Republicans in the House and Senate have long been resistant to the evidence and science behind climate change. The president, himself, has said, “Well, I think the climate change is just a very, very expensive form of tax. A lot of people are making a lot of money.”
The evidence of global warming, however, is continuing to become harder to ignore. An Antarctic shelf, which previously served as a home for thousands of emperor penguins, has “disappeared overnight.”
According to The Independent, “15,000 to 24,000 breeding pairs of emperor penguins flock each year to the breeding site – around 5-9 per cent of the entire global emperor penguin population.”
Scientists track the movements of the emperor penguins through aerial imagery. After an ice sheet collapse in 2016, there has been no evidence of breeding. The site, which has provided refuge for these penguins for 60 years, now stands veritably empty.
Dr.Peter Fretwell explains, “These images have clearly shown the catastrophic breeding failure at this site over the last three years. Our specialized satellite image analysis can detect individuals and penguin huddles, so we can estimate the population based on the known density of the groups to give reliable estimate of colony size.”
Dr. Phil Trathan, who also studies the site for the British Antarctic Society, is left looking for answers. The doctor says, “It is impossible to say whether the changes in sea-ice conditions at Halley Bay are specifically related to climate change, but such a complete failure to breed successfully is unprecedented at this site.”