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Photos distributed by Greenpeace show that an Arctic storm earlier this month destroyed the helipad on a drilling rig operated by Gazprom Neft and set loose one of the facility's lifeboats.


Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
A rescue service, founded by members of the South Karelian Ornithological Society, responds to calls from members of the public who discover injured animals. YLE News
Only locals will be allowed to recreate in a new park established in a coastal area near the Norwegian border, the Murmansk regional government says.Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
As rising seas and thawing permafrost threaten Arctic communities, a new study says governments need policies to address migration by people fleeing impacts of climate change Marc Montgomery, Radio Canada International
The Arctic Policy Commission, tasked with guiding Alaska’s lawmakers on the needs and future of the state’s Arctic lands and waters, is finishing up two years of work and preparing to present its final recommendations to the state.Carey Restino
The Russian objective is to convince Swedes to rebuild their own national military forces rather than join NATO, a defense expert says. Radio Sweden
Jonas Gahr Støre has been appointed to advise the World Economic Forum on Arctic issues. Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
The polar bear population in the southern Beaufort Sea dropped by roughly 40 percent between 2001 and 2010, according to a new study by U.S. and Canadian scientists.Yereth Rosen
In September 2013, two military helicopter pilots transporting equipment from Tiksi, a port city in northeast Russia, to the New Siberian Islands spotted a previously unknown island in the Laptev Sea.Mia Bennett
Shungnak School’s motto “It’s a ‘We’” was put to the test when the Arctic Alaska village’s water system froze, leaving the community of around 260 people high and dry.Jillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder