Be Afraid

Emperor Penguins Face Extinction

Your daily guilt trip: According to The Times of London, researchers are predicting that, if sea ice continues to melt at its current rate, emperor penguins—the adorable Antarctic birds featured in March of the Penguins—could be extinct by the end of the century. The study focused on a single population at Terre Adelie, whose population would decline from 3,000 to about 400 under the current model. Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute based their calculations on models from the International Committee on Climate Change.