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Western Drought Most Severe in 1200 Years

The American Southwest is experiencing the driest period in over a thousand years. The drought, affecting Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and other states, has continued for 22 years, and scientists who specialize in megadroughts, or dry periods lasting several decades or more, say it shows no signs of ending. Water levels in rivers, aquifers, and reservoirs have dropped as people continue to use water that is not being replenished fast enough. Listen to learn what a new study says must be done to preserve precious supplies of water.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • 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?

Discussion Themes

  • 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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