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The Arctic Wire
News from the North

Temperature trends show the Arctic warmed about 1 degree per decade, on average, between 1981 and 2012. Compare that to the global per-decade average of 0.3 degrees Fahrenheit over the same period, according to NASA.

Yereth Rosen
Some residents of northern Canada are worried that passenger fares and cargo rates will rise if competitors combine. CBC News
Approvals have been granted for the new farms, where 45 wind turbines are expected to produce power, at a cost of $276 million. YLE News
The leading party in Sweden's governing coalition has overruled the environment minister's 2013 pledge of support for a fund aiding impoverished countries.  Radio Sweden
NOAA is planning to increase the number of data-collecting sensors on land, at sea and on satellites. Better real-time data will help NOAA better predict immediate dangers in the Arctic, such as rapid ice form-up and storm surges.Yereth Rosen
A new report says commercial maritime activity in Alaska's Arctic waters will likely be limited in the next decade due to high operating costs, lack of infrastructure, and limited demand for tourism.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

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