Low emission zones: 6 Minute English



What are the benefits of low emission zones? Cities around the world are trying to clean up the air people breathe. One way of doing this is introducing low emission zones, which restrict or ban polluting cars. Last year, London introduced the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), and this year British cities including Bath, Leeds and Birmingham are also bringing in Clean Air Zones. 6 Minute English discusses this clean-air initiative and teaches some useful items of vocabulary.

This week’s question
Which UK city recently announced it wants to be the country’s first ‘net zero’ city – placing their greenhouse emissions at a neutral level. Was it…
a) Glasgow
b) Manchester
c) Cardiff
Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary:
emissions
amounts of, usually, gas that is sent out into the air from things like cars

pollutants
substances that cause pollution

to focus the mind
to concentrate on one idea or thought

incentive
something that encourages someone to do something

complex
something that is complicated, difficult and involves many parts

concentrations
amounts of substances, or pollutants, within something

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