As we’ve seen previously, humans aren’t the only ones susceptible to climate change. Emperor penguins are also suffering tremendously. According to ABC, “the emperor penguin is at severe risk of extinction in the next 30 to 40 years as a result of climate change, according to research by the Argentine Antarctic Institute (IAA). The emperor, the world’s largest penguin and one of only two penguin species endemic to Antarctica, gives birth during the Antarctic winter and requires solid sea ice from April through to December to nest fledgling chicks.”
This is heartbreaking. If Emperor Penguins go extinct, it’ll create a chain reaction of events that’ll affect the future in more ways than one. Biologist Marcela Libertelli, a scientist who had studied 15,000 penguins in Antarctica, said, “if the water reaches the newborn penguins, which are not ready to swim and do not have waterproof plumage, they die of the cold and drown.” Again, we’re seeing the detrimental effects of climate change on animals and our future (ABC).