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The government is seeking to hire experts to flesh out Russia's claim to more Arctic territory and present a convincing case to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.


Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
With the Arctic Council, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and other entities and rules already keeping the Arctic peaceful and orderly, there is no need for a new Arctic treaty to sort out international relations at the top of the globe. Heather Exner-Pirot
There is more business from Vancouver, where tourists see Arctic Canada as an easier destination than Scandinavia. CBC News
A broken turbine at the Snare Falls hydroelectric plant means use of costly backup diesel, and the operators say they need some relief.CBC News
The company is citing the pullout of foreign partners and evaporation of investment support as justification for license extensions. Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
A rail link from Finland to the Norwegian Arctic coast could be a "rolling pipeline" shipping ore, LNG and other goods to markets, boosters say.Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
U.S. and EU sanctions have not deterred oil service companies Schlumberger and Baker Hughes from bidding on contracts to service the Prirazlomnoye ​project in Russia's offshore Arctic.Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
Plunging oil prices and falling oil production have brought economic pain to the Nordic nation.Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer
The number of transactions fell in 2014 for the third consecutive year, and poor market conditions are expected to continue for potential real estate sellers.YLE News
Russia's Sevmash shipyard is managing its biggest submarine-building workload since the fall of the Soviet Union. Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer