Hotter Weather, Heavier Rains Threaten Penguins
Polar bears are the poster children of climate change. But could penguins be next? Reporting in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers write that climate change is causing heavier rains and hotter days in coastal South America, which can kill more penguin chicks than predators or starvation.
Dee Boersma is co-editor of Penguins: Natural History and Conservation (University of Washington Press, 2013); executive editor of Conservation Magazine; director of the Center for Penguins as Ocean Sentinels; and Wadsworth Endowed Chair at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.