Penguins and climate change
About the Emperor Penguin
"Emperors are the largest of all penguins—an average bird stands some 45 inches (115 centimeters) tall. These flightless animals live on the Antarctic ice and in the frigid surrounding waters. Penguins employ physiological adaptations and cooperative behaviors in order to deal with an incredibly harsh environment, where wind chills can reach -76°F (-60°C)." (National Geographic)
About Climate Change
Climate Change or Global Warming refers to the rising surface temperature of our earth. According to EPA (us environmental protection agency) "Earth's average temperature has risen by 1.5°F over the past century, and is projected to rise another 0.5 to 8.6°F over the next hundred years." This shows us the true severity of what is happening. Human Induced climate change is the BIGGEST single problem facing the human race as well as many other animal species today. Carbon dioxide is Far Higher than it has been in recent history. This is because of human activities that have caused such a high concentration to accumulate in the atmosphere.
A breathing planet off balance
The Impacts of climate change.
Climate change is effecting the world in negative ways. It results in melting icecaps, warming and rising seas, as well as increased global temperatures. (Nasa) These things not only affect humans but plants and animals alike. All species are falling victim to climate change and it should not be taken lightly.
How Climate change effects penguins
Although we may not see it, climate change effects penguins too. According to Penguins-World, "Those species that live in the extremely cold regions depend on the ice because it is what they walk on. When it is melting at fast rates it completely changes their natural environment. At the same time it can make them vulnerable to predators that they were protected from in the past due to the thick sheets of ice." Because of us, the habitat for emperor penguins is dwindling and we need to stop it. The decrease in sea ice causes it to break-up before the chicks have time to mature and some are swept into the ocean where they often die.(actionbioscience)
(National Geographic) http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/emperor-penguin/