Reading and Writing fill in the blanks practice exercise. Below is text with blanks. Choose the correct word for each blank to complete the text.
Three degrees does not sound like much, but it (1…………) a rise in temperature compared with the global heating that occurred between the last ice age, some 15,000 years ago, and the warmth of the eighteenth century. When Earth was cold, giant glaciers sometimes extended from the polar regions as far south as St Louis in the US and the Alps in Europe. Later this century when it is three degrees hotter glaciers everywhere will be melting in a climate of often (2………….) heat and drought, punctuated with storms and floods. The (3……………) for humanity could be truly horrific; if we fail to act swiftly, the full impact of the plants and animals with whom we share Earth. In a worst case scenario, there might – in the twenty-second century – be only a remnant of humanity eking out a (4…………..) existence in the polar regions and the few remaining oases left on a hot and arid Earth.
1. proves, undermines, represents, explores represents,
2. tolerate, generate, intense unbearable,
3. evolution, aims, reasons consequences
4. diverse, direct, dilute diminished