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News from the North

Conservationists are urging Finland's Ministry of Agriculture to do more to protect critically endangered seals from fishing-net entanglements, and Swedish experts call for cuts in use of plastics to protect the ocean environment.


YLE News and Radio Sweden
Complacency and resignation -- not denial from a small minority of "skeptics" -- may be the real impediments to action to combat climate. Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle
Alaska's bearded seals, animals with distinctive whiskers and a penchant for floating alone on pieces of drifting Arctic sea ice, were improperly granted threatened-species status in 2012 by the federal government, a judge ruled Friday Yereth Rosen
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
A long-standing rule that aims to quash oil spills in Canada's Arctic -- and which is being eyed by U.S. officials as a potential model to follow -- is being challenged by oil companies exploring the area.Yereth Rosen
Tensions and economic restrictions could delay some multinational oil and gas projects in Russia's far north.Mia Bennett
Critics of the Tasman Metals project say they are worried about impacts to Lake Vättern, Sweden's second-largest lake.Radio Sweden
Finland's foreign minister says he agrees with the decision to expand the list of sanctioned individuals in Russia.  YLE News
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