Climate Change Could Devastate Emperor Penguins, U.S. Officials Warn

Federal wildlife officials announced Tuesday that climate change is threatening emperor penguins in large parts of their range. They also proposed a plan to protect them under The Endangered Species Act.Antarctic sea ice is the main food source for penguins. The ice is essential for penguins to survive, breed, and raise their young.Martha Williams, principal deputy director at the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, stated that the fate of the emperor penguin will be determined by the decisions made today and over the next few decades.The birds could be listed as endangered if they are added to the list of species the federal government considers at risk from climate change. This includes polar bears, seals, and 20 varieties of coral.