World Briefs: Sun ray deflection idea would backfire if ended

Sun ray deflection idea would backfire if ended

PARIS • Proposed geoengineering schemes designed to deflect some of the sun's planet-warming rays would backfire if suddenly discontinued, wiping out species and entire ecosystems, a study published on Monday warns.

Half a century's worth of warming could rebound in a handful of years, dooming many amphibians, mammals, corals and land plants to local or global extinction, according to the findings, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

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Powerful earthquake strikes off Alaska coast

WASHINGTON • A powerful 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska early yesterday, sparking tsunami warnings along the Pacific coasts of the United States and Canada, although they were later called off.

The quake struck at 12.31am (5.31pm Singapore time) in the Gulf of Alaska, 280km south-east of Kodiak town, said the US Geological Survey.

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40 refugees leave Aussie camps for US

SYDNEY • Dozens of refugees held for years in Australia's remote Pacific detention camps departed for resettlement in the United States yesterday, said asylum-seeker advocates.

The Sydney-based Refugee Action Coalition said 40 men flew out from Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby under a deal struck by Australia with former US president Barack Obama, but criticised by his successor Donald Trump.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 24, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe