It’s now been two months since the sea ice broke up and disappeared from Svalbard. Every summer many polar bears are stranded on land, waiting for the next winter and new ice. The ice free period becomes longer every year. Probably it will now be another 4-5 months before new ice starts forming in the fjords and around the islands. That is a long time without food. On land bears eat what they find, like bird eggs, some vegetation and if they’re lucky a dead reindeer. Not enough in the long run. Polar bears need sea ice, where they find the seals, to survive. •••• The bear in this photo, a two-year-old female cub, was probably abandoned by her mother only days or weeks before we met her back in May last year. She would have to face the brutal reality humans are responsible for in the months that came.