“While natural climate cycles dictate we should be moving into a period of global cooling, temperatures are rising. The past three decades have been the warmest in recorded history.
The polar regions are heating up more quickly than the rest of the globe. During the second half of the twentieth century, the Antarctic Peninsula and West Antarctica warmed more than two times faster than the global average.
…As the Earth’s climate becomes warmer and more extreme, animals are forced to adapt to rapidly changing conditions. Across the globe, many hundreds of species are predicted to become extinct within the next 20 years.
Antarctic species are particularly vulnerable to a warming climate. Their highly specialized adaptations, which allow them to survive and thrive in the polar environment, make them less resilient as the ocean warms and ice melts. With their habitats and food sources under threat, they are in urgent need of protection…”
~Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition
Find out more here: Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition’s web site.