Penguins Respond to Climate Change

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Emperor Penguins in Antarctica have responded to climate change and decreasing sea ice finding new breeding sites.

     A new study of four Antarctic emperor penguin colonies has revealed that these penguins are moving their breeding sites to thick, floating ice shelves from the traditional thin layer of ice sheet in response to climate change. The study found that in the years 2011 and 2012, the sea ice didn’t form until a month after the breeding season began.  This forced the penguins to climb up the higher floating ice shelves, not an easy task for these unproportional little creatures.  The decrease of sea has led to this species to be designated as “near threatened.”