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The Arctic Wire
News from the North

While the long-term trend of less summer Arctic ice is clear, the short-term outlook for total melt in any given year is far murkier, thanks to the many and sometimes highly volatile factors that drive the final outcome.


Yereth Rosen
Energy giant Shell announced a deal to share leases and exploration expenses with Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and six North Slope Inupiat village corporations.Yereth Rosen
Maps can look very different, depending on which nation's interests are represented or whether development or environmental protection is the focus.Mia Bennett
A program giving consumers rebates for buying "super green" cars needs more money to stay in business. Radio Sweden
Until recently, the Arctic Ocean's central Beaufort Sea was ice-covered throughout the summer. But with a greater expanse of open water, scientists are tracking how waves and well-traveled swells could accelerate the loss of summer ice.Pete Spotts
The Porcupine Caribou Herd could face difficulty in coming years if a trend of increased wildfires in northern Alaska and Canada continue to threaten the animals' wintertime food source of lichen, according to a new study.Yereth Rosen
Conservationists are urging Finland's Ministry of Agriculture to do more to protect critically endangered seals from fishing-net entanglements, and Swedish experts call for cuts in use of plastics to protect the ocean environment. YLE News and Radio Sweden
Complacency and resignation -- not denial from a small minority of "skeptics" -- may be the real impediments to action to combat climate. Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle
Alaska's bearded seals, animals with distinctive whiskers and a penchant for floating alone on pieces of drifting Arctic sea ice, were improperly granted threatened-species status in 2012 by the federal government, a judge ruled Friday Yereth Rosen
A well blowout, pipeline breach or vessel accident in the Canadian Beaufort Sea could spew spilled oil westward for months, polluting waters off Alaska and soiling habitat used by whales, seals and migrating seabirds, according to a study released Friday by the World Wildlife Fund.Yereth Rosen