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Heavy Air Pollution in 80% of Chinese Cities

Pollution in nearly 80 percent of Chinese cities surveyed by Greenpeace "greatly exceeded" national standards over the first nine months of this year, the advocacy group said on Thursday.

The average level of PM2.5 particulates -- small enough to deeply penetrate the lungs -- in the 367 cities tested was also more than four times the maximum recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), Greenpeace said.

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Pregnant Chimp Adopts Orphan in 'Unheard of' Act

An Australian zoo Wednesday unveiled a baby chimp adopted by a pregnant female in an "unheard of" act after his mother died during birth.

The baby, whose name Boon means blessing, was orphaned when mum Soona died shortly after he was born at Monarto Zoo, southeast of Adelaide, late last week.

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Hot or Not: Were dinos Warm-Blooded?

A new method to chemically analyze dinosaur egg shells has allowed scientists to gauge the extinct lizards' body temperature, researchers said on Tuesday.

The findings support recent work by other teams that dinosaurs were neither warm- nor cold-blooded, but somewhere in between, researchers wrote in the journal Nature Communications.

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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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