Early Ice Break-Up in Antarctica Caused Massive Penguin Chick Mortality, Claims Study

  • Thousands of emperor penguin chicks from four colonies likely died in 2022 due to premature Antarctic ice break-up, leading to a ‘catastrophic breeding failure’.
  • The sea ice loss occurred before the chicks developed waterproof feathers, leaving them vulnerable and unable to survive the harsh conditions.
  • This trend of sea ice loss threatens not only emperor penguins, but other Antarctic species as well, emphasizing the urgency to address climate change.
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