There are more delegates at COP26 associated with the fossil fuel industry than from any single country, analysis shared with the BBC shows.
Campaigners led by Global Witness assessed the participant list published by the UN at the start of this meeting.
Rob and Neil discuss the news story and teach you some related vocabulary so you can talk about it too.

Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:35 – Story
1:42 – Headline 1: BBC News: COP26: Fossil fuel industry has largest delegation at climate summit
5:20 – Headline 2: Mail Online: COP26’s largest delegation?
8:46 – Headline 3: Daily Mirror: Outrage as fossil fuel and nuclear power firms swamp COP26 with 1,000 lobbyists
11:30 – Language summary

Key words and phrases:
delegation – group of people chosen to represent an organisation

  • A delegation from the trade union was sent to speak to the company’s management.
  • Delegations from all countries were sent to the conference.

fossil – made from decayed materials from thousands of years ago

  • If we don’t stop burning fossil fuels, climate change will get worse.
  • We discovered an amazing fossil while walking on the beach.

swamp – overwhelm with large numbers

  • We’ve been swamped with calls from people wanting tickets.
  • The shop was swamped with fans wanting the celebrity’s autograph.

To download the audio and a transcript and test your understanding, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview/unit-20/session-219

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