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The Arctic Wire
News from the North

The areas coveted as sea routes for commercial shippers seeking to exploit increasingly ice-free Arctic waters are the same areas that are vital to millions of seabirds that flock north each summer to feast under the midnight sun, says a newly published study.

Yereth Rosen
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police found vodka, beer and other contraband in vehicles stopped on winter roads. Yukon officials, meanwhile, are hoping to expand 911 service beyond the Whitehorse area. CBC News
A candidate for EU's parliament says global warming is Europe's biggest challenge over the next five years. Finland, meanwhile, reports significant progress in curbing carbon-dioxide emissions. Radio Sweden and YLE News
Overall quantities are down, but fuel-handling tasks continue to result in spills at storage sites, pipelines and at homes. CBC News
A species of bird now flying north to summer breeding grounds in the boreal forests of Alaska and Canada has fallen on hard times, and biologists are asking the public to help figure out why.Yereth Rosen
Canada's commitment to the Arctic Council remains strong, but representatives skipped the meeting to make a statement about Russia's actions in Crimea and elsewhere, officials said..Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic
A Montreal company is using unmanned aircraft to scout out ice conditions, thus helping ships avoid trouble and extra expenses. Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic
The territorial government is paying a smaller premium to public employees working in remote towns. CBC News
Wood chips gathered within a 90-mile radius of a wood-chip power plant will provide most of the fuel for the produced heat and electricity, the utility says.. YLE News
The Inuit corporations that own Canadian North and First Air say a merger would improve the airlines' service to far-north communities..CBC News

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