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Oil companies spent big money Wednesday for rights to explore the Colville River Delta and other state territory, making this year’s North Slope auction the richest Alaska state lease sale in 21 years.Yereth Rosen
A set of rules that will govern shipping in international Arctic waters is on the edge of approval as members of the International Maritime Organization meet and are expected to approve proposed new safety measures with implementation set for 2017.Carey Restino | Arctic Sounder
Though Arctic Alaska is warming and permafrost is thawing, the area so far has been spared from the scourge of excessive methane emissions, according to data collected by a NASA-managed research project. Yereth Rosen
A new report suggests prioritizing law enforcement, funding Alaska's tribal courts and subsistence rights as possible remedies to high rates of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.Laurel Andrews
Critics of Stephen Harper's government say the US-China agreement highlights the extent to which Canada has lagged in the global effort to control climate-changing emissions. Lynn Desjardins, Radio Canada International
Moscow is getting ready to fuel China’s energy-hungry economy and is using Arctic assets in its bargain. Russian Arctic gas will flow towards Beijing, and China is also likely to get new footholds in offshore assets.Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
The Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, Sverker Göranson, confirmed today that it was indeed a foreign mini-submarine that had violated Swedish waters in the Stockholm archipelago last month.Radio Sweden

Celina Kalluk learned Inuit throat singing from her uncle’s wife in the village of Resolute Bay, Nunavut, in the high Canadian Arctic where she grew up. 

Alaska Dispatch News
The Russian Navy is taking seriously the lessons of the Kursk submarine disaster of 2000, in which all 118 crew members perished.. Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer
While Reagan's vision of a fallen Berlin Wall came into reality, Gorbachev's vision of a peaceful Arctic is under threat because of tensions between an antagonistic Russia and other nations.Mia Bennett