Emperor penguins

Lawsuit Launched Over Trump's Failure to Protect Emperor Penguins

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to act on a petition to grant the emperor penguin Endangered Species Act protection. The notice follows news that the world’s second-largest emperor penguin colony has nearly vanished because of sea-ice loss.

“Emperor penguins have needed protection for a long time, but Trump’s fossil-fuel-first agenda has dialed up the urgency,” said Shaye Wolf, the Center’s climate science director. “Chicks are drowning as climate change melts their habitat. Further delay in slashing carbon pollution could wipe out one of our planet’s most amazing birds.”

Emperor penguins need reliable sea ice for breeding and raising their chicks. In parts of Antarctica where sea ice is disappearing, emperor penguin populations are declining or have been lost entirely. Read more.

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Banner photo Center for Biological Diversity; photo of emperor penguins by Michael VanWoert/NOAA