Scientists are seeking increased environmental protections after an entire breeding season of Adelie penguin chicks was wiped out in a key colony in east Antarctica.
Only two chicks survived the massive die-off among the thousands born to 18,000 pairs of breeding adults, researchers reported. Scientists believe most of the dead chicks starved as frequently absent parents were forced to travel farther in search of food due to the effects of climate change.
International officials began meeting Monday in Australia to consider a marine sanctuary in the area to help avoid another disaster.
Scientists have characterized the die-off on Terre Adelie as a “catastrophic breeding failure.”
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