Experts Say That Melting Antarctic Sea Ice Threatens Penguins

Antarctic sea ice area is increasing and at an all-time record high this year, which has prompted climate experts to warn that melting Antarctic sea ice threatens penguins.

screenhunter_183-apr-13-18-52 Global Warming Threatens Penguins – Photo Essays – TIME

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17 Responses to Experts Say That Melting Antarctic Sea Ice Threatens Penguins

  1. emsnews says:

    The tsunami of misinformation is drowning the penguins who have to march far further this summer (tis summer in Antarctica!) to reach the sea so they can eat.

    Thus, they are much weaker thanks to the much longer march.

    All over the US media are these utterly fake ‘we are roasting to death!’ stories. And here I am freezing my @ss off in upstate NY.

    • Smokey says:

      Very true. Also true: all the wild-eyed alarmist arm-waving is over a minuscule temperature fluctuation of only about 0.8ºC — over a century and a half!

      If that wipes out the penguin population, they are such delicate snowflakes that they deserve to die out. But they won’t; they will thrive just like the Polar bears.

    • nielszoo says:

      I hear you. I’m in Central Florida and it was 38°F (3°C) this morning when I took the dogs out and fed my horse and mule. That’s 15°F colder than normal. The “official” temp for my rural town is from Titusville’s airport 22 miles from here (heat island?) and they had 43°F for the low today… WTF since it’s almost at the 42°F they had in Orlando about the same distance from us to the West. I think someone’s adjusting in real time or they’ve got a really poorly sited station since the airport is kind of out in the boonies. My electronic thermometer is on my back deck (which is within a degree of my lab grade Fluke probes and my reference mercury thermometer) and it was typically 3-4°F warmer than the one on the back pasture fence ~150′ away. (It died a while back.) That means the “official” cold temp here is probably a solid 7-9°F warmer than it was in the thousands of square miles of Florida scrub, cattle pastures and the few remaining citrus groves that make up this area. CAGW, if you can’t measure or prove it just adjust until you get what you need.

      • emsnews says:

        My home is on an iceberg this year! Since mid-November, there has been snow or ice on the ground and in the last week, tons of ice, the trees are coated with it and bending lower and lower and branches are breaking off, today was supposed to be 40 degrees F and partly sunny and we didn’t have one minute of sunshine, it was freezing all day and we didn’t even see a tiny piece of blue sky anywhere!

        It is COLD. Miserably cold and very cloudy and I built my passive solar heat house to exploit sun in winter and we have had precious little sun this late Fall. It isn’t even winter !

  2. rah says:

    Penguins, unlike Polar bears, were around long before the last ice age began. In fact they have been around long enough to have survived periods of warming on a scale and duration no humans ever experienced. Thus such claims are pure bull shine.

  3. Jimbo says:

    The funny thing with the Time page is that it looks like it was published during COP15 in 2009. Here is what happed a couple of years later. A paper was published on penguin numbers and reported by the media, including the BBC, showing that a satellite estimate had now DOUBLED the number of Emperor penguins! The real threat to the penguins would be increasing sea ice as they would have much longer to walk.

    Live Science – 13 April 2012
    Emperor Penguin Numbers Double Previous Estimates, Satellites Show
    …. Emperor penguins in Antarctica are far more plentiful than previously thought, a study that used extremely high-resolution imagery snapped by satellites has revealed.

    “It surprised us that we approximately doubled the population estimate,” said Peter Fretwell, a scientist with the British Antarctic Survey and lead author of a paper published today in the journal PLoS One…..
    Abstract – April 13, 2012
    …..We estimated the breeding population of emperor penguins at each colony during 2009 and provide a population estimate of ~238,000 breeding pairs (compared with the last previously published count of 135,000–175,000 pairs). Based on published values of the relationship between breeders and non-breeders, this translates to a total population of ~595,000 adult birds……
    An Emperor Penguin Population Estimate: The First Global, Synoptic Survey of a Species from Space

    BBC – 13 April 2012
    Emperor penguins counted from space

    • Jimbo says:

      Bearing in mind the doubling of the estimate for Emperor penguins in 2012 Wiki says:

      In 2012 the emperor penguin was uplisted from a species of least concern to near threatened by the IUCN…..

      They say timing is everything

    • nielszoo says:

      Let me guess. They used a newly discovered way to use the GRACE satellite data allowing them to separate the mass of the Emperor penguin population from the mass of Antarctic ice and the mass of the ocean and the mass of the AGW sea level rise and the mass of the planet… and then divided the answer by 33kg (+/- 1 King penguin or 16kg) to get the number of Emperor penguins. The code that separates the Emperor penguins from the other 6 species of Antarctic penguins is just as sophisticated as the code that GRACE uses to miss entire mountain ranges on the rest of the planet.

  4. Jimbo says:

    The New Scientist laid in recently to spread more alarm. But if you go near the bottom of the page you’ll see this.

    11 December 2014
    Warming won’t give emperor penguins happy feet
    In fact, his research hints that they may be more adaptable than previously thought. For instance, earlier this year he used satellite observations to show that some emperors nest on ice shelves rather than sea ice, a behaviour that had not been observed before.

