(PresidentialInsider.com)- In addition to Climate Change destroying the world in less than ten years, apparently it’s going to send the emperor penguins into “quasi-extinction” as well. At least that’s what some researchers are saying.
According to a study published in the journal Global Change Biology, researchers claim that global warming could kill off the emperor penguin because melting sea ice destroys its habitat. At the same time, these researchers also say expanding sea ice is bad because it makes the journey from ice to water longer.
In other words, whether the planet is warming or cooling, these researchers think the emperor penguin is headed for “quasi-extinction.”
“Quasi-extinction” is when population numbers are so low, there is very little chance of replenishing the species. The study in Global Change Biology suggests that this “quasi-extinction” could happen sometime before the end of this century.
While there is no definitive timetable of when this will happen, the researchers conducting this study point to a 2016 early break up of sea ice which killed more than ten thousand chicks from Antarctica’s second-largest emperor penguin colony. Over the subsequent five years, the colony has not yet recovered from this massive loss.
What’s more the researchers suggest that current global warming trends show that sea ice in Antarctica is melting at a rate that could see the emperor penguin going quasi-extinct by 2100. If that happens, the researchers say, it would mean the penguins would have little chance of recovering and would probably go fully extinct sometime after that.
“Suggest.” “Could.” There’s a lot of maybes involved in Climate Change “research.”
Of course if the emperor penguin is probably going to be around until 2100, doesn’t that mean the world isn’t going to end in less than ten years? It’s hard to keep up with the Climate Change dire predictions, especially when they so often contradict each other.
While the US Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the emperor penguin as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, that really doesn’t do much since emperor penguins are not indigenous to the United States.
However, the researchers suggest that Fish and Wildlife making them “threatened” could put pressure on companies to limit greenhouse gases. Researchers also suggest that the US imposing limits on fishing in the region where the penguins live.
And in case it wasn’t clear where this was headed, the study also points out that returning to the Paris Climate Accord (which President Trump withdrew from in 2017) would also help save the penguins.