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On thin ice: penguins and global warming


It ocurred to us the other day that we haven't posted a story about penguins yet. So here is one from a WWF report which came out recently that shows that melting sea ice and over-fishing have triggered a 50% decline in the population of Emperor penguins in the last 50 years.

Emily Lewis Brown of the WWF notes: "As the ice melts, these icons of the Antarctic will have to face an extremely tough battle to survive. One of the coldest environments in the world is actually seeing some of the fastest rates of global warming, and unless action is taken to reduce global CO2 emissions, the future of many Antarctic species looks bleak."

Here is a link to the story as covered on the msn website

Posted by Tim Fright on February 9, 2008 2:20 PM