Emperor Penguins at Risk of Drastic Decline from Melting Sea Ice and Climate Change

June 30, 2014 11:13 AM

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Although a recent study found that Emperor penguins may be more adaptable to climate change than first expected, new research is showing that these birds are still in peril. Scientists have found that Emperor penguin populations across Antarctica are in danger of dramatic declines by the end of this century due to climate change.

The Emperor penguin is actually currently under consideration when it comes to inclusion under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Because these birds are heavily dependent on sea ice for their livelihoods, they're also sensitive to lower sea ice coverage due to climate change. As temperatures warm, th...

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