Exercise 2: Read the passage carefully and choose the correct answer.
The United Nations predicts that the global population will increase from the present 6.65 billion to 7.95 billion by the year 2025. At the same time, the world is becoming more prosperous. The average person is consuming more food, water, energy and metals. Multiple millions in nations that were once poor are now moving into the middle class. They are driving cars, acquiring household appliances, using electronic gadgets and adopting high-protein diets, similar to Western industrialized nations. The subject of natural resources has been in the news for years. The media has long reported that the world’s supply of oil, minerals, fresh water, and lumber are in danger of running out. Yet very few people take this seriously.
Within the next 50 years, the world’s population is projected to rise by 40%. This growth, coupled with increasing industrialization and urbanization, will result in greater demand for water. Water will become much scarcer. The United Nations figures suggest that there are around 300 potential conflicts over water all over the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO, about one-sixth of the world’s population lacks access to clean water, while 40% are without access to proper sanitation services.
Which future problems are referred in the text?
A. industrialization and transportation
B. natural resources and water
C. household appliances and food
D. cars and tools
Answer the question before viewing the answer below
Correct answer: B