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19th of July 2018

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Polar bear cubs chewing plastic on remote island shows huge scale of pollution

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These troubling photos show two young polar bear cubs playing with a large sheet of plastic on a remote Arctic island.

The siblings were spotted with their mother on the icy coast of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago about halfway between the mainland and North Pole.

The black plastic stands out as the white bears paw at it, before putting it in their mouths.

Polar bear cubs chewing plastic on remote island shows huge scale of pollution The polar bear cubs play with a sheet of plastic (Picture: SWNS) The polar bear cub plays with a sheet of plastic in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago about halfway between the mainland and North Pole. See Masons copy MNPLASTIC: These unsettling pictures show two young polar bear cubs playing with a large sheet of plastic on a remote Arctic island. The siblings were spotted with their mother on the icy coast of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago about halfway between the mainland and North Pole. The black plastic stands out against the seemingly pristine landscape as the white-furred creatures paw at it, before putting it in their mouths. The photos were taken in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago about halfway between the mainland and North Pole (Picture: SWNS)

Svalbard is hundreds of miles from continental Europe and has a population of about 2,500, yet researchers navigating the freezing waters found plastic waste wherever they went.

Claire Wallerstein was part of the Sail Against Plastic team, a group of 15 British scientists, artists, filmmakers and campaigners who recently returned from an expedition to the Arctic Circle.

She said: ‘We were very lucky to be invited to take part in this unique expedition, and had an amazing time seeing Arctic wildlife, stunning glaciers and experiencing 24-hour sunlight.

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‘However, it was also a very sobering experience to see just how much plastic is making its way to this incredibly remote and apparently pristine environment.’

The polar bear cub plays with a sheet of plastic in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago about halfway between the mainland and North Pole. See Masons copy MNPLASTIC: These unsettling pictures show two young polar bear cubs playing with a large sheet of plastic on a remote Arctic island. The siblings were spotted with their mother on the icy coast of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago about halfway between the mainland and North Pole. The black plastic stands out against the seemingly pristine landscape as the white-furred creatures paw at it, before putting it in their mouths. British explorers from the Sail Against Plastic team caught the disturbing moment on camera (Picture: SWNS) Polar bear standing next to fishing nets in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago about halfway between the mainland and North Pole. See Masons copy MNPLASTIC: These unsettling pictures show two young polar bear cubs playing with a large sheet of plastic on a remote Arctic island. The siblings were spotted with their mother on the icy coast of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago about halfway between the mainland and North Pole. The black plastic stands out against the seemingly pristine landscape as the white-furred creatures paw at it, before putting it in their mouths. A huge polar bear stands next to fishing nets in Svalbard (Picture: SWNS)

The group sailed aboard a tall ship named the Blue Clipper, spending 10 days sampling the sea, air and beaches around the isolated coasts of Svalbard.

Although twice the size of Belgium, Svalbard’s human population is outnumbered by polar bears.

The team found plastics on beaches at every site they surveyed, including some that must have travelled long distances.

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With currents reaching Svalbard from both the Atlantic and Siberia, debris can arrive from far away.

Local beach cleaners have reportedly found plastic waste traceable even to Florida.

The group said this was inevitably having an impact on Arctic wildlife.

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