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Scientists Warn El Nino Coral Damage Could be Worst Ever

Scientists Thursday warned the world faced mass global coral bleaching next year driven by the warming effects of the El Nino weather phenomenon, and it could be the worst on record.

A study by the University of Queensland and the US National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration said it would be only the third recorded global bleaching event in history, with areas such as Australia's Great Barrier Reef set to be hard hit.

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Sneezing Monkey, 'Walking' Fish Found in Himalayas

A monkey that sneezes when it rains and a "walking" fish are among more than 200 species discovered in the fragile eastern Himalayas in recent years, according to conservation group WWF.

WWF has compiled a survey of wildlife discovered by scientists across Bhutan, northeast India, Nepal, north Myanmar and southern Tibet in a bid to raise awareness of the threats facing the ecologically sensitive region.

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Lead Scientist of Pluto Expedition has Book Deal

You've seen the images from Pluto. Now, the lead scientist of the historic NASA expedition is ready to tell the whole story.

Alan Stern, principal investigator of the New Horizons mission, has a deal with Picador for a "behind the scenes" account of July's flyby.

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Russian Supply Ship Docks at Space Station

An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked with the International Space Station, bringing the astronauts aboard 2.3 tons (2.5 short tons) of supplies ranging from air to garlic.

The Progress M-29M spacecraft blasted off from Russia's space launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on Thursday night docked with the space station shortly before 2 a.m. Moscow time Friday (2300 GMT Thursday).

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India Unveils Green Energy Targets to Meet U.N. Goals

India on Friday unveiled new renewable energy targets to help slash its high level of greenhouse gas emissions, in a plan submitted to the U.N. in the run-up to a conference in Paris later this year.

India, the world's third largest emitter, formally submitted its climate plans ahead of the COP21 conference that opens on November 30 in Paris with the aim of sealing a far-reaching global agreement on cutting Earth-warming emissions.

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EU Threatens Taiwan, Comoros with Ban over Illegal Fishing

The European Union is threatening to take trade action against Taiwan and the Comoros if they do not contain within six months illegal and unregulated fishing, which is a major contributor to the depletion of key commercial stocks.

At the same time, the 28-nation trade bloc lifted the so-called yellow card from Ghana and Papua New Guinea after both nations took sufficient measures to crack down on the illegal practices.

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Hong Kong Expecting First Ever Panda Birth

It's a happy moment that's been a long time coming, but after years of trying, Hong Kong panda Ying Ying is finally expecting a cub, keepers said Thursday, a first ever for the southern Chinese city.

The 10-year-old panda began showing signs of pregnancy in July, after several attempts -- both natural and artificial -- at insemination, said a spokeswoman for Ocean Park, where the animal lives.

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Europe's Ariane 5 Launches Two Satellites into Space

Europe's Ariane 5 rocket launcher successfully sent two telecoms satellites, one for Australia and one for Argentina, into space on Wednesday.

They were launched from Kourou, in French Guiana, at around 05:30 pm local time, according to launch company Arianespace.

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Endangered Fur Seals Dying on California Coast

Eighty fur seals have been found stranded or dead on California's coast so far this year, eight times more than normal, scientists said Tuesday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said 42 of the seals were found dead and the remainder were found alive but half-starving.

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Study: New York City at Greater Flood Risk amid Global Warming

New York City faces an increased risk of flooding, similar to what occurred during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, as global warming causes more frequent storms and sea levels to rise, scientists said.

Researchers reported that mega-storms on America's northeast coast could begin occurring every 25 years or so, compared to every 500 years before industrialization, in a study out Tuesday.

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