The continuous presentation of scary stories about global warming in the popular media makes us unnecessarily frightened. Even worse, it __62__ our kids.

Al Gore famously __63__ how a sea-level rise of 20 feet would almost completely flood Florida, New York, Holland, and Shanghai, __64__the United Nations says that such a thing will not even happen, __65__ that sea levels will rise 20 times less than that.

When __66__ with these exaggerations, some of us say that they are for a good cause, and surely __67__ is no harm done if the result is that we focus even more on tackling climate change.

This __68__ is astonishingly wrong. Such exaggerations do plenty of harm. Worrying __69__ about global warming means that we worry less about other things, where we could do so much more good. We focus, __70 __, on global warming's impact on malaria (疟疾)-which will put slightly more people at __71__ in 100 years - instead of tackling the half a billion people __72__from malaria today with prevention and treatment policies that are much cheaper and dramatically more effective than carbon reduction would be.

__73__ also wears out the public's willingness to tackle global warming. If the planet is __74__, people wonder, why do anything? A record 54% of American voters now believe the news media make global warming appear worse than it really is. A __75__ of people now believe – incorrectly – that global warming is not even caused by humans.

But the __76__ cost of exaggeration, I believe, is the unnecessary alarm that it causes – particularly __77__ children. An article in The Washington Post cited nine-year-old Alyssa, who cries about the possibility of mass animal __78__ from global warming.

The newspaper also reported that parents are __79__ "productive" outlets for their eight-year-olds' obsessions (忧心忡忡) with dying polar bears. They might be better off educating them and letting them know that, contrary __80__ common belief, the global polar bear population has doubled and perhaps even quadrupled (成为四倍) over the past half- century, to about 22,000. __81__ diminishing - and eventually disappearing - summer Arctic ice, polar bears will not become extinct.

62. A. exhausts B. suppresses C. terrifies D. disgusts
63. A. dismissed B. distracted C. deposited D. depicted
64. A. as if B. even though C. in that D. in case
65. A. measuring B. signifying C. estimating D. extracting
66. A. confronted B. identified C. equipped D. entrusted
67. A. such B. there C. what D. which
68. A. morality B. interaction C. argument D. dialogue
69. A. prevalently B. predictably C. expressively D. excessively
70. A. for example B. in addition C. by contrast D. in short
71. A. will B. large C. ease D. risk
72. A. suffering B. deriving C. developing D. stemming
73. A. Explanation B. Reservation C. Exaggeration D. Revelation
74. A. dumped B. dimmed C. doubled D. doomed
75. A. mixture B. majority C. quantity D. quota
76. A. smallest B. worst C. fewest D. least
77. A. among B. of C. by D. toward
78. A. separation B. sanction C. isolation D. extinction
79. A. turning out B. tiding over C. searching for D. pulling through
80. A. upon B. to C. about D. with
81. A. Despite B. Besides C. Regardless D. Except




62. C. terrifies 考查动词辨析。exhaust 表示“使筋疲力尽,用尽”;suppress表示“镇压,抑制”;terrify 表示“使惊吓”;disgust表示“使反感”。前文表明关于气候变暖的惊悚报道让我们感到恐惧,更糟糕的是,它吓到了我们的孩子们。

63. D. depicted考查动词辨析。dismiss表示“开除,解散”;distract表示“使分心,分散”;deposit表示“储蓄,寄存”;depict表示“描绘,描述”。

64. B. even though 考查连词。题考查考生对上下句关系的理解,上半句Al Gore讲述海平面上升20英尺会几乎完全淹没佛罗里达、纽约、荷兰和上海,后半句讲联合国说这种事不会发生,由此可见前后句是转折的关系,所以用even though,表示“尽管”;而as if表示“似乎”;in that表示“因为”;in case表示“以防”。

65. C. estimating 考查动词。measure表示“测量,估量”;signify表示“意味,预示”;estimate表示“估计,预测”;extract表示“提取”。空格所在的句子说联合国认为淹没事件不会发生,同时预测海平面只会上升20英尺的二十分之一。

66. A. Confronted 考查动词。be confronted with…为固定短语,表示“面临(困难、危险等)”。

67. B. there 考查there be句型。由句中的连词and可知前后必须都是句子,表示某个现象或东西存在用there be句型。

68. C. argument 考查名词。morality表示“道德,伦理”;interaction表示“相互沟通,相互作用”;argument表示“争论,辩论”;dialogue表示“对话”;文章前面两段都是在讲Al Gore与联合国不同的观点,因此这里填争论。

69. D. excessively 考查副词辨析。prevalently表示“流行地,普遍地”;predictably 表示“可预言地”;expressively表示“意味深长地”;excessively表示“过度地,极度”。本句表达的意思是过度担心气候变暖意味着我们担心的其它事情会变少,而在这些事情上我们本可以做得更好。

70. A. for example 考查固定短语。for example表示“例如”;in addition表示“另外,除此之外”;by contrast表示“相比之下”;in short表示“总之”;从上下文我们可以看出这句话是举例子,所以用for example。

71. D. risk 考查固定短语。该题较为简单,at risk为固定短语,表示“有危险”。

72. A. suffering 考查动词。suffer from表示“遭受;患……病”。

73. C. Exaggeration 考查名词辨析。explanation表示“解释”;reservation表示“预约;预定”;exaggeration 表示“夸张”;revelation表示“启示”。本题显然承接上文提到的人们对于全球气候变暖这个问题过度夸张的情况。

74. D. doomed 考查形容词辨析。dumped表示“废弃的”; dimmed表示“暗灰色的”;doubled表示“两倍的”;doomed表示“注定的;命定的”。这里表示人们假设如果地球的命运是注定好的,也就是说如果全球变暖这个问题是注定了的话,那么就不需要做任何事情来拯救,因为做了也没有用。

75. B.majority 考查名词辨析。a majority of 表示“大多数的;mixture表示“混合”;quantity表示“质量”;quota表示“配额;限额”。

76. B. worst 考查形容词辨析。前面文章一直在讲夸大全球变暖问题所带来的坏处,这里是作者想强调的最坏的代价,所以用worst。

77. A. among 考查介词辨析。among表示“三者或三者以上之间”,among children表示“在孩子们当中”。

78. D. extinction 考查名词辨析。separation表示“分离,分开”;sanction表示“制裁,处罚”;isolation表示“隔离,孤立”;extinction 表示“灭绝”。全球变暖只有可能会造成大量动物的灭绝,其他选项均不恰当。

79. C. searching for 考查词组辨析。turn out 表示“生产;结果是”;tide over表示“克服,度过”;search for表示“寻找,搜索”;pull through表示“克服困难,渡过难关”。这里是说有些小孩子担心北极熊会灭绝,而这种担心显然对于他们来说是多余的,所以一些家长会寻找一些其他的东西来转移孩子们的注意力。

80. B. to 考查介词辨析。contrary to为固定搭配,表示“与……相反”。

81. A. Despite 考查介词辨析。despite表示“尽管”,后面一般跟doing;besides表示“此外,而且”;regardless of 表示“尽管,不管”;except表示“除……之外”。