As traffic increases in the narrow strait between the Pacific and Arctic Oceans, new safety and environmental protections are needed, advocates say.

Yereth Rosen
The woman who had been hanging off the anchor chain of a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell's plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean ended her dayslong protest north of Seattle on Monday morning.Associated Press
The flights, which stopped short of Swedish airspace, were a show of "aggressiveness," Sweden's military commander says.Radio Sweden
Russia's Arctic buildup is, so far, lawful and logical in a time of reduced sea ice and increased commerce and traffic, say U.S. and Swedish officials who are monitoring it. Radio Sweden
Fennovoima’s planned nuclear plant in Pyhäjoki is proceeding apace, despite controversy, lack of final permits and opposition from some cottage owners who have been given until the end of the month to vacate the area. YLE News
Prostate, skin and breast cancer, the most common cancers for Finland's general population, are notably rare among the Sámi people.,YLE News
The two companies are joining forces in offshore projects to compete with Rosneft, and much of the action will be in the Barents Sea. Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have introduced a bill that would authorize the Navy to build up to six icebreakers for use by the Coast Guard.Erica Martinson
The Ter, Ume and Pite Sami dialects, once commonly used in the Barents region, have dwindled to a few speakers, most of them elderly. Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered four days of air combat readiness testing on Monday, the third major military exercise staged by the Kremlin in the past three months.Carol J. Williams