Climate change and evolution – 6 Minute English

In the 1830s Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos islands in the Pacific Ocean. He studied the unique animals living on the islands. Darwin’s trip led him to the theory of evolution.
In today’s episode, Sam and Rob discuss the impact of climate change on today’s wildlife. Can animals evolve quickly enough to survive a changing climate? Join us to explore this topic and learn the useful vocabulary you need to talk about it!

This week’s question:
What was the name of the ship Charles Darwin sailed to the Galapagos in?
a) HMS Beagle
b) HMS Victory
c) SS Great Britain

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


the way living things change and adapt to their environment, and pass on these adaptations to their children

flora and fauna
the plants (flora) and animals (fauna) of a place

dull, boring, and colourless in appearance

the hard, pointed part of a bird’s mouth

cling on
hold on very tight to something

characteristic determined by your genes

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