MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.

Leakages of heavy metals, oil and other toxics from abounded and sunken ships along the coastline outside Murmansk are seriously polluting the water.

The Pasvik valley and Jarfjord area in Sør-Varanger municipality have the highest measured concentrations of SO₂in all of Norway. The source is the nickel industry in neighboring municipality of Pechenga.

Norwegian authorities fear that a pack of stray dogs from Russia has settled in the Pasvik valley.

IKEA subsidiary Swedwood has lost is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificate on logging in Karelia.

Rosneft is establishing a set of meteorology stations in and around the Kara Sea enabling it to track weather conditions ahead of its upcoming drilling operations in the area.

With the sun just over the horizon, temperatures in the northernmost parts of the Barents Region fell to minus 40, and counting.

As energy companies step up extraction on the tundra, a number of local villages are getting paid in oil spills. Among the waterways badly hit is the Kolva River in the Timan-Pechora province.

While the level of mercury is high and increasing in fish in the North American and European Arctic, the opposite is happening in Arctic Russian rivers, a new study shows.

According to new scientific estimates the sea bottom within the Norwegian economic zone can hold resources worth as much as NOK 1000 billion (€118,5 billion).

Last view before the sun falls under the horizon in most parts of the Barents Region. The polar night comes with extreme cold, down to - 40 °C last night.

INARI: Forest expert Trude Myhre with WWF Norway says protecting the unique taiga forest is a key to fighting biodiversity loss and climate change. Recommendations for expanding protected areas were given at the Barents Enviro-Ministers’ meeting.