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A new and bigger Marjata vessel was christened and will be patrolling the high north, which Norwegian military officials say is a region of increasing activity and importance. Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
The state-owned oil company plans to go ahead with seismic tests, even though EU sanctions might cause problems with securing support services and equipment. Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
Unlike the Arctic, where an ocean is surrounded by land, Antarctica holds land surrounded by water, meaning different freeze and thaw dynamics. While Antarctica's land ice is melting fast, wind is blowing thin ice from shore out onto the surrounding ocean.  Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle
Russia's "destabilizing role" in Ukraine, including support of separatists, is "not acceptable," so previously planned joint activities are canceled, Norway's defense minister says. Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
Outi Pieski’s work, which evokes the snowscapes of the polar north and indigenous Sámi culture stretching back thousands of years, is on display in London and getting good reviews. YLE News
Beaufort Sea bears with alopecia syndrome were in generally poorer shape than other polar bears, leading to a question: Did stress cause the hair loss, or did the loss of hair -- part of polar bears’ protection against the cold -- cause the stress that resulted in deteriorated body condition? Yereth Rosen
The crew members who perished when the Korean-flagged factory trawler sank in Russian waters of the Bering Sea were victims of a system that exploits workers as well as natural resources. Mia Bennett
A new road running about 200 miles to Northwest Alaska’s Ambler Mining District will displace only a small amount of high-quality winter habitat used by the region’s huge caribou herd, a study by biologists from the Wilderness Society, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service has found.Yereth Rosen
The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing an 8-mile-wide shipping route through the Bering Strait region in an effort to protect Arctic waters, as global warming has increased traffic in the vulnerable area.Seth Borenstein
Narrow election victories by anti-environmental politicians in Greenland and Alaska mean bad news for the Arctic climate. Mia Bennett