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Marine conservation group, the Sea Shepherd, is gearing up for another Southern Ocean expedition in time for an Antarctic summer. The group suspects the Japanese will not return to kill whales this hunting season, but if they do, they will drive them back to Japan. The International Court of Justice declared in March this year Japanese whaling in the area is illegal.
September brought more record heat globally, and U.S. meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie for the hottest year ever recorded.
The Republic of the Maldives is the smallest country in Asia, both by landmass and population. It is also the country with the lowest elevation on Earth, rising to only 1.5 meters above sea level. Due to climate change, the Maldive Islands are under threat of rising sea levels. In
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