Emperor Penguins at Risk of Facing Extinction

Emperor Penguins at Risk of Facing Extinction

A latest study, published in the journal Global Change Biology, conducted by a team of researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has uncovered that the continuous increase in global warming may cause the emperor penguin to become extinct soon.

While it was unveiled in the last century that the Dion Islets penguin colony, which was very near to the West Antarctic Peninsula, tended to face a significant decline from 1999 to 2009.

It had been found that formerly there were 150 breeding pairs, which later feel down to a significant low of 20 pairs. The same has endured their early extinction.

A similar scene is being created in Antarctica, where the largest sea birds have been found to be diminishing as are being observed since last 50 years.

Lead author Stephanie Jenouvrier and his team says that the notable fall being seen is because of the warming temperatures, which are on continuous rise. Also, one reason is the melting of Antarctic sea ice being caused as a result of these global temperatures.

"This is an example of how the human activity far from the poles can affect the life at thousands of kilometers far from our homes", said Andres Barbosa from the National Museum of Natural Sciences.


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