Climate change may shrink Adélie penguin range by end of century
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Climate has influenced the distribution patterns of Adélie penguins across Antarctica for millions of years. As glaciers expanded and covered breeding habitats with ice, penguins in the region abandoned their colonies. When glaciers melted during warming periods, the Adélie penguins were able to return to their rocky breeding grounds. Now, a NASA-funded study by University of Delaware scientists and colleagues elsewhere reports that this warming may no longer be beneficial for Adélie penguins.