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At nearly four feet tall, the Emperor penguin is Antarctica's largest sea birdand thanks to films like "March of the Penguins" and "Happy Feet," it's also one of the continent's most iconic. If global temperatures continue to rise, however, the Emperor penguins in Terre Adélie, in East Antarctica may eventually disappear, according to a new study by led by researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The study was published in the June 20th edition of the journal Global Change Biology.

 

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Unhappy feet: Global warming and melting sea ice risk wiping out the Antarctic's Emperor penguins, scientists warn

 

The Emperor penguin's future is looking bleak if global temperatures continue to rise and melt sea ice, scientists have warned.

At nearly four feet tall, Antarctica's largest sea bird became a global icon thanks to films like March of the Penguins and Happy Feet, but if temperatures continue to rise, it faces extinction.

 

Read more from the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2162074/Global-warming-melting-sea-ice-risk-wiping-Antarctics-Emperor-penguins.html#ixzz1yYDpPx00

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