Teleprompter Challenge: UN Weather Report

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Text (219 words)

A new report released by the United Nations indicates extreme weather events have increased fivefold over the past 50 years, while the number of fatalities related to those events has dropped.

Officials from the U.N.’s weather and climate agency introduced the report during a briefing from the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. The report shows weather-related disasters have occurred on average at a rate of one per day over the past five decades, killing an average of 115 people and causing  202 million dollars in losses every day..

Mami Mizutori, U.N. special representative for disaster risk reduction, told reporters she found the report “quite alarming.” She noted that this past July was the hottest July on record, marked by heat waves and floods around the world. The study shows that more people are suffering due to this increased frequency and intensity of weather events.

Mizutori said 31 million people were displaced by natural disasters last year, almost surpassing the number displaced by conflicts. She said on average, 26 million people per year are pushed into poverty by extreme weather events. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic is compounding the problem.

The U.N. disaster risk specialist said, “We live in this multihazard world, and it demonstrates that we really need to invest more in disaster risk reduction and prevention.”

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* To calculate words per minute, divide the number of words by the time it takes to read the passage (first word to last word).
For example, if it took you 2 minutes and 8 seconds…
2 minutes and 8 seconds = 128 seconds.
128 / 60 = 2.13 minutes.
219 / 2.13 = 103 words/minute.

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