Watch: Study calls for more protections for emperor penguins

In a recent study published in Biological Conservation, researchers from around the world called for additional protections to conserve the emperor penguin (Aptenodyptes forsteri). Reviewing over 150 studies on the species and its environment, they found that rising temperatures and changing wind patterns will negatively impact the Antarctic sea ice on which they breed. Some studies indicate the population will decrease by more than 50% by the end of the century. The species is currently listed as “near threatened” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List. The researchers recommended that the status be raised to “vulnerable.”

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Header Image: Some studies indicate emperor penguins will decline by more than 50 percent by the end of the century. ©Christopher Michel