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A well blowout, pipeline breach or vessel accident in the Canadian Beaufort Sea could spew spilled oil westward for months, polluting waters off Alaska and soiling habitat used by whales, seals and migrating seabirds, according to a study released Friday by the World Wildlife Fund.Yereth Rosen

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
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
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 clouds of black carbon soiling snow and ice in Finland’s Arctic region have diminished significantly since the middle of the 20th century, a change attributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the cessation of some of the most polluting industrial practices in northwestern Russia, according to a new study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.Yereth Rosen
The red king crab that wasn't red appeared in Nome on Fourth of July.  Devin Kelly
A study that examined the accuracy of counting polar bears by helicopter versus satellite tracking of the bears found that each method resulted in similar counts of the notoriously difficult-to-pin-down populations.Yereth Rosen
The Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments project, based in Barrow, helps collect Arctic data that will be useful to scientists studying the region from around the world.Jillian Rogers
Veteran Alaska wildlife biologists who remember the 1972 incident, in which dozens of animals were killed, say nothing like it has happened since.Ned Rozell
Though many of the lakes that dot Alaska's North Slope are so similar that no one has ever bothered to name them, there are differences of great consequence between the bodies of water, especially if you're a loon or a fish residing in the area.Yereth Rosen