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Tech & Science Chinstrap penguins are starving to death in Antarctica as the temperature hits record highs.

23:15  14 february  2020
23:15  14 february  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

Antarctica hits hottest temperature on record

  Antarctica hits hottest temperature on record The provisional reading of 18.3C (64.9F) beats the previous record of 17.5C, logged in 2015.The reading, taken on Thursday by Argentine research base Esperanza, is 0.8C hotter than the previous peak temperature of 17.5C, in March 2015.

Chinstrap penguins on Elephant Island in Antarctica on Feb. It’s hot times for the Earth coldest continent, as Antarctica registered its highest temperature ever this month when it reached a balmy 68 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a report Thursday.

Antarctic sea ice levels hit record low, but experts are not sure why. Creating the world’s largest ever protected area, in the Antarctic Ocean, would be a signal that corporate lobbying and national interests are no match for a unified global call for our political leaders to protect what belongs to us all.

a group of people riding skis on a body of water: Researchers travelled to Antarctica to study starving penguins Researchers travelled to Antarctica to study starving penguins
  • Researchers from Northeastern and Stony Brook universities travelled to Antarctica to study chinstrap penguins.
  • As temperatures continue to increase, the krill that chinstrap penguins feed on are moving south to colder waters that are out of their reach, research showed.
  • Other species of penguins, that feed on more than krill, are surviving.
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Antarctica is warming and penguins are starving.

Researchers from Northeastern and Stony Brook universities are using drones and a machine learning program to measure the losses.

Antarctic base records hottest temperature ever

  Antarctic base records hottest temperature ever Antarctic base records hottest temperature everThe Esperanza base on the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula recorded a temperature of 18.3 degrees Celsius (64.94 degrees Fahrenheit), the highest on record, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday.

The chinstrap penguin , named after the narrow black band under its head, inhabits the islands and shores of The World Meteorological Organization said last week that a research base in Antarctica had recorded the hottest temperature ever for the continent – 64.94 degrees Fahrenheit – as global

The numbers of chinstrap penguins on Elephant Island, Antarctica , are dwindling. Studying them can be difficult, as they prefer living As the dinghy departs the Esperanza, which remains anchored at a safe distance from the underwater rock formations off the island, Liu sees what looks like a snow-clad

Scientists suspect that the population of chinstrap penguins that live off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula is dwindling because the krill they enjoy eating are moving south to colder waters out of their reach.

Antarctica sees record high temperature of 18.3C amid rising concern over melting ice sheets

  Antarctica sees record high temperature of 18.3C amid rising concern over melting ice sheets Experts say the Antarctic Peninsula, on the continent's northwest tip near South America, is among the fastest warming regions on Earth — at almost three degrees Celsius over the last half-century. "Over the past 50 years it's warmed almost three degrees Celsius," said Ms Nullis.The record in the wider Antarctic region is 19.8 degrees in January, 1982.Some 87 per cent of glaciers along the west coast of the peninsula have retreated over that 50-year span, with most showing an accelerated retreat over the last 12 years, WMO said.

Chinstrap penguins return to their colony at Stinker Point, on the west coast of Elephant Island. But when Strycker and his fellow scientists spent 11 days counting chinstrap nests as part of a scientific survey this January, they discovered tens of thousands of penguins were missing.

The highest temperatures ever recorded in Antarctica were just announced. And they may be warmer than you think. Why so? Antarctica has been referred to as the "last place on Earth." It has recently been in the news because of a gigantic rift in the Antarctic Peninsulas's Larsen C ice shelf.

The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest-warming parts of the world. Most of the glaciers in that region are retreating quickly.

Here are six photos from the research expedition.

Northeastern University doctoral student Yang Liu is studying the penguin population on Elephant Island,

a group of people on a beach: Northeastern University doctoral student Yang Liu and chinstrap penguins Northeastern University doctoral student Yang Liu and chinstrap penguins

Liu is among a team of researchers from Northeastern and Stony Brook universities studying the chinstrap penguin population on Elephant Island, which is about 150 miles off the Antarctic peninsula.

"For sites which are too large for manual penguin counting, we use the machine learning program to count the penguins automatically," Liu reported back to Northeastern University.

