[196] Global Earth Hour


Global Earth Hour was observed on March 19th. Cities around the world turned off their lights for one hour in order to draw attention to Global heating and the need to reduce carbon emissions. The lights of the Sydney Opera House and the Eiffel Tower were turned off, along with the lights of thousands of other buildings. Many people gathered by simple candlelight in public places. There are several ways to participate in Earth Hour: turn off computers, TVs, and other devices; turn off lights and heating appliances; and prepare cold meals without using gas or electricity.

draw attention: 注目を引く
carbon emissions: 炭素排出


A new airplane crash smartphone app can help travelers prepare for airplane crashes and evacuation. The app is called “Prepare for Impact” and helps passengers understand what they need to do to escape a fire on board, a crash into water, or an engine fire. The program was created by the University of Udine in Italy, with the aim of increasing safety awareness for airline passengers. It is available for iPhone, iPad and Android systems.

evacuation : 避難


flight time

Brett: How long will it take you to get to Taiwan?

Laura: It will take more than one hour to get to Narita airport, and two hours to check in, but the flight time to Taipei is only two hours.

Brett: With such a short flight time, you will just be able to take a nap and eat a light meal. You might not even have time to watch a movie on the inflight entertainment system.

Explanation: When travelling by airplane, the “flight time” is the length of time that the airplane is actually in the air.

flight time: 飛行時間
take a nap: 昼寝をする


it comes in waves

Patient: Sometimes I get completely nauseous and I feel like I’m going to faint. Why is this happening to me?

Doctor: Let me ask you a few questions. First of all, is this a constant feeling?

Patient: No, it sort of comes in waves, and then fades away.

Explanation: When a patient says that their pain or condition “comes in waves” they mean that the feeling slowly gets stronger, and then slowly goes away, like waves getting stronger and weaker in the ocean.

in waves: 波状
nausea (noun)/nauseous (adj): 嘔気・吐き気を催す


away from his desk

Hello Jeffrey:

Thank you for contacting us with your offer of working with our company. I have received your CV by email this morning. The human resources director is away from his desk at the moment, but as soon as he returns, I will inform him of your interest in our company.

Explanation: When we say that a coworker is “away from his desk” it can mean that they are not in the office, or are too busy to respond to a request. Usually we use the phrase “I’m afraid Mr. X is away from his desk. Would you like to leave a message for him?

away from their desk: 席を外しております