Melting ice pushing penguins to extinction
Climate change may push penguins to extinction with floating sea ice receding in the Antarctic.
There is a 33% chance that 95% of the Adélie Land colony in Eastern Antarctica will be gone by 2100 and the penguins are showing no signs of adapting to climate changes.
Emperor penguins are likely to be melted out of house and home by climate change, according to a new study.
Earlier work suggests that Antarctica's penguins are already suffering from warming temperatures. Now a group of researchers have combined what is known about emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) ecology with forecasts from 10 leading climate change models to forecast the future of the species.
If conditions stay status quo, the penguin population could be down to a mere few hundred breeding pairs down from 3000 in 2009 and 6000 in the 1970s.
Today, the Adélies outnumber people in this icy patch of the world by 100 to 1. The ratio sounds impressive until Fraser notes that the penguin population has shrunk by 80 percent since he began studying it in 1974, and that he expects the knee-high birds to be extinct in eight years.
Winter temperatures have risen 9-11 degrees Fahrenheit causing the floating ice to disappear.