• The two letters at the end of an internet address often show the name of the country where the domain name is registered. Match the letters with the countries
  • Look in the text and find this information as quickly as possible
  • Drowning in money Daphna Baram
  • Vocabulary: Prepositions

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    1,2 - THE GUARDIAN WEEKLY Elementary (2)
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    Vocabulary: Prepositions
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    Do you think it is morally acceptable to create a human clone?

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    The two letters at the end of an internet address often show the name of 
    the country where the domain name is registered. Match the letters with 
    the countries: 
    South Africa
    United Kingdom
    France Japan 
    1. uk 
    2. ar 
    3. tv 
    4. za 
    5. jp 
    6. cn 
    7. fr 
    8. de 
    Look in the text and find this information as quickly as possible: 
    1. Where is Tuvalu? 
    2. How many people live in Tuvalu? 
    3. How much money did the Tuvalans earn in 1999? 
    4. What is the internet domain name for Tuvalu? 
    5. How much did the Tuvalans receive when they sold the domain name? 
    6. How high is Tuvalu above sea level? 
    7. How much did the Tuvalans spend on new roads? 
    8. How many cars were there on the islands before 1999? 

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    Drowning in money 
    Daphna Baram 
    Tuvalu is a tiny country of nine 
    islands in the South Pacific. It has a 
    population of just 11,000. In 1999 it 
    was the third-poorest country in the 
    world. The islanders earned just 
    $1,000 each a year. But then 
    something unusual happened. Tuvalu 
    received an internet domain name - 
    the letters ".tv". These letters were 
    very interesting for many companies 
    around the world. 
    A communication company from 
    California offered to buy the domain 
    name “.tv” for $40m. For the 
    Tuvalans this was a very large 
    amount of money. The islanders 
    became very rich.
    At the same time the islanders 
    received some very bad news. 
    Because of global warming, and 
    because the islands are only 3m 
    above sea level, Tuvalu will probably 
    become the first country in the world 
    that will disappear under the sea. 
    Scientists say that there will be very 
    bad floods during the next 15-20 
    years and by the end of the century 
    the Tuvalu islands will already be 
    under the sea.
    You can already see signs of the 
    rising sea on Tuvalu. There are pools 
    of seawater on the land, some 
    beaches are disappearing and you can 
    see tree roots by the ocean. Cyclones 
    used to be very rare but they now 
    appear a few times a year, and the 
    rains that come with the cyclones 
    cause flooding. 
    But despite these problems, the 
    Tuvalans had their new money. They 
    could use it to buy themselves a 
    future. Or at least they could use it to 
    buy some time. Paul Lindsay, a 
    documentary film-maker, took these 
    questions with him all the way to 
    Tuvalu, and came back with an 
    incredible story. As the water rises, 
    the Tuvalans are using the money to 
    develop the land. They are building 
    new houses, planning nightclubs
    restaurants and hotels and new cars 
    are driving around on new roads. The 
    residents do not think this is strange: 
    "Just because we are sinking, it 
    doesn't mean we don't want to raise 
    our standards of living," Sam Teo, 
    Tuvalu's minister for natural 
    resources, told Lindsay.
    Tuvalu received $40 million for the 
    internet deal and used $10m of it to 
    asphalt the islands' 19km of roads. 
    Before 1999 there were four cars on 
    the islands. The Tuvalans used to 
    walk or cycle everywhere. As well as 
    new cars, the Tuvalans also imported 
    a lot of food and other goods. Now 
    they drive everywhere and eat more 
    food than before. 

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    Now many Tuvalans are fat and 
    suffer from high blood pressure and 
    Other Tuvalans discovered that it was 
    too expensive for them to keep their 
    cars, and that anyway cars are not 
    really necessary in a country that is 
    just 26 sq km in area. There is now a 
    huge rubbish dump in the middle of 
    this tropical paradise, full of old cars 
    and other waste.
    The Tuvalans also spent large 
    amounts of money telling the world 
    about their situation. Tuvalu joined 
    the United Nations, at a cost of $1.5m 
    a year. The Tuvalan delegation at the 
    United Nations was especially active 
    in supporting the Kyoto protocol to 
    fight global warming. But while the 
    political system argues about global 
    warming, the sea keeps rising, and 
    the Tuvalans keep spending their 
    All Tuvalans know that they will 
    probably not die of old age on their 
    islands. The solution to the problem 
    is not so simple, however. They 
    cannot move to the nearby island of 
    Kioa, because it will not take any 
    more immigrants. Australia doesn’t 
    want to let the Tuvalans in, and New 
    Zealand will only take a small 
    number each year. When the islands 
    are finally covered in water, the 
    Tuvalan nation will probably be split 
    After the eight months he spent in 
    Tuvalu, Lindsay is not sentimental 
    about white sands and turquoise 
    waters. "There are no more paradises. 
    Tuvalu is trying to keep its sense of 
    social solidarity in the face of 
    progress. Nowadays even paradise 
    has a price". 
    The Guardian Weekly 25-03-2005, 
    page 18

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