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98% of emperor penguin colonies could be extinct by 2100 - here's how to protect them

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Penguins are at risk as a warming climate affects sea ice in Antarctica. Image: Unsplash/Ian Parker

Stephanie Jenouvrier
Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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When the sea ice gets too thin, it can break out early and penguin chicks may drown. Image: Sylvain Cordier/DigitalVision via Getty Images

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The number of breeding pairs of emperor penguins at Pointe Géologie is projected to decline significantly. Image: Jenouvrier et al., 2020

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The projected status of emperor penguin colonies by 2100 and annual mean change of sea ice concentrations between the 20th and 21st centuries. Image: Natalie Renier/WHOI, Jenouvrier et al. 2021

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