Emperor Penguins.

How the Emperor Penguins are affected by climate change.

Do you want to know how this little baby penguin is being affected by climate change? Of course you do. Who could resist this cute little face?!

"Even penguins are affected by the climate change that takes place out there. Due to global warming around the world, their natural environment is affected. Those species that live in the extremely cold regions depend on the ice because it is what they walk on." ~ Penguins-World.com

This is fan art from the manga, 'Yotsuba' made by Kiyohiko Azuma. Here, Yotsuba is complaining to her father about global warming. See? Even Yotsuba cares about the well-being of those adorable penguins. Cause if climate change continues to occur, well, would you like to deal with this child's rage? I would think not!

Now let's get back to business. As you can see, this graph represents how the population of the penguins has started to decrease from 1956 to 1996 because of the rising temperature. The temperature continues to rise, and the penguins fight for survival. But its seems that the penguins cannot deal with the rising temperature.

We all need to be aware of global warming and how it affects the world around us. Because of global warming, The world is heating up and people, animals, and plants around us are being hurt. We need to help with this problem. Just imagine what would happen to this little guy if we didn't help!

Specifically, more than 2/3 of Antarctica's Emperor penguin colonies will decline by more than 50% by the end of this century. Does that sound bad to you? If not, You should see a doctor about it. Why? Because you must not have a heart! Why would anyone not want to do all that they can to save this adorable species?! You have to be crazy to turn these penguins down!

"Emperor Penguins are an iconic and charismatic species, highly adapted to living in the unforgiving conditions of the Antarctic .

  • For much of the year, Emperor Penguins live on thick sea ice, which they use for mating, chick rearing and moulting.
  • In some regions of the Antarctic, seasonal sea ice extent and thickness have reduced in recent decades following climate change. Continued warming will lead to further reductions in sea ice, impacting Emperor Penguins, with more northerly colonies being most at risk.
    • The biomass of Antarctic krill has decreased in recent decades correlating with decreases in sea ice. Changes in krill abundance are likely to negatively affect Emperor Penguins and many other Antarctic species.
    • Emperor Penguins highlight the possible impacts of rising sea temperatures and melting sea ice due to climate change. These changes directly or indirectly affect many other species in the Antarctic marine ecosystem."
  • All of the information above was provided by the following website: http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/fact_sheet_red_list_emperor.pdf
  • "Sea ice is important for penguins and for other things living around Antarctica. For instance, krill, the tiny shrimplike animals that penguins and other animals eat, feed on algae that grow on the underside of sea ice. What's more the penguins raise their young on the ice during the harsh Antarctic winter. However, this makes getting close enough to the birds to study difficult for scientists.

    While sea ice in the Arctic has receded to new lows in recent years, the dynamics are different at the southern end of the planet. The West Antarctic Peninsula, which juts north, has warmed rapidly. And one emperor penguin colony, historically located on Emperor Island in the peninsula's Dion Islands, appears to have disappeared entirely.

    However, shrinking sea ice is not the case for all of Antarctica's waters, but, ultimately, global warming is expected to shrink Antarctic sea ice significantly.

    Based on observations at this colony, Jenouvrier and colleagues developed a mathematical model describing the population dynamics of emperor penguins, factored in the effects of sea ice and looked at how climate change may affect the penguins' numbers using a series of climate models.

    They produced a wide range of results. At one end, the projections showed the complete loss of the penguins before the end of this century; the most optimistic projection predicted an increase in population until just before 2080 and a sharp decrease the last decade or so of the century.

    The median, or middle, projection, however, estimated a decline to 575 breeding pairs by 2100."

    The information above was provided by the following website:

    http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2012/0621/Global-warming-spells-bad-news-for-emperor-penguins-study-finds

    So, my fellow humans. I understand that this project has changed your mind on the penguins. If not, go to the doctor again about your heart. Or, possibly, just get a new doctor. Anyways, follow these adorable penguins and I to help with climate change! Onward!

    Made by:
    Faith Hulett and Eli Collier

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