White bears on Svalbard are playing with plastic (photo)


                                Белые медвежата на Шпицбергене играют пластиком (фото)

Expedition Sail Against Plastic investigated the level of plastic pollution in the Arctic.

Svalbard is hundreds of kilometers from continental Europe. The population of this icy archipelago — only 2.5 thousand people. But even here the environmentalists are in abundance plastic.


                                Белые медвежата на Шпицбергене играют пластиком (фото)

Team Sail Against Plastic — a group of 15 chornoliska scientists, artists, filmmakers — recently returned from an expedition to the Arctic circle. The aim of the expedition was to assess plastic pollution in the territories, which are located 960 km from the North pole.

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Norway (Kingdom of Norway) is a country in Northern Europe, located in the Western part of the Scandinavian Peninsula, adjacent Islands and Svalbard.


                                Белые медвежата на Шпицбергене играют пластиком (фото)

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                                Белые медвежата на Шпицбергене играют пластиком (фото)

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                                Белые медвежата на Шпицбергене играют пластиком (фото)

Capital – Oslo

Largest cities: Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger

Form of government – Constitutional monarchy

Territory – 385 155 km2 (67th in the world)

Population – the 5.37 million people (118th in the world)

Official language – Norwegian

Religion – Lutheran

HDI – gravity 0,944 (1st in the world)

GDP – $499,8 billion (26th in the world)

Currency – Norwegian Krone

Borders: Finland, Sweden, Russia

But even here, they found that white cubs playing with plastic bags.


                                Белые медвежата на Шпицбергене играют пластиком (фото)

“I was lucky enough to be part of this unique expedition, says Claire Wallenstein, I was impressed by the wild Arctic nature, majestic glaciers and 24-hour polar day. But I was struck by how much plastic has accumulated on this remote and seemingly untouched land.”


                                Белые медвежата на Шпицбергене играют пластиком (фото)

“What we found on the beaches of Spitsbergen, is not too different from what we see at home in Europe, she says. — Yes, we found many fishing waste, but most are fragments of our everyday life: plastic bottles, cosmetic sticks, cigarette butts, wet wipes, packaging from food products”.


                                Белые медвежата на Шпицбергене играют пластиком (фото)

Team Sail Against Plastic came to the shores of the Norwegian archipelago by sailboat Blue Clipper. Scientists and volunteers spent 10 days exploring the ocean and the coastline of Spitsbergen.


                                Белые медвежата на Шпицбергене играют пластиком (фото)

Ecologists took samples of the air and coastal ocean waters for the presence of micro-plastics, and also catch large debris. Samples will be shipped to the UK, where it will determine the level microplasmaspark pollution in Arctic waters.


                                Белые медвежата на Шпицбергене играют пластиком (фото)

Plastic debris washed up on the shores of the archipelago over the Atlantic and Siberia. Local environmentalists argue that some of the stuff even coming out here from Florida. However, all this is destroying the Arctic ecosystem.


                                Белые медвежата на Шпицбергене играют пластиком (фото)

According to the researchers, 90% of dead seabirds on the archipelago in the stomach was discovered plastic.


                                Белые медвежата на Шпицбергене играют пластиком (фото)

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