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The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis is BACK! Ep. 44 - Natural Disasters on the Rise

Celebrate, Extempers! YuYu and Spencer have triumphantly returned with Episode 44 of The Half Hour! Extempers, you are at the right place to learn, grab some research, and improve your extemporaneous craft. In this episode, YuYu and Spencer discuss the troubling pattern of natural disasters.


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44 | Natural Disasters are on the Rise

-----Description of Podcast-----

2023 has been one of the hottest recorded years in world history. Additionally, natural disaster events are becoming bigger and more costly. In this episode of The Half Hour, YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis explore the rise of natural disasters.

Thumbnail Image: Lee, Alfred. Photograph. United Nations. October 5, 2023.

-----Possible Extemp Questions-----

Are the European Union’s renewable energy targets too ambitious?

-----Sources from this Video-----

The Guardian - Tens of thousands in NYC march against fossil fuels as AOC hails powerful message -

The Nation - Exclude Fossil Fuel Firms From COP 28 if They Only Want to Obstruct -

PBS News Hour - European Union lawmakers back a major plan to protect nature and fight climate change -

IEA - Is the European Union on track to meet its REPowerEU goals? -

Climate Change News - The EU lacks ambition on Cop28 renewable targets -

Axios - “NOAA: 2023 worst year on record for billion-dollar disasters” -

-----About The Half Hour-----

The Half Hour is a current events podcast designed with the intention of helping Extemp competitors (and other Speech and Debate members, as well as listening for the general public) understand the importance of political, social, or economical events on a domestic and international scale. As Extemp competitors only have half an hour to prep a speech, the podcast is designed to brief competitors in the same amount of time it would take for them to prep. Each episode looks at both sides of current events while providing background information to help expand upon the issue. The Half Hour also looks into common questions that people may be asked relating to current events and will work to answer them based on credible news sources from both sides.

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Hosts: YuYu Yuan, Spencer Travis

Produced By: Spencer Travis

Edited By: Spencer Travis

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