Emperor Penguins could be one of the next animals to become extinct, scientists warn

Eco 11/11/2019

If you need another example of just how global warming is affecting our plant, then the latest statement from scientists should help you out.

According to a team from US Based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the fate of Emperor Penguins could be dire - and it's all due to Earth's rising tempratures.

"If global climate keeps warming at the current rate, we expect emperor penguins in Antarctica to experience an 86 percent decline by the year 2100," said WHOI ecologist Stephanie Jenouvrier. "At that point, it is very unlikely for them to bounce back."  

As Cnet reports, the Emperor Penguins live, breed, feed and molt on the Antarctic sea ice, and with the ice disappearing as our planet's temperatures rise, it's not looking great for them.

The scientists ran the numbers for several possible futures.

The Paris Climate Accord is an international agreement that aims to hold global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. If we can pull that off, then Emperor Penguins would face population declines, but not almost-certain extinction by 2100. 

If the globe continues to warm at its current pace, then the personable penguins are in serious trouble. "Under business‐as‐usual greenhouse gas emissions, we show that 80% of the colonies are projected to be quasiextinct by 2100," the scientists said.