    Gemma Clucas, who studies penguin populations at the University of Southampton, UK, agrees. The consistent emperor’s populations depicted in Lambert’s results could be “evidence that emperors are much more flexible than we’ve given them credit for,” she says. Although she agrees there may be a threshold of warming beyond which they might not be able to adapt.

  5. This is true, because penguins have never survived ice ages and interglacials before.

  6. nielszoo says:

    They do seem to have forgotten that 13 of the 20 penguin species live in far warmer climes… up to and including temperate areas. (But I bet they got global warming catastrophe funding for the research.)

  7. Climatism says:

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    Hot = Cold, Record Ice = Record Warming.

    Shameless, science-free climate change activist propaganda.

  8. Centinel2012 says:

    Reblogged this on Centinel2012 and commented:
    So we have the Polar Bears drowning in the north and the Penguins drowning in the south! This is all done to brain wash the kids so there are receptive to the reduced standard of living the progressives will be forcing on them!

    • Gail Combs says:

      “…This is all done to brain wash the kids so there are receptive to the reduced standard of living the progressives will be forcing on them!….”

      The KGB gave us the message the Progressives are trying to force on American children.

      Covert Influence Payload
      Babette Gross, wife of KGB agent Willi Muenzenberg, explained the content of the Soviet payload to Stephen Koch:
      * You claim to be an independent-minded idealist.
      * You don’t really understand politics, but you think the little guy is getting a lousy break.
      * You believe in open-mindedness.
      * You are shocked, frightened by what is going on right here in our own country.
      * You’re frightened by the racism, by the oppression of the workingman.
      * You think the Russians are trying a great human experiment, and you hope it works.
      * You believe in peace.
      * You yearn for international understanding.
      * You hate fascism.
      * You think the capitalist system is corrupt.

      This payload exactly matches today’s PC-Progressive message. The message that Soviet covert operators propagated through American Willing Accomplices…

      From the book Willing Accomplices: How KGB Covert Influence Agents Created Political Correctness and Destroyed America by Kent Clizbe

      Unfortunately one of the pillars of socialism in the 20th century was Christianity but the message of Christianity was twisted by the Progressives.

      The basic principle of altruism is that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that service to others is the only justification of his existence, and that self-sacrifice is his highest moral duty, virtue and value.

      Do not confuse altruism with kindness, good will or respect for the rights of others. These are not primaries, but consequences, which, in fact, altruism makes impossible. The irreducible primary of altruism, the basic absolute, is self-sacrifice—which means; self-immolation, self-abnegation, self-denial, self-destruction—which means: the self as a standard of evil, the selfless as a standard of the good. [The basic ‘Humans are EVIL’ crap we keep getting]

      Do not hide behind such superficialities as whether you should or should not give a dime to a beggar. That is not the issue. The issue is whether you do or do not have the right to exist without giving him that dime. The issue is whether you must keep buying your life, dime by dime, from any beggar who might choose to approach you. The issue is whether the need of others is the first mortgage on your life and the moral purpose of your existence. The issue is whether man is to be regarded as a sacrificial animal. Any man of self-esteem will answer: “No.” Altruism says: “Yes.”

      A proverb often attributed to the Bible is: “Give a man fish and you’ll feed him for a day. But teach him how to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime.” It is actually a Chinese proverb but the Bible also acknowledges the power of wisdom and knowledge.

      II Chronicles
      1:9 “Now, O LORD God, Your promise to my father David has become fulfilled, for You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth.

      1:10 “Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this great people of Yours?”

      1:11 God said to Solomon, “Because you had this in mind, and did not ask for riches, wealth or honor, or the life of those who hate you, nor have you even asked for long life, but you have asked for yourself wisdom and knowledge that you may rule My people over whom I have made you king,

      1:12 wisdom and knowledge I have granted to you…..

      What is twisted is this:

      Ephesians 4:28
      Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

      My interpretation is wisdom, knowledge and honest work comes first, charity is for ” anyone in need’ and NOT anyone too lazy to get off his rump and provide for himself. Charity is not for someone who thinks others OWE him because of something done to his great…grand parents.

      The Progressives view is far far different. Those with wisdom, knowledge and an honest work ethic have STOLEN their prosperity from the lazy and therefore OWE the lazy the wealth they have. (Remember Obama’s infamous statement? If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”) That is the ‘why’ behind the newest P.C. slogan ‘Social Justice’

      Eric Raymond summarized it this way:

      Gramscian damage

      * The prosperity of the West is built on ruthless exploitation of the Third World; therefore Westerners actually deserve to be impoverished and miserable.

      * Crime is the fault of society, not the individual criminal. Poor criminals are entitled to what they take. Submitting to criminal predation is more virtuous than resisting it.

      * The poor are victims. Criminals are victims. And only victims are virtuous. Therefore only the poor and criminals are virtuous. (Rich people can borrow some virtue by identifying with poor people and criminals.)

      * For a virtuous person, violence and war are never justified. It is always better to be a victim than to fight, or even to defend oneself. But ‘oppressed’ people are allowed to use violence anyway; they are merely reflecting the evil of their oppressors.

      * When confronted with terror, the only moral course for a Westerner is to apologize for past sins, understand the terrorist’s point of view, and make concessions.

      Being a doormat is not the same as being Christian. I wish more people would figure that out.

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