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January 22, 2021 - UNILAD

Penguins Threatened By Climate Change Face Extinction Without Our Help

Penguins Threatened By Climate Change Face Extinction Without Our Help
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It’s not new information that sea ice in the Antarctic is decreasing at concerning rates; just last February the continent saw its temperatures rising above 20 degrees for the first time in history. This type of news is often followed with how this will affect us as humans, but what about the penguins that live there?

Dr. Michelle LaRue, an ecologist and science communicator at the University of Minnesota, has long studied penguins. She uses high resolution satellite images to see where the birds live in the Antarctic, how many there are, and uses the information to work out why they’re situated there and how they relate to each other within their local or regional communities.

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