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Bob’s 5 Minute IELTS

Bob’s 5 Minute IELTS : The Environment 1

Reading Passage: The Impact of Plastic Pollution on Oceans

Continuing the theme of the environment, here is a simple reading using the question style TRUE?FALSE?NOT GIVEN

The answers are at the bottom of the page.

Plastic pollution has become a pressing environmental issue, particularly in oceans, where its detrimental effects on marine life are increasingly evident. The pervasive use of single-use plastics has led to widespread contamination of water bodies, posing significant threats to ecosystems and biodiversity.

Plastic waste often finds its way into the oceans through various channels, such as improper disposal, stormwater runoff, and inadequate waste management practices. Once in the marine environment, plastics break down into microplastics, tiny particles that are ingested by marine organisms, leading to bioaccumulation in the food chain.


1. Plastic pollution is only caused by improper disposal.

  • True / False / Not Given

2. The primary source of plastic pollution in oceans is stormwater runoff.

  • True / False / Not Given

3. Microplastics are harmful only to marine organisms.

  • True / False / Not Given

4. Plastic pollution has a positive impact on biodiversity.

  • True / False / Not Given

5. Inadequate waste management practices contribute to plastic pollution in oceans.

  • True / False / Not Given

Answer Key:

  1. False (Plastic pollution is caused by various factors, not just improper disposal.)
  2. Not Given (The passage does not specify the primary source of plastic pollution.)
  3. False (Microplastics can harm marine organisms and may enter the food chain.)
  4. False (Plastic pollution has a negative impact on biodiversity.)
  5. True (Inadequate waste management practices are mentioned as one of the channels through which plastic waste enters oceans.)

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