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News from the North

While the Arctic in 2014 continued its long-term warming, much of the rest of the world was struck by wacky and extreme weather, and studies are underway to determine whether the trends are related, said scientists who released an annual report on the Arctic on Wednesday.


Yereth Rosen
The free-fall of the ruble -- and the Russian recession that is expected next year -- will create hardships for neighboring areas of Norway that depend on Russian customers. Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer
The storm-driven inflow of oxygen-rich, salty water will improve circulation and might boost fish stocks, an environmental expert says. YLE News
The Russian government, interested in expanding territory for oil and gas production, also has designs on the North Pole but says it can work out its differences with Denmark.Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
Officials in three Nordic countries have taken steps to respond to aggressive aerial moves by the Russian military...Radio Sweden and YLE News
Denmark, citing a connection between Greenland's continental shelf and an Arctic Ocean ridge, joins Canada and Russia in asserting ownership of the world's northernmost point.  Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
Low oil prices and Russia-related complications are expected to slow "old-school" resource-extraction activity, but changes to permafrost, ice and animal populations continue at their rapid pace. Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle
Improvements in protections for the critically endangered Saimaa seals have helped the population increase, according to the European Commission.YLE News
Visitation to the northern Norway is up by about 10 percent this year, as more people want to see the northern lights in winter and midnight sun in summer. Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
A new app makes it easy to send texts in the indigenous languages used in northern Scandinavia. Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer