Penguin Decline in Antarctica Linked With Climate Change

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: May 9, 2001   View Article

Emperor penguins like it cold. Now, scientists have determined that the penguins’ susceptibility to climate change accounts for a dramatic decline in their number over the past half century.

Over the past 50 years, the population of Antarctic emperor penguins has declined by 50 percent. Using the longest series of data available, researchers have shown that an abnormally long warm spell in the Southern Ocean during the late 1970s contributed to a decline in the population of emperor penguins at Terre Adelie, Antarctica.

Related Posts

Volcano under Antarctic ice may erupt, accelerate melting

Message from the mud: East Antarctic meltdown could cause massive sea rise

As ice melts, life abounds in Antarctic

‘Horrible’ sea level rise of more than 3 feet plausible by 2100, experts say

100-year-old whisky highlights art of blending

© 2008-2010 Collected Writings By John Roach