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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.

The Khibiny mountains (photo: BarentsPhoto.com)

The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources is likely to give the picturesque Khibiny mountains in the Kola Peninsula status as natural park.

Nuclear challenges (illustration by BarentsObserver)

Problems like the ones in Fukushima are not possible in Murmansk Oblast, Governor Dmitry Dmitriyenko maintains.

The sea ice in the Arctic is decreasing and opening up for new shipping routes.

Russian metrological service says the Northern Sea Route is now completely ice-free. The ice will melt for another two weeks.

Long negotiations between World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the biggest timber-producer company “Ilim group” resulted in agreement signing on preservation of the valuable forests located in the Southern part of the Arkhangelsk region.

Little information from the oil companies and no independent observation of the cleanup efforts are making it difficult to know the extent of damage from the Trebs field oil spill in the Russian Arctic, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

“Lepse” is balancing inside the floating dock just north of Murmansk as workers make preparations for her final voyage in Arctic waters after the summer. This vessel should better not sink.

An oil spill is polluting the tundra near the Kharyaga field in northern Russia.

Russia’s Emergency Ministry says temperatures in the Arctic will warm up twice as fast as the rest of the globe.

By 2100 the climate in the Nordic countries could be similar to what we see in France today, and seasonal variations might be almost gone in parts of northern-Europe, says researcher Hans Tømmervik.

The complex debate over toxins in Norwegian farmed salmon has experts speaking out on both sides, with some maintaining that farmed salmon is safe while others advise against consuming it at all.

Unlike the famous Glenn Frey song, it’s not on the street, but in the surface water of the Barents Sea that right now is 5 Degrees Celsius warmer than normal.

Monchegorsk industrial complex

INARI: Barents Environmental Ministerial meeting on Wednesday received a glossy report by the Barents Working Group on Environment where the industrial disaster zone of Monchegorsk is labeled “solved” on the list of hot spots.

Cod and haddock caught in the Barents Sea by Russian companies have received their Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification and can be labelled as sustainable seafood.