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Here are the most common phrasal verbs related to the environment:
Call for – require
Climate change calls for drastic changes to our lifestyles.
Call off – cancel
We had better not call off the protest against climate change.
Clear up – when the weather becomes better/clean
We ought to clear up the plastic from our beaches.
Cool down – make colder
Global temperatures will not cool down until we reduce the amount of carbon gasses we release into the atmosphere.
Cut down (on) – reduce
We need to cut down on the amount of electricity we use.
Cut down (trees) – chop trees down
Large corporations cut down too many trees in our rainforests.
Cut out – stop using/doing
We need to cut out using disposable plastic bottles.
Deal with – handle
How could we deal with global warming?
Die out – when all of sth dies
About 30% of all species will doe out in the next 100 years.
Dispose of – get rid of
We need to find a solution to the disposal of plastic waste.
Face up to – accept as true
National governments need to face up t0 the consequences of their actions.
Give off – emit (fumes etc.)
Cars give off many fumes.
Heat up – make hotter
The weather is heating up due to the effect of greenhouse gasses.
Look after – take care of
People should look after the local natural area.
Put down to – suggest that sth is the result of sth
I put global warming down to bad long-term planning.
Stand for – represent sth
I stand for the rights of all living species.
Stand up for – defend/protect
We need to stand up for animal rights.
Throw away – get rid of/put in the bin
We should always recycle instead of just throwing things away.
Wipe out – eliminate
Many species in the oceans have already been wiped out.