Russia, U.S. tout cooperation ahead of Arctic Council meeting

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By Humeyra Pamuk and Tom Balmforth WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – With a warming climate melting more Arctic ice cover and global industries eager to exploit the region for shipping, fishing, drilling and mining, the United States and Russia sounded a rare, cooperative note going into an Arctic meeting this week. The conciliatory tone was encouraging to governments, local residents, investors and environmental groups worried about a lack of regulations and potential environmental damage as industries look northward to the world’s largest remaining oil, gas and mineral deposits. “Our vision … …

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