Antarctica warms, which threatens penguins

Unexpected rates of warming threaten to change Antarctica and pose a threat to the survival of some of its penguins.

By Susan Gaidos, 00:00 AM February 2, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the 1950s, some portions of Antarctica have cooled (as denoted in faint blue tones), but many areas, including West Antarctica, have warmed substantially (red tones). The stronger the tone, the larger the warming or cooling.

 

Since the 1950s, some portions of Antarctica have cooled (as denoted in faint blue tones), but many areas, including West Antarctica, have warmed substantially (red tones). The stronger the tone, the larger the warming or cooling.

 

NASA and E.J. Steig

 

New evidence from satellites and weather stations suggests that way down south, Antarctica is feeling the heat. And that’s not good news for penguins.

 

Scientists studying climate change knew some coastal areas of Antarctica were warm...

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