A UNCW professor was featured recently in a national science magazine for his work with global warming and the affect it's having on some penguin species. Professor Steven Emslie has been traveling to Antarctica for decades to study the behavior of Adelie penguins. "I've been there from six weeks as the shortest to almost five months at one time." Emslie says recently, he has noticed a correlation between global warming and the food supply for the birds and other animals. "That food is declining, especially in one part in Antarctica where global warming has been intense." Emslie says the penguins main food supply, krill, is diminishing because warm temperatures mean less ice shells are forming in the winter creating less algae for the krill to eat. Emslie says while the temperature is only up by four or five degrees, it still has a huge impact. Emslie said, "It shows that global warming has brought an impact everywhere. If it can impact a species like the Adelie penguins, which is abundant and in the millions then just think what it is doing to species that is less abundant." Even though Emslie's research looks only at global warming's effect on Adelie penguins, Emslie's says his study should cause concern for everyone. "Why should we care about anything in the wild? It' part of our natural history, part of what we love to see and do in nature and it also shows what might happen to us," Emslie said.
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