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A new documentary series chronicling a Northwest Passage sailing adventure also highlights changes happening in the Arctic because of a warimng climate.


Marc Montgomery, Radio Canada International
Residents say the political tensions are between governments, not regular people, and that neighboring Finland remains as popular as ever..YLE News
A survey finds that the vast majority of Swedes accepts military officials' version of events concerning a possible incursion by a foreign submarine; results show a switch from public skepticism of past decades..Radio Sweden
Local police believe it may be easier to police the Yamalo-Nenets Arctic region with reindeer teams than with snowmachines. Trude Pettersen
Gray seals have been vexing fishermen by feasting on catches trapped in nets, and sometimes damaging fishing gear. YLE News
Kremlin-appointed leaders will replace elected governors in the four Arctic regions, under a plan being considered by Putin's administration.Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
Road standards have improved, the death toll on roads in most of the region has failed to decline and, in some areas, is rising.  Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
A switch to all-organic farming will mean less production and more starvation, with no environmental reward, say authors of a controversial new book. Radio Sweden
The company's financial woes could mean a $250 million hit for the government, said the minister. He is skeptical of claims that a new investor will save Talvivaara. YLE News
Photos distributed by Greenpeace show that an Arctic storm earlier this month destroyed the helipad on a drilling rig operated by Gazprom Neft and set loose one of the facility's lifeboats. Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer