Emperor penguins could be wiped out by global warming, scientists warn

CNET | 11/7/2019 | Staff
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Emperor penguins are the largest species of penguin.

Here's one more dire indication that climate change is a monster: Charismatic emperor penguins could be headed irreparably toward extinction within a century if our current rate of global warming keeps up.

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A team led by scientists with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts released a study on the possible fate of the penguins in the journal Global Change Biology on Thursday.

WHOI biologist Stephanie Jenouvrier holds a five-month-old Emperor penguin before tagging it.

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"If global climate keeps warming at the current rate, we expect emperor penguins in Antarctica to experience an 86 percent decline by the year 2100," said WHOI ecologist Stephanie Jenouvrier, lead author on the paper. "At that point, it is very unlikely for them to bounce back."

The penguins live, breed, feed and molt on sea ice in Antarctica. That ice is disappearing as the planet heats up. The...
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