Melting Antarctic ice is killing emperor penguin chicks

Scientists have recorded an ‘unprecedented breeding failure’ in an Antarctic region called the Bellingshausen Sea, where there was a total loss of sea ice in 2022. At 5 known sites for breeding, not a single emperor penguin chick survived. Rapid break-up of sea ice plunged the chicks into the water where they drowned or froze to death. The researchers say they’ve never seen anything like it in a single season.