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Alpine Project Offers Stunning 360 Virtual View of Eiger

A project using custom-made 360-degree cameras mounted on the backs of climbers scaling the Eiger in the Swiss Alps has captured a unique and dizzying view of the mountain's infamous north face.

Expert mountaineers Stephan Siegrist and Daniel Arnold climbed the legendary original route up a 1,800-metre (5,905-foot) wall, first conquered in 1938, over a two-day period in April.

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U.N. Climate Chief Says 'Door Closing' on Warming Fix

U.N. climate change chief Christiana Figueres on Tuesday warned time was running out for meaningful action on global warming, citing the plight of low-lying Pacific nations facing ever rising seas.

Figueres, in Samoa for a U.N. conference on small island states, said the impact of climate change was greatest on Pacific nations, even though they had contributed little to the problem.

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Mexico Investigates Huge Fish Kill in Lagoon

Fishermen collect dead "popocha" fish at the Cajititlan lagoon in Tlajomulco …

Fishermen used shovels, wheel-carts and trucks in western Mexico to pull tons of dead fish out of a lagoon that has been the scene of four fish kills this year.

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Cave Markings 'Bring Neanderthals Closer to Us'

Markings dating back 40,000 years suggest Neanderthals were considerably more sophisticated than previously thought, researchers say.

They reached their conclusions after the discovery of engravings deep in Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar -- the first Neanderthal cave etchings found anywhere in the world.

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Great Barrier Reef Dredge Dumping Plan Could be Shelved

An India-backed mining consortium could shelve controversial plans to dump dredging waste in the Great Barrier Reef, with alternative sites on land being considered amid growing environmental concerns, Australia said Tuesday.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt said there was an "emerging option" that could see the consortium -- India's Adani Group and Australia's North Queensland Bulk Ports and GVK Hancock -- submit a proposal suggesting onshore dumping locations.

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Japan Space Agency Unveils Asteroid Hunting Probe

Japanese space scientists have unveiled the asteroid hunting space probe they hope to launch later this year on a mission to mine a celestial body.

The probe, named Hayabusa-2, is expected to be flung into space on a rocket for a mammoth four year voyage to the unpoetically-named 1999JU3 asteroid.

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Jinxed Finnish Nuclear Plant to Function almost a Decade Late

A jinxed new-generation nuclear reactor for Finland is to begin producing electricity in 2018, nine years late, one of the main partners in the project, Areva of France, said on Monday.

The expected losses arising from delays on construction of the plant, using advanced technology known as EPR, remain at 3.9 billion euros ($5.1 billion), Areva said.

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Fukushima Accepts 'Temporary' Radioactive Waste Storage

The governor of disaster-struck Fukushima agreed Monday to accept the "temporary" storage of nuclear waste from the Japanese accident, paving the way for an end to a years-long standoff.

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Shell Files New Plan to Drill in Arctic

Royal Dutch Shell has submitted a new plan for drilling in the Arctic offshore Alaska, more than one year after halting its program following several embarrassing mishaps.

The plan to drill two new wells in the potentially oil-rich but environmentally sensitive region in the summer of 2015 is not a final decision, the company stressed.

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Report: Panasonic, Tata Join Hands in Water Treatment

Japan's Panasonic will develop a water purification system together with India's Tata Group, tapping into a fast-growing market in Asia, a media report said Saturday.

The electronics giant has developed a prototype of a device that will detoxify harmful substances in groundwater, making it potentially safe to drink, the Japanese economic daily Nikkei said.

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