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First container ship to navigate the Arctic

Videographic showing the Arctic. A Danish vessel loaded with Russian fish and South Korean electronics arrived Thursday in Saint Petersburg, becoming the first container ship to navigate the Russian Arctic.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Belugas adopt wayward narwhal in Canadian waters

A lonely narwhal that strayed far from its Arctic habitat has apparently found a new family in a pod of belugas in Canada’s Saint Lawrence River, according to a marine conservation group.

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Permafrost

Deep layers of frozen earth or permafrost lie packed beneath the Arctic and Siberia. Permafrost represents 25% of the Northern Hemisphere’s land mass. VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Global warming

Sweden’s unprecedented drought and devastating wildfires are destroying vital grazing pastureland for indigenous Sami reindeer herders, as global warming changes the face of the Arctic. Videographic explaining global warming.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Russia unveils world’s first floating nuclear barge

To meet its growing electricity needs in its drive to develop oil resources in remote Arctic regions, Russia has built a floating nuclear power station, a project that detractors deride as a “Chernobyl on ice”.

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Norway to upgrade its ‘doomsday’ seed bank as Arctic warms

Norway is upgrading its ‘doomsday’ seed bank, which seeks to protect the world’s crops from natural disasters, after warmer Arctic temperatures and melting permafrost risked flooding the vault.

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Permafrost

Deep layers of frozen earth or permafrost lie packed beneath the Arctic and Siberia. Permafrost represents 25% of the Northern Hemisphere’s land mass. VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Icy Europe, balmy North Pole: the world upside down

Not for the first time in recent years, Europe has descended into a deep freeze while the Arctic experiences record high temperatures, leaving scientists to ponder the role global warming may play in turning winter weather upside down.