Indonesia coral reef partially restored 印度尼西亞部分珊瑚礁重現生機

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在當地團體、環保組織大自然保護協會( The Nature Conservancy )和寵物品牌希寶( Sheba )的合作努力下,約有四萬平方米的珊瑚礁已被重新注入生機。這是到 2029 年修復世界上 18.5 萬平方米珊瑚礁計畫的其中一部分。

Over the years, there have been many attempts to revive coral reefs, some more successful than others. A technique being tried in Indonesia uses a network of metal frames with fragments of live corals attached to them.

多年來,人們曾多次試著讓珊瑚礁恢復生機,但結果卻成敗參半。在印度尼西亞,人們在嘗試一種技術,即使用一種附有一塊塊活珊瑚的金屬框架網狀系統。

The results so far show a rapid recovery and a return of the fish that local communities depend on. The goal now is to apply the same system to other parts of the world.

目前結果顯示,珊瑚礁正在迅速恢復生機,當地社區賴以生存的魚類也逐漸回歸。現在的目標是將同樣的系統應用到世界其它地區。

Although each project is on a relatively small scale, and all reefs are threatened by rising temperatures, scientists say it is worth trying everything to save as many as possible.

雖然每個項目的規模都相對較小,而且所有的珊瑚礁都受到了氣溫上升的威脅,但科學家表示,為了拯救儘可能多的珊瑚礁,一切努力都值得一試。

Questions may be raised about the funding for the project – it’s from the pet food company, Sheba, which uses a lot of fish in its products. It says it’s committed to the long-term health of the oceans.

可能會有人對該項目的資金來源提出質疑:資金來自寵物食品公司希寶,其產品中使用了大量的魚類。該公司表示將全力以赴,保護海洋的長期健康。

詞彙表

revive 使恢復生機
network 網,網狀系統
fragments 小塊,碎片
rapid 迅速的
small scale 小規模
funding 資金
committed 全力以赴

閱讀理解:請在讀完上文後,回答下列問題。

1. True or false? Attempts to revive coral reefs have always been successful.

2. How quickly has this part of the coral reef regrown?

3. Where is it hoped this technique will be used next?

4. Why were questions raised about a pet food company funding part of this project?

答案  

1. True or false? Attempts to revive coral reefs have always been successful.
False. Over the years, there have been many attempts to revive coral reefs, some more successful than others – so, not all have been successful.

2. How quickly has this part of the coral reef regrown?
Very quickly. So far it has shown a rapid recovery.

3. Where is it hoped this technique will be used next?
The goal now is to apply the same system to other parts of the world.

4. Why were questions raised about a pet food company funding part of this project?
Because pet food company, Sheba, uses a lot of fish in its products.