Here & Now: Plight of the Penguins

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Here & Now: New research indicates disappearing sea ice resulted in a widespread breeding failure among emperor penguin colonies. Here’s what the study tells us — and why we should be concerned.

Emperor penguins may be able to live in one of the most hostile and frigid places on earth, but they are not immune to the changes happening from Earth’s warming. As a new study illustrates, colonies of emperor penguins suffered major offspring loss due to record-low sea ice levels. This unsettling event could prove even more catastrophic for emperor penguins, as scientists had already predicted 65% of their species could disappear by 2100 if current activities are not slowed.

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