Earlier on this year, a team of scientists braved the freezing conditions of the Antarctic to count Chinstrap penguins.
____ Chinstrap penguins are disappearing fast.
The results show that penguin numbers have dropped by around two-thirds since they were last counted in the 1970’s and some colonies are losing as many as 7 out of 10 penguins.
Rising temperatures, loss of food from industrial fishing and disappearing sea ice are all to blame.
Climate change is a growing concern for penguins that live in Antarctica—the emperor penguin and the Adelie penguin. These species depend on sea ice for access to food and for places to breed. But the sea ice has been disappearing, and penguin populations along with it
A 2008 WWF study estimated that 50% of the emperor penguins and 75% of the Adelie penguins will likely decline or disappear if global average temperatures rise above pre-industrial levels by just 2 degrees C—a scenario that could be reached in less than 40 years.
10 of the world’s 18 species of penguin are threatened with extinction. The Emperor Penguin population is pretty stable right now, but climate change projections suggest they will decline by 20-29% over the next three generations.
A 2016 study found that over the past 40 years, tiny crustaceans called krill have declined by up to 80 percent in some Antarctic seas.Krill are the foundation of the Antarctic food web: Penguins eat the shrimp-like creatures, as do small fish (which penguins also eat)
Penguins have had to endure that many species of fish and squid are common targets of the fishing industry, so food availability is reducing for them. The overexploitation of anchoveta, for example is a major factor in reducing the number of the Humboldt penguins.
An estimated 10 per cent of cotton buds are flushed down toilets and can end up in waterways and oceans.
This is the conclusion from a 2015 study that warned that, at current rates of plastic production and pollution, 99.8 percent of the 186 species included in the report would be chowing down on plastic trash by mid-century
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£99 is what Pierrick’s awesome featured print will cost you but above all what will be given to his chosen charity – Greenpeace.
Here is what Pierrick has to say about it all –
“The evidence, Greenpeace is collecting throughout the year and on many issues such as Antartica Penguins endangered status, is crucial to ensure treaties or human intervention work to protect our oceans and the wildlife that call them home.
This is why I support this organisation”
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