The biggest threat to emperor penguins may not be leopard seals or even killer whales, but a much larger predator: global warming.
Climate change, which is quickly melting the sea ice this species depends on for survival, could cause dramatic drops in the number of emperor penguins across Antarctica by the end of the century, a new study finds. Specifically, more than two-thirds of Antarctica’s emperor penguin colonies will decline by more than 50 percent by the end of the century under future climate change scenarios.
Look at this chart. Where do you see the melting?
The problem the emperor penguins have right now is the long walk from the breeding grounds to open water. This distance keeps growing as the sea ice expands.
How can scientist write about melting ice, when it has been expanding since 2001? This is how the climate change grant whores make their money, avoiding the facts and publishing bull shit to insure they get the next climate change grant.