Study: Climate Change Killing Penguins
Wetter storms, warmer temperatures taking a toll in Argentina, say researchers
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2014 6:35 PM CST
A trio of new adolescent Magellanic penguins at the San Francisco Zoo.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

(Newser) – Researchers who have spent nearly 30 years studying a major penguin colony on the coast of Argentina say climate change is taking a real toll on the animals, reports LiveScience. In their study published in PLoS One, the researchers say wetter storms that are particularly deadly for young chicks are becoming more frequent. The chicks die from hypothermia because they haven't yet grown a waterproof coat, explains NBC News. The researchers also cited hotter temperatures.

“Rainfall is killing a lot of penguins, and so is heat,” the lead author of the study from the University of Washington tells the New York Times. “And those are two new causes.” The Times says the study is significant because it's "one of the first to show a direct impact of climate change on seabirds." The researchers say it's a safe assumption that other species in the region are suffering a similar fate, and they worry about climate models showing that the extreme weather isn't going away. "We're going to see years where almost no chicks survive if climate change makes storms bigger and more frequent during vulnerable times of the breeding season as climatologists predict," says the study's co-author.

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orlandojon
Jan 30, 2014 4:34 PM CST
The true Penguin killers are liberals trying to rob the food off the tax payers table
I'm Your Huckleberry
Jan 30, 2014 8:29 AM CST
***Reality: Climate Change Killing Jobs***
homer1057
Jan 30, 2014 7:25 AM CST
I KNOW this is NOT Savoury, but: The law of averages always goes like this: Always think the worst when it comes to man and his goodness, always think negative! Man at his best estate is altogether VANITY, he is wretched, and sinful and wicked and his heart is desparetly wicked! Mankind loves darkness rather than light! For a man to not sin for one day is about as possible as climbing Mt.Everest and playing 18 holes of Golf in Jan by tommorrow night! There are those who think they are better than most and those that think they should be: but when it all comes to pass, and the TRUTH comes out..."ALL have sinned and come SHORT of the Glory of GOD....Myself included! What does anyone do about that? 1 Peter 3:18 KJV the "JUST" for the UNJUST (Him for ME) what more could anyone ask for!