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Ambition for expanded Arctic oil and gas development clash directly with growing concerns -- voiced at the Norwegian conference -- about accelerated climate change.


Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle
Norway's decision to expand offshore Arctic oil drilling will be costly, both environmentally and financially, the conservation group says.Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer
With the Russian economy in crisis, the Arctic metropolis has been a poor investment for financial companies. Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
Organizers of outdoor sports and cultural events are nervous about the mild and snow-sparse winter, and are hoping conditions will be dramatically different in the next two weeks. Marc Montgomery, Radio Canada International
A chart of the marine areas in western Alaska and adjacent parts of Russia has been confirmed as an item used by Robert Bartlett, captain of the Karluk, a ship that was the center of a 1914 wreck off the Siberian coast.Yereth Rosen
Arctic explorer Artur Chilingarov, famous for planting the Russian flat on the seafloor at the North Pole, used a speech at the Arctic Frontiers conference to tout international exchanges and "good-neighborly" policies.Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
The French company has fallen short of production targets and other responsibilities and should be stripped of its status as operator of the Kharyaga oil project, Russia's Ministry of Energy says. Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
The Norwegian government is offering oil companies the chance to explore far-north offshore territory near the Russian border, including sites where the two countries had competing territorial claims.Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
As the U.S. approaches its chairmanship of th Arctic Council and far-north climate warming continues at twice the global rate, President Obama issued an executive order Wednesday addressing federal Arctic policy. But Sen. Lisa Murkowski expressed doubts about the order's effectiveness.Yereth Rosen
Norway, Sweden and Finland have shared advantages -- including cleaner-energy resources and intellectual and academic power -- that can put the three nations in the forefront of sustainable development.Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer