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Penguins Marching Towards Extinction: Protection Urged

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"Right now penguins are marching towards extinction due to the impacts of global warming," Shaye Wolf, a seabird biologist, said in a press release. "Protecting penguins under the Endangered Species Act is an essential step toward saving them."


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Kathy W (299)
Tuesday September 9, 2008, 4:25 pm
If they are even considering putting them on 'endangered species' list, then I'd say there is a problem, so just DO IT already! Let's save them now before it's too late! Thanks Tom.

Joycey B (750)
Tuesday September 9, 2008, 6:50 pm
There should be nothing to think about. They need to do something before it's too late. Noted with thanks Tom.

ROBIN M (312)
Wednesday September 10, 2008, 5:18 am
I believe all animals should be on the endangered list none should be hunted they all have the right to life just as we do and we do not have the right to take that away from them.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 10, 2008, 8:34 am

The human population is expanding at such a rapid pace eventually there will be very little room for any wild species.

With 6.3 billion humans scattered all over this planet & many think there's tons of room for all plus animals......Take a look at Carl Sagan's BLUE DOT(Google search) and you will think very differently afterwards.......


Lori M (14)
Wednesday September 10, 2008, 9:05 am
Ditto Robin and Kathy!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 10, 2008, 10:55 am
Save the Penguin's now before it is to late to do so. Noted.

Bronwyn H (228)
Wednesday September 10, 2008, 1:43 pm
Noted and thanks Tom.

Eva Ries (237)
Wednesday September 10, 2008, 5:29 pm
" believe all animals should be on the endangered list none should be hunted they all have the right to life just as we do and we do not have the right to take that away from them."


Exactly. Can I add that humans should not be permitted to keep over-reproducing as they are? That would help, too!

Deborah N (37)
Wednesday September 10, 2008, 8:30 pm
Endangered a GREAT word.. BUT less they do it & the President don't stop it like he stops everything else less it helps him they will become EXTINCT.. oh & didn't you know that the White House doesn't think that the Global Warming is that much a danger YET!! as always they will wait till the last possible moment when the numbers have decrease so badly theres no hope.. OH I forgot .. they can CLONE guess then theres no worry ah ??? this is sick really.. I love Penguins.. its up to us humans to save what needs saving.. who esle will care ?? but US .. SEE told you its a wait & see.. by December there might be none left to protect.. what a foolish government we have.. so worthless..

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Hans L (958)
Friday September 12, 2008, 1:17 am
We should protect all endangered species!
Protection for all endangered species!!!!

Abnormally warm ocean temperatures and diminished sea ice have wreaked havoc on the penguins’ foods supply. Less food has led to population declines in penguin species ranging from the southern rockhopper and Humboldt penguins of the islands off South America, and the African penguin in southern Africa, to the emperor penguin in Antarctica. The ocean conditions causing these declines have been linked by scientists to global warming and are projected to intensify in the coming decades.

Krill, an essential food source not just for penguins but also for whales and seals, has declined by as much as 80 percent since the 1970s over large areas of the Southern Ocean. Scientists have linked the ocean conditions causing these declines to global warming and loss of sea ice. The emperor penguin colony at Pointe Geologie, featured in the film “ March of the Penguins,” has declined by more than 50 percent due to global warming.

Many penguin species also are harmed by industrial fisheries, either directly, such as when individual penguins are caught and killed in trawls, nets and longlines; or indirectly through the depletion of essential prey species such as anchovy and krill. Overfishing by industrial fishing fleets plays a prominent role in the hit movie “Happy Feet,” which features two of the petitioned species, the emperor and rockhopper penguins.

Listing under the Endangered Species Act will provide broad protection to these penguins, including a requirement that federal agencies ensure that any action carried out, authorized, or funded by the U.S. government will not “jeopardize the continued existence” of the penguin species. For example, if penguins are listed, future approval of fishing permits for U.S.-flagged vessels operating on the high seas would require analysis and minimization of impacts on the listed penguins. The Act also has an important role to play in reducing greenhouse gas pollution by compelling federal agencies to look at the impact of the emissions generated by their activities on listed species and to adopt solutions to reduce them.

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition in November 2006 to list 12 penguin species as threatened or endangered. The filing of the listing petition triggered a three-stage process for the Fish and Wildlife Service, with a strict timeline for each step. The agency is required to first decide within three months whether to conduct a status review of the penguins based on the concerns raised in the petition. The Service initiated status reviews of 10 of 12 penguin species, but it did not do so until July 2007, taking more than twice the time allowed under the law.

In the second stage of the listing process, the Service must decide whether the species should be listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. This decision is required within 12 months of receiving the petition. In response to ongoing delays by the Service, the Center filed a lawsuit in February to set a court-ordered timeline for the listing decisions. Today’s court settlement ensures that the Service must make the listing determination by December 19th. A positive decision will then trigger the third stage, during which the agency has another 12 months to finalize the listing of the penguins. Until this process is completed, the penguins do not receive any protection under the Endangered Species Act.

“Penguin populations are in jeopardy and we can’t afford to delay protections,” Wolf said. “It is not too late to save them, but they need the lifeline provided by the Endangered Species Act and immediate reductions in greenhouse gas pollution.”

Hans L (958)
Friday September 12, 2008, 1:20 am
Did the polar bears eat the arctic pinguins?

Hans L (958)
Friday September 12, 2008, 2:59 am this is the link to the press article
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