Climate Change Impacting Krill, Wildlife in Antarctica

Emperor Penguins” by Christopher Michel licensed under CC BY 2.0

Source: The Guardian

Environmentalists in the Antarctic have found the krill population is decreasing, placing the futures of many species at risk.

In recent years, both climate change and large scale fishing practices have significantly reduced the prevalence of krill, which is a main food source for many predators in the area.

Additionally, researchers found that changes in the Antarctic climate have reduced the size of krill by nearly 40 percent.

“You could potentially have some significant decline in the number of predators–particularly for penguins– caused by climate change,” said scientist George Watters.

The depletion of krill could also increase rates of carbon dioxide, causing temperatures in Antarctica to continue to increase.

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