Reductions of up to 77% in half a century have been found by scientists in some of the penguin colonies (of the pylesid species) examined during a Greenpeace expedition to Antarctica. This is known by the environmental association remembering that there are two Greenpeace ships currently engaged in Antarctica, with researchers on board, the icebreakers Esperanza and Arctic Sunrise.
The independent researchers, aided by Greenpeace activists, “found that every single penguin colony examined on Elephant Island has decreased – reads a note – the number of penguins on the island has dropped by almost 60% since the last research in 1971, with a total number of breeding pairs that plummeted to 52,786 from the 122,550 estimated in the previous survey.”
“Such marked declines of the colonies suggest that the ecosystem of the Antarctic Ocean has drastically changed since 50 years ago and that the impacts of such changes are having a domino effect on the food chain of species such as penguins,” he says Heather J.Lynch, associate professor of ecology and evolution at Stony Brook University in New York, one of the expedition’s leaders — Several factors may have contributed to this decline, but all the evidence we have indicates that it’s the changes those who are the main culprits for what we are looking at.” Negotiations for a Global Oceans Agreement will conclude next March in New York: “We call on Italy and governments around the world to reach a strong treaty to save our Blue Planet, there is no more time to lose,” warns Giorgia Monti, head of the Greenpeace Italy’s sea campaign. The team of scientists, from Stony Brook and Northeastern University, explains Greenpeace in the note, also examined a number of colonies of large but relatively unknown pygmy penguins on Low Island, using manual detection techniques and with Drone.
“This is the first time that the island, which is believed to account for about 10,000 breeding pairs, has been the subject of such research,” says the ong. “”We urgently need marine sanctuaries, not only in the Antarctic, but in all the world’s oceans. Only animals like penguins will have a place to recover from the impact of human activities and adapt to a rapidly changing climate,” adds Giorgia Monti. In recent days, Greenpeace activists around the world – from Seoul to London, from Buenos Aires to Cape Town – have installed penguin-shaped ice sculptures in some iconic places, recalling the threat of climate change to their lives I don’t know. In Rome, Greenpeace reports, activists masquerading as penguins demonstrated in front of the Colosseum.