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CNN News: 非洲之角遭遇沙漠蝗虫之灾

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10 Second Trivia. What animal would you find in the family acrididae? Aphid, marmot, sea horse or locust. In the family acrididae you'll find grasshoppers and locusts. 
 
10秒快速问答。你能在蝗科中发现哪种动物?蚜虫、土拨鼠、海马或蝗虫。在蝗科中,你会发现蚱蜢和蝗虫。

Imagine seeing an approaching cloud that's massive, 37 miles long and 25 miles wide and instead of water or dust it's a cloud of locusts. That's the size of just one of the swarms that's descended this year on eastern Africa. Specifically these are desert locusts. The most destructive type of locusts that eats food and that's terrible news in a region that's food insecure, meaning there are already problems with people getting enough to eat.
 
想象一下,当你看到一团巨大的“云”,37英里长,25英里宽,而不是水或灰尘,而是一团蝗虫云。这只是今年落在东非的蜂群中的一个。特别是沙漠蝗虫。最具破坏性的蝗虫会吃东西,这对一个食物不安全的地区来说是个可怕的消息,这意味着人们已经面临着吃饱的问题。
 
The United Nations says this is the worst invasion of desert locusts in 25 years. What might have made it so bad was a cyclone, a major storm that hit parts of Somalia and Ethiopia last December. That brought a lot of rain to the region and that creates the best conditions for these pests to breed. The United Nations wants the world to contribute more than $75 million so pesticides can be sprayed to kill the insects. 

联合国称这是25年来最严重的沙漠蝗虫入侵。去年12月袭击索马里和埃塞俄比亚部分地区的强热带风暴可能使情况变得如此糟糕。这给该地区带来了大量降雨,为这些害虫的繁殖创造了最佳条件。联合国希望全世界捐款超过7500万美元,这样就可以喷洒杀虫剂来杀死昆虫。

BECKY ANDERSON, CNN ANCHOR: Ravenous and ruthless, locusts have been known and feared by the world's most ancient civilizations but their biblical emphamy is all too real today. Right now millions of these insects are sweeping across the farm lands of east Africa. Some reports say there are billions destroying crops and threatening livelihoods. For farmers across the region this is the sound of danger. 
 
CNN 记者:贪婪无情的蝗虫是世界上古代所熟知和惧怕的,但依据圣经,它们却真实存在。现在,数百万只这种昆虫正在席卷东非的农田。一些报道称,有数十亿蝗虫破坏农作物,威胁生计。对于整个地区的农民来说,这是危险的消息。


 
10 Second Trivia. What animal would you find in the family acrididae? Aphid, marmot, sea horse or locust. In the family acrididae you'll find grasshoppers and locusts. 

Imagine seeing an approaching cloud that's massive, 37 miles long and 25 miles wide and instead of water or dust it's a cloud of locusts. That's the size of just one of the swarms that's descended this year on eastern Africa. Specifically these are desert locusts. The most destructive type of locusts that eats food and that's terrible news in a region that's food insecure, meaning there are already problems with people getting enough to eat. The United Nations says this is the worst invasion of desert locusts in 25 years. What might have made it so bad was a cyclone, a major storm that hit parts of Somalia and Ethiopia last December. That brought a lot of rain to the region and that creates the best conditions for these pests to breed. The United Nations wants the world to contribute more than $75 million so pesticides can be sprayed to kill the insects. 

BECKY ANDERSON, CNN ANCHOR: Ravenous and ruthless, locusts have been known and feared by the world's most ancient civilizations but their biblical emphamy is all too real today. Right now millions of these insects are sweeping across the farm lands of east Africa. Some reports say there are billions destroying crops and threatening livelihoods. For farmers across the region this is the sound of danger. 


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