The health of the Earth has been a pressing concern for environmental scientists since the global temperatures have been increasing. One of the most impacting is the events in North and South Poles, where ice caps and glaciers are melting rapidly. The melting caps cause serious problems in the ecosystems and across the world.
To track some of the changes in the marine ecosystems, scientists tag penguins to monitor their habits. In this particular article, the evaluation was done on king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus). It is suggested that the interpreted data based on the effects of climate change is not accurate because of the tagging. The results of the ten year study show that banding can impair reproduction because 39% of banded penguins produce fewer chicks and have a lower overall survival rate by 16%.
It is believed that penguins will not be able to adapt to banding and this method of collecting data should be stopped. The reliability of the data collected for the climate change evaluation is not high enough to support any actual effects on the ecosystems.
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