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Norway and Russia launches a joint expedition to determine the condition of a sunken nuclear submarine and containers of radioactive waste dumped in the Barents Sea.

International attention towards the Arctic Ocean and Barents Sea is increasing because of climate change concerns, the region’s mineral resources and the prospect of increased shipping across the Northern Sea Route. The extent of how these industries influence ocean health is still not fully understood in the Arctic science community.

A golden glow in the far away horizon for some few minutes and then gone. Polar night has come to most parts of the Barents Region.

Coastal areas between Russia and Norway will be included in a new natural park, aimed at protecting local nature and regulating tourist activities.

Anna Ushakova with AETAS and Trude Myhre from WWF urge protection of the last large areas with old-growth forest in Europe.

Global warming could trigger a food crisis in the High North with hunters’ ability to live of the land threatened due to melting ice and migrating species.

Norwegian scientists won the Ig Nobel Award for investigating how reindeer react when they see people dressed up as polar bears.

Environmentalists fear the Defense Ministry’s new military bases can pose problems for polar bears.

…and 2014 is likely to become the warmest year on record, measurements from NASA show.

Scientists have had trouble explaining why the Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the planet, but new research says it may be the plants’ fault: vegetation attracts sunlight, traps heat, and even interacts with the atmosphere to influence sea ice.

Arctic seabirds are acting as proverbial ‘canaries in the coal mines’ for pollution hotspots in the High North.

Norway and Russia on Friday signed a new fisheries agreement for the Barents Sea for 2015. Quotas on cod remain high, but are down from 2014 down, in accordance with scientific recommendations.

Since the Stockholm Convention came into effect in 2004, banning persistent organic pollutants, the concentration of these pollutants has declined by up to 90 percent.

A major spike in radioactivity was detected in central Norway’s reindeer and scientists say it’s because of a nuclear accident nearly 30 years ago.

Polar scientists have since 2010 only seen open waters in the important migration route for polar bears over the Kara Strait between Novaya Zemlya and Vaygach. Too long to swim, warns Russian scientist.