A Royal Dutch Shell oil drilling rig in 2015. This week a half-dozen Alaskans connected to the oil industry traveled to Washington, D.C., to urge administration officials to keep the Alaska lease sales on the agenda — in the Beaufort in 2020 and Chukchi in 2022.(Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP)

Alaska oil advocates urge Obama to leave Arctic drilling options open

WASHINGTON — Alaskans who don’t want to give up on Arctic offshore oil pressed the outgoing Obama administration this week to leave options open. The

The "Zheng He" in the waters outside Kirkenes, Norway. The Arctic port of Kirkenes has become among the quickest growing ports in Norway. (Atle Staalesen/The Independent Barents Observer)

Kirkenes, Norway becoming hub for marine traffic heading to Arctic Russia

This week, the dredger «Zheng He» — next week, the heavy lift ship “Happy Sky”. The Norwegian port of Kirkenes has become a hub for

“Unless more oil is found in Alaska or along the pipeline right of way, it’s very possible that the Alaska pipeline itself … would end up shutting down,” says Adam Sieminski from the Energy Information Administration.

EIA predicts lean oil decades for Alaska

The Energy Information Administration released its Annual Energy Outlook on Tuesday. It shows oil production from Alaska dwindling to less than half its current level

Norilsk Nickel is one of Russia's biggest companies in the Arctic, and one of the biggest polluters. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)

Norilsk Nickel closes Arctic plant, says emissions will be slashed

The nickel melter in Norilsk is the company’s oldest and has for decades been among the biggest polluters in the Taymyr peninsula. The company, the

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