't aware it exists at all. That's why a marketing company called DigitasLBi decided to find a way to let people know just how much pollution there is.

 

Before they could tell people about the problem, they had to measure the amount of pollution in the air. But they didn't know exactly how to go about collecting data from all over the city. Drones seemed like a good idea, but it is illegal to fly them over London. That's when someone suggested pigeons.

 

Pigeons have been used to deliver and bring back messages, so it's not a farfetched idea to use them to bring back data. So DigitasLBi got in touch with Brian Woodhouse. Woodhouse is a member of the Royal Racing Pigeon Association, and he has worked with pigeons for about 65 years. He helped fit some of his pigeons with tiny Velcro backpacks that hold tiny pollution sensors. The sensors, which weigh less than an ounce, can track nitrogen dioxide, ozone, and other pollutants that impact our health.

 

Once the pollution sensors were in place, the pigeons were released in different parts of the city. Live readings from the Pigeon Air Patrol are sent to Londoners through Twitter. See for yourself at @pigeonair. Or go to www.pigeonairpatrol.com for more information about the project.

 

Step 4:  Check your answers.

答えをチェックしてください。

 

1.  What kind of pollution is mentioned?

Air pollution is (mentioned).

 

2.  What kind of company is DigitasLBi?

It's a marketing company.

 

3.  Why couldn't they use drones to collect the data?

(They couldn't) Because it's illegal to fly them over London.

 

4.  Were wild pigeons or racing pigeons used?

Racing pigeons were (used).

 

5.  How is the live data sent to citizens?

It is sent (to citizes) by Twitter.

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