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The Antarctic Peninsular is heating up fast. If the temperature rises too high, penguins could find the sea ice they depend on melting beneath their feet. Discover why climate change is such a threat to Emperor and Adelie penguins. And why urgent action is needed.


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Mass migration ?

The Antarctic Peninsula is home to 6 percent of the world’s majestic Emperor penguins and 21 percent of all Adelies. But for how much longer? The region is warming much faster than almost anywhere else on earth. And if its ice sheets disappear, so will many of its penguins.

Both the Emperor and Adelie penguins rely on sea ice for places to breed and access to food. Like polar bears in the Arctic, it is critical to their survival. And while some penguins may be able to adapt to the thawing of their icy world, most will not.

A WWF study in 2008 estimated that 50% of the Emperor penguins and 75% of the Adelies would probably decline or disappear if the average global temperature rose by more than 2 degrees Celsius. And that can only be averted if urgent action is taken by people, businesses and governments around the globe.

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