Tag: Antarctic

Penguins are slow to evolve, making them vulnerable to climate change
Sliding down snowy Antarctic slopes and zipping through frigid waters, penguins seem perfectly suited to their environment. But the charismatic birds weren’t always flightless aquatic acrobats: Evolving from flying to swimming demanded an almost entirely new set of skills, body shapes, and functions. Now, new research uses an unprecedented combination of fossil records and genomic […]
Humpback whales face a major setback from climate change
After largely recovering from decades of overhunting, one of the most iconic whale species may be at risk from climate change, as warming waters could force it away from its traditional breeding grounds in the tropics. According to a new study , projected sea surface temperature increases mean that many humpback whale breeding areas would […]
Emperor penguin at serious risk of extinction due to climate change - ABC News
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). Key points: 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 […]
1.5 vs 2C: What difference can a lousy half a degree of global warming make? - ABC News
What started as quiet concern is growing much louder among climate scientists: without a very radical change of course within the next few years, we’re not going to stop the world from passing 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming. At the rate we’re going, we’ve got around 10 years until we hit 1.5C. In terms of the numbers: the Intergovernmental Panel […]