SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Penguins cannot converse English. They can not inform us they need assistance. They’ll solely adapt to their setting — and that setting is quickly altering.
Greenpeace campaigners and scientists from Stony Brook College are within the Antarctic, on this Penguin Consciousness Day, they usually’re seeing firsthand what the local weather disaster has completed.
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Expedition lead Louisa Casson says they simply discovered a brand new colony of penguins the place they did not look forward to finding them. The crew counted 75 Gentoo penguin chicks on the farthest southernmost level that is ever been reported on the jap Antarctic Peninsula.
“That is vital as a result of this species used to solely be capable to breed additional north. This space was far too icy to boost chicks. It is a clear indication that the local weather disaster is continuous to impact this area and actually underlines the necessity for pressing safety for these new penguin habitats and the Antarctic Ocean at massive,” Casson stated.
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The crew can be discovering some species are declining due to the disappearing sea ice, whereas others are rising attributable to rising temperatures. The western aspect of Antarctica is among the quickest warming locations on the planet. Collapses in some penguin populations have already been reported there.
“On this area we’re in proper now, the Weddell Sea, governments have been discussing a proposal to create a marine protected space right here for years and but each single 12 months they preserve failing,” Casson stated. “They don’t have any downside with permitting industrial fishing to be occurring across the Antarctic peninsula, however in terms of creating protecting areas they’re shifting at a glacial tempo. That should change and this must be the 12 months.”
Casson says wildlife is dealing with too many threats and a community of ocean sanctuaries is required proper now.
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