Monday, 28 April 2014

Climate Change Strikes Baby Penguins


Climate change strikes baby penguins, brings consequences they can't handle

Global climate changes are a threat to many inhabitants of our planet, and some of them are at risk not because of the homo sapiens or their activities, but because of the vagaries of nature. The discussions about potential danger posed by such drastic changes in climate as global warming persist no matter how many spears are broken.

In the end, despite some inaccuracy of judgments, it is undeniable that in the long term it is homo sapiens who has a significant impact, if not on the environment as a whole, as a rather abstract thing, then on their neighbors from the animal world for certain. People naturally feel responsible for their younger brothers, and strive to correct all the wrongdoings.

However, in the case of baby penguins, neither people, nor our actions can be the cause of the animal disaster. It is all about heavy rainfalls and warmer temperatures in the areas where the penguins live. Biology professor Dee Boersma studied the weather patterns and wildlife populations around Punta Tombo, close to Argentina, home to the largest population of Magellanic penguins, when he found out that rainfall and storms have significantly strengthened and increased in number throughout the last few decades. More importantly, their peak now strikes penguins during their breeding period, which naturally results in hypothermia and the drastic decrease in the penguins’ population.

Almost two-thirds of hatchlings cannot get strong enough to get out of their nests, and starve to death or become food to birds and other animals, while their parents struggle to keep themselves alive under the grave weather conditions, desperately trying to store some food.

One of this facts could seem less tragic by itself, if it had not been multiplied by the existence of the other. What it means, is that severe storms are bad enough for penguins, but the consequences they bring for the future generations of the poor creatures from the Argentinean coast, are simply more than they can handle.

As for the solution to the problem, the scientists are trying to come up with a plan of sorts, but surely it is difficult to fight Mother Nature in her own dominion.

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