Posted on July 24, 2015

Canada, the United States, Russia and other Arctic nations signed an agreement on Thursday to bar their fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the North Pole, an agreement delayed more than a year by tensions over Ukraine.

The accord, also signed in Oslo by the ambassadors of Norway and Denmark, is a response to climate change, which is melting sea ice in the central Arctic Ocean, an area the size of the Mediterranean.

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