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July 2003

We invite you to speak your mind on these hot topics and global issues plucked from the pages of National Geographic magazine. For more on the subject go to the online feature page, or read the July issue of NGM.

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Korea's DMZ

It remains to be seen whether North Korea can back up its threat to expand its nuclear program and sell reprocessed fissionable material on the open market. But China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States take it seriously enough to negotiate continued talks on what the Kim Jong Il regime as a nuclear power could mean for East Asia and how to defuse the crisis. Although military action is not the first choice, and North Korea has said it would treat sanctions as an act of war, neither alternative has been ruled out. What options are available to the international community for forcing North Korea to disarm? Enter>>

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Atlantic Salmon

The mass production of farmed salmon is taking a heavy toll on those in the wild. Hundreds of millions of caged salmon have contaminated the waters around their pens. They spread diseases and sea lice to wild salmon. Large numbers of the domesticated fish have escaped and begun breeding with their wild kin, which could lead to a hybrid less capable of making spawning and feeding journeys. Continued consumer demand for both farmed and wild salmon will exacerbate the problem. What responsibility do consumers have to protect salmon in the wild? How far should we go to resolve the crisis? Would you be willing to pay more for salmon raised in more environmentally sound conditions? Should we stop eating salmon altogether? Enter>>

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Hip Zips

Nominate your favorite zip or postal code for coverage in the pages of National Geographic. Our magazine series—ZipUSA—takes a periodic peek at special corners of the country by zip code. We like the concept so much that we're going global and extending our stories to include international postal codes as well. So describe a weird, wacky, wonderful locale of your own choosing—it just might make it into the magazine—and read postings from other folks too. Enter>>



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