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Oil Spill Impacts Wetland Ecosystems

Oil that leaked from an underwater pipeline off the coast of California has polluted an ecologically valuable wetland. The Talbert Marsh is a popular stop for many species of migratory birds, and, like other wetlands, contributes significantly to a clean global environment. Removing the oil and restoring the marsh to its previous state could take ten years or more. Listen to learn about the importance of wetlands to global ecosystems and why the timing of the damaging spill is offering conservationists a glimmer of hope.


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  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

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  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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