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Addressing the issue of climate change for the first time, the primary US defence-planning document – the Quadrennial Defense Review – noted that global warming, energy security and economic stability are inextricably linked, Grist reported. Climate impacts and disasters will accelerate instability and conflict around the globe, the review said.

A proposed new US government climate information service is meant to help businesses adapt to the impacts of climate change and spur new technologies to cope with it, according to Reuters.

By 2050, melting Arctic ice could cost global agriculture, real estate and insurance from US$2.4 trillion to US$24 trillion in damage due to rising sea levels, floods and heat waves, Reuters quoted a report financed by the Pew Environment Group as saying.

Finnish researchers called for a revision of climate-change estimates after their findings showed emissions from soil would contribute more to climate warming than had been thought, Agence France-Presse said.

Dreams of turning Australia’s tropical north into a major food bowl to replace drought-stricken southern farmlands -- and to help feed Asia -- have been crushed by a sustainable development review citing water limitations, according to Reuters.

A drought that has long gripped south-western Australia is linked with higher snowfall in East Antarctica, a phenomenon that may be rooted in global warming, say researchers writing in Nature Geoscience and quoted by Agence France-Presse.

A colony of sea lions from the Galapagos Islands has migrated 1,500 kilometres to Peru’s northern coast, according to Lima-based researchers. The Christian Science Monitor asks if climate change prompted the migration.

Activists vowing to stop the killing of whales exchanged water-cannon fire with a Japanese whaling fleet they are tailing in the Antarctic Ocean, the Associated Press  reported.

A United Nations scientific agency backed an EU-supported proposal to ban international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna, according to Reuters.

India imposed a six-month moratorium on the commercial launch of a genetically modified variety of aubergine, saying further research was needed, said The Guardian.

Nomadic African herders are vital for the continent’s prosperity, but their way of life is being undermined by governments, conservationists and large-scale farmers, according to a new study cited by The Guardian.

As Vancouver awaits the start of the Olympic Winter Games, snow is being brought in from around British Columbia following the Canadian province’s warmest January on record, the Canadian Press reported.

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