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But if buy canada goose jacket cheap some countries are seriously considering floating cities as a response to rising sea levels, is there any scientific merit to the idea? Could floating cities be environmentally responsible? And would anyone want to live on one? We’ll come to these questions shortly. And, strangely, we’ll also end up in North Korea by canada goose deals the end of this story.
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