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Climate change threatening penguins in Antarctica

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  2 July 2016 12:00 AM GMT

New York, July 1: Continued warming of Antarctica due to climate change could wipe out 60 per cent of Adelie penguin colonies by the end of this century, warns new research. The climate change impacts will be highly site-specific based on regiol climate trends on Antarctica, said Vincent Saba from Northeast Fisheries Science Center, tiol Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency of the US Department of Commerce. Historic satellite observations and future climate model projections were used to estimate past and future changes in habitat suitability during the penguins’ chick-rearing period. The researchers found that recent climate warming along the West Antarctic Peninsula corresponded to population declines, while stable or cooling conditions in other parts of the continent corresponded to stable or increasing populations. (IANS)

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