Indigenous people will be the first to suffer if cooperation efforts falter, leaders said at the Arctic Council meeting in Iqaluit.

 

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic
A Murmansk environmental official claims industrial operations on the Kola Peninsula should not be blamed for the region's heavy pollution. Scientists, including those from Russia, are skeptical. Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
The nickel mining company, beset by financial woes and legal problems over environmental violations, will be allowed to discharge waste only if amounts of sulfates and other effluents are reduced, regional officials say.YLE News
A one-hour stopover in Svalbard by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin -- one of the people targeted by Western sanctions over Ukraine -- is heightening Norway-Russia tensions. Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
Alaska will take center stage now that the U.S. has taken the helm of the eight-nation Arctic Council, with Secretary of State John Kerry calling Friday for reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions and Alaska leaders highlighting economic development opportunities. Alex DeMarban
Growing numbers of Chinese tourists are expected to visit Finnish Lapland, and there are new ties between Finland and China's Sichuan province. YLE News
The tiny bits of plastic, from common household products, are flushed into the sea in large quantities. Marine creatures can easily mistake them for food. Radio Sweden
The U.S. will take over chairmanship of the Arctic Council on Friday, a change that will put Alaska at center stage for the council's focus on such things as climate change and Arctic infrastructure. Alex DeMarban
A survey of 10,000 people in the eight Arctic nations finds that only a minority know about the Arctic Council and its makeup. Still, survey respondents say they want the Arctic players -- even Russia -- to keep cooperating and to do so peacefully. Yereth Rosen
An Ontario company says isolated Arctic communities could get cheap power from floating and mobile nuclear stations. Marc Montgomery, Radio Canada International