Whaling crews and helpers took turns cutting up muktuk into bite-sized pieces Monday afternoon in Barrow as the celebration of Nalukataq marked the end of whaling season.Jillian Rogers
Gov. Bill Walker vetoed the $175,000 state grant given to the group that's been lobbying in vain to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, but that doesn't mean he's opposed to oil development there — only that it's time to find a new way, he said.Pat Forgey
A regulation meant to protect Arctic walruses prohibits simultaneous operation of two drill rigs within 15 miles of each other. That means Shell's Chukchi well sites, which are clustered together, likely won't be drilled simultaneously, an Interior spokeswoman says. Yereth Rosen
As Arctic sea ice melts, it could disrupt a powerful Atlantic Ocean current that regulates temperatures in Western Europe and the East Coast of North America.Chelsea Harvey | The Washington Post
Royal Dutch Shell's second Arctic drilling ship, the Noble Discoverer, is on the move from Washington to Alaska as the company prepares to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.Associated Press
Villagers collect down in the traditional style, pulling it from birds' nests. They hope to use it to make parkas and duvets to sell to buyers farther south.Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic
A proposal for an award ceremony to be held in September in the Norway-Russia border region is not being well-received by one local Norwegian official. Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
Countries like China and Singapore are planning for decades in the future, when large amounts of shipping activity is expected to shift to a more ice-free Arctic Ocean, Robert Papp told a Canadian audience. Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic
Researchers offer a new explanation for Greenland’s glacial earthquakes, which have become increasingly frequent in recent years.Joseph Dussault

As Arctic ice continues to diminish in the summer months, shipping companies and other countries are increasingly taking advantage of available routes through the region. Can the U.S. catch up?

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