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OPINION: Greenland's dreams of big money from oil have, so far, been dashed by economic realities, but there is potential for growth in sales of another precious liquid -- water -- as long as sources remain pure and unpolluted.Mia Bennett
The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission is expected to submit its final report to the Legislature on Friday. Companion bills introduced in both houses identify four areas of focus: economic and resource development, infrastructure, health communities and a state-based agenda for science and research.Associated Press
Russian air carriers are struggling with massive debt, a collapsed ruble and a dearth of customers; one company has already secured a government loan guarantee.. Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer
The decision was made after Russian authorities classified the Nordic Council of Ministers -- an organization that has operated for 20 years in Russia -- as a "foreign agent." Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
A plan to allow oil major Royal Dutch Shell to use Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic drilling fleet is drawing opposition from environmental groups that say it's not consistent with the region's environmental goals.Phuong Le
The Coast Guard has begun accepting public comment on proposed vessel routes to the Arctic Ocean off western and northwest Alaska.Associated Press
A survey that is refining maps of Finland's surface and forests is providing another benefit -- new and ultra-precise information about areas suitable for use by the country's wildlife. YLE News
Predator declines in Sweden reverse previous population trends, but harbor seals are making a comeback.Radio Sweden
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