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News from the North

The country is a leader when it comes to renewable energy and carbon-dioxide reductions, but it lags EU counterparts in some other environmental areas.

Radio Sweden
The choice of the former Coast Guard commandant is one of many signals that U.S. Arctic policy emphasizes marine issues. Heather Exner-Pirot
The nickel spill, the largest in Finnish history, is blamed for deaths of mussels and fish.YLE News
The dead pup was the sixth Saimaa ringed seal killed this year in fishing-related accidents. The Saimaa seals are highly endangered, with only 310 in the population.  YLE News
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrick Reinfeldt said he is working to convince other EU nations to take a harder line against Russia for its actions in Ukraine.Radio Sweden
Some of the hottest and driest conditions seen in decades are fueling a big wildfire season in northern Canada.Marc Montgomery, Radio Canada International
Layoffs, suspended payment of bills and a delay in startup of a new mine are features of a restructuring program aimed at getting the company's finances in order.YLE News
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
A report prepared for the Nunavut Planning Commission cites lack of knowledge about Arctic oil spills and a dearth of cleanup capabilities.Marc Montgomery, Radio Canada International
The Kevitsa nickel mine in Sodankylä won permission to expand, but operators must pay more to compensate for expected environmental impacts. YLE News