The researchers sailed aboard the Greenpeace vessel Esperanza.

a man and a woman standing in front of a mountain: The view from the Greenpeace vessel Esperanza in Antarctica The view from the Greenpeace vessel Esperanza in Antarctica

The researchers are a part of a scientific expedition that has sailed on the Greenpeace vessel Esperanza from Ushuaia, on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of Argentina to Elephant Island,Vikrant Shah, who is assisting with the research, reported to his university.

Uh Oh, Antarctica Just Set A New Heat Record

  Uh Oh, Antarctica Just Set A New Heat Record It’s positively balmy in Antarctica. The National Meteorological Service of Argentina announced on Twitter that its Esperanza weather station recorded a new high for the continent: 18.3 degrees Celsius. The previous temperature record for Antarctica was set on March 24, 2015, when this same weather station recorded 17.5 degrees Celsius near the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula closest to South America.

Antarctica penguins generally feed on small fish and krill. It is easy to determine the diet of a particular penguin By far the most recognizable Antarctica penguin , Emperor penguins are the ‘classic’ type that Immediately after the eggs hatch, females return to take care of the chick, giving the starving

The chinstrap penguin , named after the narrow black band under its head, inhabits the islands and shores of the Southern Pacific and Antarctic Oceans and The World Meteorological Organization said last week that a research base in Antarctica had recorded the hottest temperature ever for the

They took a dinghy from the ship to Elephant Island.

a group of people sitting at a beach: Researchers from Northeastern and Stony Brook universities off of Antarctica Researchers from Northeastern and Stony Brook universities off of Antarctica

The Esperanza remained anchored a safe distance from the underwater rock formations near Elephant Island. Researchers took a dinghy the rest of the way.

The chinstrap penguin population is declining.

a man standing on a rocky beach: Chinstrap penguins on Elephant Island Chinstrap penguins on Elephant Island

The chinstraps on Elephant Island haven't been counted since 1971.

Researchers believe that half of the population that was once there is now gone.

The observations are similar to the falling numbers of chinstrap penguins in other parts of the continent, according to the researchers.

As chinstraps decline, the gentoo penguin population increases.

a group of people standing next to a pile of luggage: Team of researchers from Northeastern and Stony Brook universities who are studying the penguin population on Elephant Island. Team of researchers from Northeastern and Stony Brook universities who are studying the penguin population on Elephant Island.

While researchers have found the chinstrap population on the decline, the population of gentoo penguins on Elephant Island is on the rise.

Scientists believe that warmer temperatures allow gentoo penguins, which feed on more than just krill, to thrive farther south, Vikrant Shah reported to Northeastern University.

Number of chinstrap penguins in Antarctica has fallen sharply - scientists

  Number of chinstrap penguins in Antarctica has fallen sharply - scientists Number of chinstrap penguins in Antarctica has fallen sharply - scientistsOFF ANVERS ISLAND, Antarctica (Reuters) - The number of chinstrap penguins in some colonies in Western Antarctica has fallen by as much as 77% since they were last surveyed in the 1970s, say scientists studying the impact of climate change on the remote region.

Chinstrap Penguins breed on Antarctica . The Chinstrap Penguin is easily identified by the ‘ strap ’ of black under its bill. Although they don’t breed on Antarctica , the King Penguin and Rockhopper penguin are found in the Antarctic region within the Antarctic Convergence.

Chinstrap penguins – named for the narrow black band under their heads – weigh 3.5–5.5 kilograms. They are distinguished by the narrow band of black feathers which extends from ear to ear, just below the chin Initially shifts last 5–10 days but as the hatching date comes closer the shifts get shorter.

Feb. 6 might have been the hottest day on record in Antarctica.

a flock of seagulls standing on a rock: Chinstrap penguins on Elephant Island. Chinstrap penguins on Elephant Island.

Elephant Island is dry and frigid, researchers reported. Other than a special species of grass, nothing grows there. The terrain is frozen, steep and mountainous, researchers reported back.

On February 6, a weather research station on Seymour Island in the Antarctic Peninsula registered at nearly 70 degrees, The Washington Post reported.

The World Meteorological Organisation is reviewing that reading to see whether it qualifies as the continent's hottest temperature on record.

Little penguins get nesting boxes made by Albany Men's Shed in study first .
An island off WA's south coast may be a panacea for the state's dwindling little penguin population, with a little help from their friends.Timber nesting boxes have been installed on Breaksea Island, about 12 kilometres off Albany by University of WA researchers as part of a first-of-its-kind study into the population.

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