SECTION 1: LISTENING TEST (30 minutes)
Part A: Spot Dictation
Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear a passage and read the same passage with blanks in it. Fill in each of the blanks with the words you have heard on the tape. Write your answer in the corresponding space in your ANSWER BOOKLET. Remember you will hear. the passage ONLY ONCE.
A United Nations conference has adopted measures to speed up global action to protect people and the environment _______ (1). The measures were adopted at a conference in Geneva called to strengthen the Basel Convention, a U.N. treaty that laid down _______ (2) for the disposal and management of hazardous wastes.
The United Nations estimates the world produces around _______ (3) tons of hazardous waste each year. The major achievement of the conference, which _______ (4), was the adoption of a strategic plan to deal with all this waste.
Over the next seven years, the plan aims to implement concrete measures to _______ (5) from hazardous stockpiles of _______ (6), used tools, toxic substances in ships, and so on.
The Basel Convention, which was _______ (7), outlawed the transfer of hazardous and toxic waste from developed to developing countries. Since then, _______ (8) in these toxic substances has decreased. But the illegal trade in these substances _______ (9).
It is common knowledge that _______ (10) brings money. It is a business and there is interest in having _______ (11), not paying the proper cost of treatment, _______ (12). And if there is opportunity for disposing of such hazardous waste cheaply in someone else's backyard, _______ (13).
The conference also approved _______ (14) on the disposal and recycling of batteries, plastic bottles, _______ (15).
According to a U.N. environmental official, hazardous waste comes in many forms, all of them _______ (16).
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