Emperor Penguin Proposed for U.S. Endangered Species Protection

WASHINGTON— Following a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed the emperor penguin for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The species is gravely threatened by sea-ice loss driven by the climate emergency.

“These penguins are hard hit by the climate crisis, and the U.S. government is finally recognizing that threat,” said Sarah Uhlemann, international program director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Penguin scientists have recommended protections for years, and we must act now before climate change wipes out these amazing, iconic birds.”

A 2021 study by leading emperor penguin scientists, climate scientists and policy experts concluded that the emperor penguin should be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act because of threats from sea-ice loss.

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