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The northwestern Pacific produces some of the world’s most intense and most devastating tropical cyclones, called typhoons in the Pacific and hurricanes in the Atlantic. In 2013, typhoon Haiyan, the strongest land falling typhoon on record, hit the Philippines, killing at least 6,300 people and affecting 11 million.

The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northern Australia, has long been one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders, and it is the world’s largest living structure even visible from outer space. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It is home to countless species of colorful fish, mollusks and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks.

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THE vine has completely dominated Georgia, USA, and has reached the north shore of Lake Erie, positioning itself near Leamington, Ontario, Canada. Known in the United States as “the vine that ate the South”, it continued to reach for world domination. In the 1930s and 1940s the US government subsidized farmers to plant an estimated three million acres of Kudzu to help combat soil erosion from poor farming practices. By the early 1950s, however, the Soil Conservation Service was quietly back-pedaling on its big kudzu push. In the 1990s, it was placed on the Federal Noxious Weed List.

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Here is one of example of non-native species that quickly became an enormous, invasive problem. Kudzu, also known as “mile-a-minute vine” is one of the world’s worst invasive species. This species has become a very serious problem in United States.

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Early in 2011, nuclear energy accounted for almost 30% of Japan’s total electricity production (29% in 2009). There were plans to increase this to 41% by 2017, and 50% by 2030. Nuclear power has been expected to play an even bigger role in Japan’s future.

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Japan’s sixth Kounotori (white stork), an unmanned spacecraft, arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) to deliver about 6 tons of cargo including supplies, experiments, and Christmas gifts for the crew. The Kounotori-6 cargo ship, also called HTV-6, was captured by the outpost’s robotic Canadarm2 at 5:37 a.m. EST (10:37 GMT) Dec. 13, 2016.

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