The Fish and Wildlife Service acknowledges that Arctic climate change is the top threat to polar bears, but it says its ability to take action is limited to tasks that fall short of greenhouse gas restrictions.

 

Yereth Rosen
Organizers are seeking to show people how ordinary products like coated cooking utensils, medicines and plastics wind up sending contaminants into the sea.Radio Sweden
A new, comprehensive report tracks loss of northern Alaska coastline since the late 1940s. The erosion, packed into a few months a year, is some of the most dramatic in the nation, researchers say.Yereth Rosen
Cancer patients are much more likely to find solace in nature than in religion, a Swedish study finds. Radio Sweden
Nine countries -- the five Nordic nations, the three Baltic nations and Poland -- now make up a new front line to Russia’s “provocation and intimidation," the Center for European Policy Analysis says. YLE News
Iceland retained its usual spot, and Denmark, Finland and Canada were also in the top 10. In all, 162 nations were evaluated for degree of conflict, social safety and degree of militarization. Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic
The 1.1 million-square-mile international zone at the top of the Arctic is a global commons, and there is emerging international support to protect it.Mia Bennett
As Arctic sea ice melts, it could disrupt a powerful Atlantic Ocean current that regulates temperatures in Western Europe and the East Coast of North America.Chelsea Harvey | The Washington Post
Royal Dutch Shell's second Arctic drilling ship, the Noble Discoverer, is on the move from Washington to Alaska as the company prepares to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.Associated Press
Villagers collect down in the traditional style, pulling it from birds' nests. They hope to use it to make parkas and duvets to sell to buyers farther south.Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic