Arctic

The Arctic Waterways Safety Committee, formed to develop the best practices for managing Arctic waterways, held its first formal meeting this month in Juneau, electing officers and meeting with the governor and Alaska's state committee on the Arctic.Carey Restino
Far northern lakes have formed, filled and emptied for thousands of years, but this is the first time scientists have observed it with instruments. Ned Rozell
Among scores of bird and mammal species, there will be winners and losers as trees and shrubs expand northward and wildlife habitat transforms through the rest of the 21st century. Yereth Rosen
The United States should move swiftly to harness the tremendous oil and gas reserves locked under its Arctic waters while the industry improves the equipment used to drill wells and sop up spills, according to a government advisory committee report released Friday. Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers
Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Oleg Kozhemyako as the acting governor of the petroleum-rich Sakhalin island region in Russia’s Far East after dismissing Alexander Khoroshavin, who was arrested earlier this month and accused of taking $5.6 million suspicion of bribery.Alaska Dispatch News
The tiny beads, found in facial scrubs, body gels and toothpaste, are accumulating in northern waters and getting into the food chain.Marc Montgomery, Radio Canada International
There will be two Russian North Pole bases of operation this summer -- one a set of floating camps to be used by scientists, and the other a site for Russian soldiers to train on ice. Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
Shell’s Arctic oil spill response system -- damaged during a deployment test in 2012 -- is undergoing drills in waters near Bellingham, Washington, with federal officials observing the exercises.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers
Statoil’s Snøhvit liquefied natural gas project -- the world's northernmost LNG facility -- is responsible for most of northern Norway's expanding production of natural gas.  Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
The exercises are being conducted mostly in Finnish airspace over the Bothnian Sea and in international airspace.YLE News
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