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Meteor that Hit Russia May have had Close Shave with Sun

The meteor that injured over 1,500 people when it exploded and showered debris over Russia in February may have had a close shave with the Sun earlier, researchers said Tuesday.

A study of its composition showed the space rock had undergone "intensive melting" before entering Earth's atmosphere and streaking over the central Russia's Chelyabinsk region in a blinding fireball, they said in a statement.

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London, a Playground for 10,000 Urban Foxes

To some they are a nuisance, even a danger. To others, London's 10,000 foxes are a delightful reminder that this concrete wilderness is teeming with wildlife.

The ruddy brown creatures seem out of place on the streets of the British capital -- but they are now so common that 70 percent of Londoners will have seen one slinking around in the last week, according to a recent survey.

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Can U.N. Scientists Revive Drive against Climate Change?

A leaden cloak of responsibility lies on the shoulders of U.N. scientists as they put the final touches to the first volume of a massive report that will give the world the most detailed picture yet of climate change.

Due to be unveiled in Stockholm on September 27, the document will be scrutinised word by word by green groups, fossil-fuel lobbies and governments to see if it will yank climate change out of prolonged political limbo.

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Science Points to a New Global Warming Source

Oceans that grow more acidic through Man's fossil fuel burning emissions, can amplify global warming by releasing less of a gas that helps shield Earth from radiation, a study said Sunday.

And the authors warned the potentially vast effect they uncovered is not currently factored into climate change projections.

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Greenpeace Protests Shell Arctic Drilling at Belgian GP

Greenpeace activists paraglided to the top of the main stand of the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday to protest against drilling in the Arctic by the race's main sponsor, the Shell oil giant.

Six Greenpeace activists unfurled a banner that read "Arctic Oil? Shell No!" just before the race began, paragliding onto the roof in full view of thousands of spectators.

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Dead Sea, Red Sea Plan Raises Environmental Hackles

A plan to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea could save it from total evaporation and bring desalinated water to thirsty neighbors Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians.

But environmentalists warn that the "Red-Dead" project could have dire consequences, altering the unique chemistry of the landmark inland lake at the lowest point on earth.

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Puerto Rico Unprepared for Climate Change

Environmental officials and scientists warned Friday that Puerto Rico is dangerously vulnerable to the effects of global climate change and urged it to prepare by better-regulated coastal development, and perhaps even by building artificial reefs.

The storm-caused floods and erosion that have always affected the U.S. Caribbean territory are expected to grow worse as temperatures and seas rise, perhaps by 22 inches (57 centimeters) by 2060, according to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study.

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Greenpeace Ship Defies Russia by Entering Arctic Route

Greenpeace said on Saturday it had defied the Russian authorities by sending its icebreaker through an Arctic shipping route to protest against oil drilling in the fragile ecosystem.

Earlier this week the global environmental group said Russia had refused its ship permission to enter the Northern Sea Route on several occasions citing concerns about the icebreaker's ability to withstand thick ice.

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Baby Panda is Born at U.S. Zoo, but Who's the Daddy?

A giant panda gave birth to a cub at the U.S. National Zoo on Friday, raising hopes for a rare success after a series of false pregnancies and a death.

"WE HAVE A CUB!!" the zoo announced on Twitter, after the birth was shown live on two Internet webcams from the panda's den.

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Scientists Explore Deepest Trough in Caribbean Sea

The man whose research team discovered the wreckage of the Titanic has now turned his attention to the deepest trough of the Caribbean Sea.

Dr. Robert Ballard was aboard a 211-foot (64-meter) research vessel with dozens of other scientists to probe the Cayman Trough this week and collect samples of organisms they say might reveal how life might exist on other planets.

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