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Nearly 600,000 Penguins Surveyed in Antarctic | Care2 Healthy Living

Nearly 600,000 Penguins Surveyed in Antarctic | Care2 Healthy Living

Very high resolution satellite images were used to conduct a survey of close to 600,000 emperor penguins in Antarctica, the only place they live. This research project was the first extensive space survey of a wild species. The main point of conducting the population count was establishing an accurate baseline so the impacts of climate change can be measured. In the last fifty years, the Antarctic peninsula has warmed 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of the temperature increase, huge ice shelves have collapsed so the penguins have less habitat. “While current research leads us to expect important declines in the number of emperor penguins over the next century, the effects of warming around Antarctica are regional and uneven. In the future we anticipate that the more southerly colonies should remain, making these important sites for further research and protection,” said on...

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