|English to Chinese: A Changing Planet|
|Source text - English|
A Changing Planet
The overlapping spheres of climate, energy and environment pose some of the most pressing problems the world faces today. Many scientists believe climate change is occurring more rapidly than predicted. In addition to natural sources of environmental change, humans are increasingly contributing to the breakdown of natural cycles on Planet Earth. Many blame the greenhouse effect for the rapidly melting polar ice caps, thawing permafrost, changing seasonal weather patterns, and rising sea levels. The industrialized world uses vast amounts of energy, but consumption is also increasing dramatically in developing countries such as China and India with their respective populations of over one billion. Sources of fossil fuels are finite and overuse is harmful to the environment. So how do we meet global energy needs? The search for answers has begun. But it is not just government and science that need to act. Every citizen can contribute to the solution in his or her own way.
|Translation - Chinese|
气候、能量和环境已成为当今社会所面对的严重问题。 许多科学家都纷纷认为气候的变化比预测更迅速地发生。再加上自然环境变动，人类不断地破坏地球大自然的循环周期。许多人都认为温室效应造成冰地迅速熔化，解冻冻土、改变季节和提升海平面。工业界消耗了大量能量，不过在发展中国家例如多于一亿人口的中国大陆和印度却提升了消耗量。矿物燃料的来源是有限的，过度使用对环境有害。那我们要如何供应全球能源的需求呢？答案已开始被揭开了。但这并不只是政府和科学所展开的行动， 而是每个公民以各自的方式作出的贡献。