(Editor’s Note: Another fearmongering myth bites the dust. It really sucks that Mother Nature refuses to be a pawn in the AGW agenda. This won’t make the alarmists very happy. — DQ)Written by Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller on July 18, 2014.
Good news for penguin fans. The global population of penguins has boomed in the last 20 years, despite warnings from environmentalists that penguin numbers would dwindle as global warming melted the polar ice caps.
New reports, however, show these predictions were wrong. The latest reports indicate the number of pairs of Adélie Penguins have increased 53 percent in the last 20 years and the total pairs of Emperor Penguins have increased between 36 and 76 percent during the same time.
A census done by US researchers shows the Adélie Penguin “breeding population 53% larger (3.79 million breeding pairs) than the last estimate in 1993.” The global census was published earlier this month by the American Ornithologists’ Union.
The census also adds that “Adelie Penguin declines on the Antarctic Peninsula are more than offset by increases in East Antarctica.” Eastern Antarctica has seen huge increases in sea ice coverage which provide food for penguin colonies in the south pole.
A similar trend has occurred among Emperor Penguins, who have seen their global population grow from between 135,000–175,000 pairs two decades ago to about 238,000 pairs in 2009. A population census published in 2012 used satellite imagery to find “four new colonies and confirmed the location of three previously suspected sites giving a total number of emperor penguin breeding colonies of 46.” Continue reading here…..