Climate harms penguin populations

Creatures at the southernmost region of the world are in peril from the effects of global warming, claims a recent report by the World Wildlife Federation.

According to the organization, several species of penguins are experiencing difficult changes due to climate change. Lost habitat from warmer temperatures, coupled with overfishing, has led to depleted food sources and diminished breeding areas on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Several colonies of emperor penguins, the world’s largest breed of penguin, have been cut in half during the past 50 years. Adélie penguins have suffered even more during the past 25 years, losing as much as 65 percent of their population at the hardest-hit region along the northwestern coast.