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Debate: Should Heat Waves Be Named Like Hurricanes?

Thousands of people die from extreme heat-related causes each year, and deadly heat waves are expected to become more frequent in the future. Some have suggested a new approach to the problem: giving heat waves names. They say naming heat waves, similar to the way hurricanes are named, would draw more attention to these dangerous weather events, potentially saving lives. Others argue that too many named weather events could become tiresome, and people may tune them out. Listen to hear experts discuss how to raise awareness of heat waves and then debate: Should heat waves be named like hurricanes?


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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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