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Oil companies that had locked up more than 1.3 million acres of the Beaufort Sea for drilling in 2007 have since relinquished nearly half that territory, signaling the industry’s appetite for tapping those Arctic waters may be waning even as the Obama administration makes plans to auction off more of the area. Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers

The Inupiat have a name for walrus with extra tusks, says Mary Sage of Barrow, who shared photos of the spoils of a recent hunt: Tulugiagruaq.


Kyle Hopkins
A dozen residents of a remote Russian village have braved the Bering Strait to visit friends and relatives in Alaska. Gambell residents say the boat voyage is the first such international crossing in 14 years, reviving an ancient exchange program that was interrupted in the past century by world wars, cold wars and deadly seas.Kyle Hopkins
Critics of the Tasman Metals project say they are worried about impacts to Lake Vättern, Sweden's second-largest lake.Radio Sweden
Finland's foreign minister says he agrees with the decision to expand the list of sanctioned individuals in Russia.  YLE News
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
The country is a leader when it comes to renewable energy and carbon-dioxide reductions, but it lags EU counterparts in some other environmental areas.Radio Sweden
The choice of the former Coast Guard commandant is one of many signals that U.S. Arctic policy emphasizes marine issues. Heather Exner-Pirot
The nickel spill, the largest in Finnish history, is blamed for deaths of mussels and fish.YLE News
The dead pup was the sixth Saimaa ringed seal killed this year in fishing-related accidents. The Saimaa seals are highly endangered, with only 310 in the population.  YLE News