Climate change forcing penguins to extinction

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Antarctica’s emperor penguins should be listed as endangered species and their habitats should be better protected, scientists said, as global warming can force them to decline in 2100. The birds need sea ice for breeding and raising their young; it also protects their prey by maintaining the food chain. In a paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change, scientists said “at least 75% of the emperor penguin colonies are at least vulnerable to future sea ice change, and 20% will probably be quasi-extinct by 2100.”

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