First-Ever “State Of Antarctic Penguins 2017” Report Releases on World Penguin Day and Reveals Dramatic Declines in Penguin Populations – Climate Change Implications

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These iconic birds are canaries in the coal mine. They provide critical insights into the dramatic changes taking place in the Antarctic. What’s happening to penguin populations can have important implications for all of us.

The inaugural “State Of Antarctic Penguins 2017” (SOAP) report was released today for World Penguin Day, and the findings indicate at least two species of Antarctic penguin, Adélie and chinstrap, have declined significantly where vast warming has occurred on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Oceanites, a leading international science-based NGO studying penguins and other Antarctic seabirds and analyzing impacts on these species, reveals these findings and identifies other important trends about the keystone Antarctic penguin species—Adélie, chinstrap, emperor, and gentoo—noting future concerns about these populations.

The groundbreaking report summarizes for the first time in more than two decades the best available, up-to-date Antarctic penguin population data–aggregating data from 660 or more sites across the entire Antarctic continent and drawing on current scientific data, including 3,176 records from 101 sources of on-the-ground colony counts and satellite photo analyses.

Downloadable “SOAP 2017” report and press assets:

A full copy of the “State Of Antarctic Penguins 2017” report is available online for free at the Oceanites website: https://oceanites.org/soap/. A PDF copy of the report, along with photographs, maps, graphics, and videos available for use in connection with today’s announcement, are available for download here.

The results of the first-of-its-kind report are both significant and alarming, according to Oceanites founder and president Ron…

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