Cleanup is done on six legacy wells that are relics of early oil exploration on Alaska's North Slope, the Bureau of Land Management said Friday.

Yereth Rosen
Permafrost in the circumpolar north will likely continue to thaw and release carbon dioxide and methane, but at a gradual rate instead of as a "carbon bomb," said a study published recently in the journal Nature. Yereth Rosen
Protesters in kayaks greeted a rig that could be used for oil drilling in the Arctic as it arrived in Washington state following a journey across the Pacific.Associated Press
Canada's two-year term leading the Arctic Council produced some positive results, despite complications from tensions over Russia and philosophical splits over economic and enviromental goals. Heather Exner-Pirot
When snows melt in spring in Finland, tons of dumped trash gets revealed. The annual cleanup task is costly. YLE News
Most of Sweden's political parties want increased military spending, but negotiations are underway to reach a consensus on how big the increase should be. Radio Sweden
A new booklet from the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council wants to change that. Synthesizing much past academy work on the Arctic region, the booklet -- being released just before the United States assumes the chairmanship of the eight-nation Arctic Council later this month -- blazons this message: “What Happens in the Arctic Doesn’t Stay in the Arctic.”Chris Mooney
Norilsk Nickel is pumping vast amounts of sulfur dioxide into the air, but it is also making big money for its wealthy CEO and other shareholders.Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer
A buildup of the Russian submarine fleet means much more underwater traffic. The Russian Navy has plans for yet more subs to be built or moderized. Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer
Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that heightened Nordic defense coordination is worrisome because it is aimed specifically at his country. Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer