Loss Of Antarctic Ice Hurting Survival Of Emperor Penguin Chicks: Study

"WASHINGTON — The loss of ice in one region of Antarctica last year likely resulted in none of the emperor penguin chicks surviving in four colonies, researchers reported Thursday.

Emperor penguins hatch their eggs and raise their chicks on the ice that forms around the continent each Antarctic winter and melts in the summer months.

Researchers used satellite imagery to look at breeding colonies in a region near Antarctica’s Bellingshausen Sea. The images showed no ice was left there in December during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer, as had occurred in 2021."

Christina Larson reports for the Associated Press August 24, 2023.

Source: AP, 08/25/2023