Two years ago in June, Boulder experts predicted the demise of Penguins due to declining Antarctic Sea ice.
EMPEROR PENGUINS THREATENED BY ANTARCTIC SEA ICE LOSS
June 20, 2012
BOULDER—A decline in the population of emperor penguins appears likely this century as climate change reduces the extent of Antarctic sea ice, according to a detailed projection published this week.
The study, led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), with co-authors from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and other organizations, focuses on a much-observed colony of emperor penguins in Terre Adélie, Antarctica. The authors conclude that the number of breeding pairs may fall by about 80 percent by 2100.
“The projected decreases in sea ice may fundamentally alter the Antarctic environment in ways that threaten this population of penguins,” says NCAR scientist Marika Holland, a co-author of the study.
Also co-authoring the study were Christophe Barbraud and Henri…
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