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container, convenience, cozy, fossil, fuels, hauling, institute, recycle, recycling, tap

Drinking Water: Bottled or From the Tap?

Text by Catherine Clarke Fox

source: National Geographic

If your family is like many in the United States, unloading the week’s groceries includes hauling a case or two of bottled water into your home. On your way to a soccer game or activity, it’s easy to grab a cold one right out of the fridge, right?

But all those plastic bottles use a lot of fossil fuels and pollute the environment. In fact, Americans buy more bottled water than any other nation in the world, adding 29 billion water bottles a year to the problem. In order to make all these bottles, manufactueres use 17 million barrels of crude oil. That’s enough oil to keep a million cars going for twelve months.

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 activity第三級[名詞] 活動
 barrels第三級barrel(大桶) 的複數
 billion第三級[名詞] (美國)十億; billion((美國)十億) 的複數
 fossil第四級[形容詞] 化石的;守舊的; [名詞] 化石;守舊的人(或事物)
 fuels第四級fuel(加燃料;加油) 的第三人稱單數現在式; fuel(燃料) 的複數
 grab第三級[動詞] 攫取,抓取; [名詞] 攫取,霸佔
 groceries第三級grocery(食品雜貨; 食品雜貨店) 的複數
 plastic第三級[形容詞] 可塑的,塑性的;整形的; [名詞] 塑膠;塑膠製品;信用卡
 pollute第三級[動詞] 污染
 tap第三級[動詞] 輕拍,輕叩; [名詞] 龍頭;竊聽器
 text第三級[名詞] 正文,本文
 united第三級[形容詞] 聯合的; unite(統一;使團結) 的過去式及過去分詞