Alarm over collapse of chinstrap penguin numbers

Alarm over collapse of chinstrap penguin numbers

Colonies of chinstrap penguins have fallen by more than half across islands in Antarctica, prompting scientific concern that “something is broken” in the world’s wildest ecosystem. After more than a month counting chicks in the South Shetland Islands, researchers suspect global heating is behind the sharp fall in numbers of the distinctive birds, which get […]

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Antarctica’s Most Numerous Penguin Has Suffered Huge Declines, Expedition Finds

Antarctica’s Most Numerous Penguin Has Suffered Huge Declines, Expedition Finds

One month ago, I arrived with a team of scientists at Elephant Island, Antarctica—a lonesome, 29-mile-long hunk of glacier and granite off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The island was chronicled by a member of Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated 1916 expedition as “about as inhospitable as one could well imagine,” and it hasn’t changed much […]

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