The tiny beads, found in facial scrubs, body gels and toothpaste, are accumulating in northern waters and getting into the food chain.

Marc Montgomery, Radio Canada International
There will be two Russian North Pole bases of operation this summer -- one a set of floating camps to be used by scientists, and the other a site for Russian soldiers to train on ice. Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
Statoil’s Snøhvit liquefied natural gas project -- the world's northernmost LNG facility -- is responsible for most of northern Norway's expanding production of natural gas.  Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
The exercises are being conducted mostly in Finnish airspace over the Bothnian Sea and in international airspace.YLE News
The Arkhangelsk is among the 12 new nuclear-powered submarines that the Russian navy plans to have in place by 2020. Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
More non-Arctic governments are interested in participating in the Arctic Council, but their role as observers is not yet clear.Heather Exner-Pirot
Environmentalists want the governments to preserve at least half of the northern forest, which is used as the breeding grounds for billions of birds. Eilís Quinn
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has tentatively chosen Nome as the site of an Arctic deepwater port. The Seward Peninsula city could see a deep-draft expansion as early as 2020.Francesca Fenzi | KNOM
The Mackenzie River is getting closer to the village of 1,200, and locals are wondering if they should shore up the riverbank or move the entire town.CBC News
Some say the turbines are noisy and ugly and blight neighborhoods, but others say new technology keeps the structures quiet and unobtrusive.YLE News