Friday, 13 April 2012

New study: Plenty of penguins in Antarctica

Even in a worst case global warming scenario, there  would be  plenty of  emperor  penguins  in Antarctica

A new study, based on satellite image tracking, shows that there are twice as many emperor penguins in Antarctica than previously thought:

University of Minnesota researchers have counted twice as many emperor penguins in Antarctica as were previously estimated.
Doctoral student Michelle LaRue is perfecting techniques to enhance high-resolution satellite images to accurately counts Emperor Penguins — these are the penguins who sit on their eggs through the cold Antarctic winter, and were the stars of documentary, "The March of the Penguins."
LaRue's images were analyzed by the university's Polar Geospatial Center, which revealed that nearly 600,000 penguins live in Antarctica.   

Not surprisingly, the warmist researcher issued a warning about the influence of possible future global warming:

The biggest challenge for the penguins and seals is the loss of sea ice due to global warming, LaRue said. Scientists expect the population of emperor penguins to decline by half in the next 50-100 years because of global warming.

Even if the emperors would decline by half in 50-100 years, they would still be as many as experts previously thought they are now!
(image by wikipedia)

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