May 17, 2017 - Energy & Environment

New Zealand penguin on track for extinction

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New Zealand's yellow-eyed penguin is on track for extinction by 2043 — and it's likely to be our fault, per Popular Science.

The causes: Climate change is a big problem. But increased human activity, particularly surrounding fisheries and their nets, which inadvertently entangle penguins and also reduce biodiversity amongst their habitats, is also playing a big role in speeding up their decline.

It's not just New Zealand: Contrary to popular belief, most penguins aren't Antarctic — just 4 of 18 species. That means that most penguins around the world live in close proximity to humans, and they're staring down the same problems as the yellow-eyed penguins.

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