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Penguin Chicks Are Dying Off as Antarctic Sea Ice Disappears

Disappearing sea ice is taking a toll on the youngest members of the largest species of penguins, new research finds. Emperor Penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) are born into the darkness of Antarctica’s long winter and then fledge around December, when the days of the Southern Hemisphere’s summer are longest. Until fledging—when…
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August 24, 2023
Antarctica

Extremely rare black penguin spotted in Antarctica

Life For just the second time, biologists have spotted a gentoo penguin with melanism, a genetic condition that results in unusually dark feathers By Corryn Wetzel This unusual gentoo penguin has exceptionally dark plumage Rocio Nigro, Anahi M. Silvestro, Mariana Juares and Pamela Di Marco A gentoo penguin with unusually…
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August 24, 2023
Antarctica

For Antarctica’s emperor penguins, ‘there is no time left’

AnimalsA new study predicts a bleak future for these iconic birds, which experienced an unprecedented breeding failure last year due to record-low sea ice levels. ByHeather Richardson Published August 24, 2023 • 5 min read For emperor penguins, sea ice is essential to survival. The iconic birds, found only in…
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August 24, 2023
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Lessons from Antarctica about Raising Kids in the Climate Crisis

Nonfiction Nurturing Uncertainty What can Antarctica's "doomsday glacier" teach us about community? The Quickening: Creation and Community at the Ends of the Earth by Elizabeth Rush Milkweed, 2023 ($30) As writer Elizabeth Rush prepares for her two-month expedition to Antarctica, on an icebreaker ship staffed with scientists from around the…
bubmag
August 20, 2023