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Russia's Rosneft oil company, facing U.S. sanctions following Russia's seizure of part of neighboring Ukraine, won't be buying part of the huge Point Thomson natural gas field on Alaska's North Slope, Exxon Mobil said Wednesday.Pat Forgey

Take a look at the National Research Council report that has determined emerging questions to help researchers understand how changes in the Arctic will affect society and the environment globally.

Alaska Dispatch
With a 103-foot wingspan, the single-engine ER-2 performs like a jet-powered glider, cruising at 60,000 feet to collect data about Arctic sea ice and requiring a pair of pilots -- one in the aircraft, one on the ground -- to execute a landing.Dermot Cole
Layoffs, suspended payment of bills and a delay in startup of a new mine are features of a restructuring program aimed at getting the company's finances in order.YLE News
Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday appointed Admiral Robert Papp, a former U.S. Coast Guard commandant, to the job, while former Alaska Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer was tapped to serve as a special adviser on Arctic issues.Yereth Rosen
A report prepared for the Nunavut Planning Commission cites lack of knowledge about Arctic oil spills and a dearth of cleanup capabilities.Marc Montgomery, Radio Canada International
The Kevitsa nickel mine in Sodankylä won permission to expand, but operators must pay more to compensate for expected environmental impacts. YLE News
The nickel leak, by far the biggest in Finnish history, is blamed for a mussel die-off. Officials and residents worry that river waters are unsafe.YLE News
Mercury levels in yellow-billed loons were, in general, twice those found in birds collected before 1920, a new study found. Birds that migrate from Alaska to Asia -- the wintering grounds for most of the Alaska-nesting yellow-billed loons -- are more likely to encounter mercuryYereth Rosen
The entire Baltic region would reap economic gains from cleaner water, with benefits to the farming, tourism and fishing sectors, says the World Wildlife Fund study.Radio Sweden