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Penguins Disappearing From Southern Hemisphere

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the space-penguins-gotta-be dept.

Science 218

The Scotsman is running a piece looking at the mysterious disappearance of penguins from all around the world. A biologist who studies the rockhopper penguin characterizes the population crash as 'sinister', as scientists are still baffled as to why almost 30% of the birds have vanished. From the article: "Grant Munro, the director of Falklands Conservation, said there were fears that rockhoppers might become extinct. 'If the present situation were to carry on then it's not a particularly great forecast. It doesn't look like they are suddenly going to start increasing in numbers ... In the Falklands, they are part of everyday life. If you head down to the beach you are going to see penguins.'"

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218 comments

Microsoft is behind of this (4, Funny)

dvice_null (981029) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352412)

> Penguins Disappearing From Southern Hemisphere

Microsoft must be behind of all of this. Who else would like to see cute little penguins to disappear from the world.

Re:Microsoft is behind of this (0)

thona (556334) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352426)

It is Linus. See, the Penguin is the Linux symbol :-)

http://www.linux-onlineshop.de/product_info.php/in fo/p1122_Linux-Pluesch-Tux---30cm.html/XTCsid/6b24 34d41932e580aed106d3b38aa867 [linux-onlineshop.de]

Ever thought how they are made? :-) I bet one penguin dies for any of those.

I mean, you Linux guys already made sure there are no penguin sides on the nothern hemisphere for a long time. So, now you want to rid the world totally of penguins?

Compare that to Microsoft. Microsoft invented Windows! Instead of robbing the world, they ave us something. WIndows habe been tremendous scuccessfully. Every house has multiple of them :-)

(and andone taking this post serious has mental problems- that all was meant as a joke)

Re:Microsoft is behind of this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17352466)

> Microsoft invented Windows!

No, no: that euphemism is all wrong. I think you meant: Microsoft excreted Windows.

Re:Microsoft is behind of this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17352584)

No doubt Balmer has been at it again with his +5 Chairs of Doooom.

Re:Microsoft is behind of this (1)

someone1234 (830754) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352904)

Yeah, and i thought Linux is strong in Brasil.

Re:Microsoft is behind of this (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353196)

manbearpig!!!!

There's no doubt (0, Troll)

The Anarchist Avenge (1004563) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352422)

This is obviously a malicious virus propagated by Microsoft to destroy the Linux community!

Right (0, Flamebait)

Somatic (888514) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352550)

Cause this whole global warming thing is a farce. The penguins, well, they just want to get in on the new housing market.

The people who, along with the oil companies, pretend global warming isn't happening, deserve worse than losing office. They deserve some seriously sinister shit, at this point.

They deserve badness. Personally, and in their homes. They deserve badness. While their children watch, in the middle of the night, these people deserve the equivalent of what they do to everyone else. They deserve the worst. The most abominible thing you can think of is too good for these things. They aren't people, they're animals.

The worst thing you can do to them is too good for them.

It's time to find their names and addresses. It's time to find them in the middle of the night, and make it happen so fast the police don't even have a chance to get there in time. We can do it. We can end them.

It's just like writing a program. We find them, we execute, and the program is gone from memory, just like that.

Re:Right (1)

prencher (971087) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352586)

Uhm... what?

Re:Right (0, Flamebait)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352622)

Bad side of the bed or panties in a bunch?

Re:Right (1)

shenanigans (742403) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352650)

Since some high-ups currently in office would be on that list, you should be a bit careful with the public death threats there, buddy.

Creepy... (1)

msimm (580077) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352668)

Whats the saying? Evil begets evil? We have systems that would be much better used, or repaired, that could probably accomplish more with less. Say a more transparent legal system or accounability (and legal prosecution) for legislators, politicians and people of public office.

But then you'd run into the same problems you'd have with the people tending the animals. People are selfish, egotistical, ignorant, idealistic and single-minded. We are unaware of our own motives as we search for place, meaning and identity. We create confusion, divisiveness and we seek out comfort and distraction.

We are imperfect and yet so easily tempted to ignore this and brand the world with our own limited point of view.

We are coddled, comfortable creatures easily mistaking anger for conviction.

Re:Right (0, Offtopic)

tsa (15680) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352836)

WHY is this insightful?

Re:Right (1)

MollyB (162595) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352884)

Good question! Not usually prone to conspiracy theories, but the GP might have multiple accounts, or confederates, with mod points. It is not the typical "insightful" comment, for sure! Oh, well...

Re:Right (2, Insightful)

rvw (755107) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352844)

They aren't people, they're animals.

The animals aren't the problem here, the people are. So let's just call them "people", not "animals".

Re:Right (1)

madcow_bg (969477) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353110)

Exactly!
When an animal shits, it always covers the shit with dirt. Not like the people that throw garbage on the ground and expect it to disappear!
So, actually those people are worse than animals.

Re:Right (1)

x2A (858210) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353246)

"When an animal shits, it always covers the shit with dirt"

Always?

Re:Right (1)

SQL Error (16383) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352886)

If you actually did that, instead of just ranting about it on a web forum, you would be found criminally insane.

Re:There's no doubt (1)

anzev (894391) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352770)

Obviously the true reason behind it is that the penguins are binary only, with no source avaiable and are being banned one by one by Martin Bligh Greg Kroah-Hartman! Note: http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS3501846795.html [linuxdevices.com]

I think they could be heard saying... (3, Funny)

MrPerfekt (414248) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352428)

So long... and thanks for all the fish!

Just to get us started (3, Funny)

swatward (956094) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352434)

I felt a great disturbance in the [NOUN] , as if [AMOUNT] of [NOUN]'s suddenly [VERB] out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

Re:Just to get us started (Offtopic) (1, Offtopic)

Xyrus (755017) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353118)

"I felt a great disturbance in the [NOUN] , as if [AMOUNT] of [NOUN]'s suddenly [VERB] out in terror and were suddenly silenced."

I felt a great disturbance in the Constitution , as if all of the founding father's suddenly screamed out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

Offtopic. So what. So is most of Slashdot. ;)

~X~

Re:Just to get us started (0, Flamebait)

x2A (858210) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353266)

Hmm.

I felt a great disturbance in the earthquake, as if half of a nun suddenly put out in terror and was suddenly silenced.

So long and thanks for all the fish! (0, Redundant)

Grakun (706100) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352438)

Maybe they all just flew to another planet, because someone's about to demolish this one. All because nobody bothered to pay attention to intergalactic politics.

And Tango Makes Three (4, Funny)

cfeedback (467360) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352440)

Obviously too many penguins have been reading this [wikipedia.org] book...

This is only news because they're cute. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17352444)

If Penguins were featherless, covered in oozing mucous, constantly moaned in pain and had soulless empty sockets where their eyes should be we wouldn't care if they disappeared from the earth or not.

Re:This is only news because they're cute. (4, Funny)

eric.t.f.bat (102290) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352464)

Yeah - cos then they'd be the Microsoft mascot instead.

BULLSHIT! (2, Funny)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352494)

Penguins are not just cute. They're delicious too.

LK

Re:BULLSHIT! (2, Interesting)

bmo (77928) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352608)

"Penguins are not just cute. They're delicious too."

It was at this time that Dr. Cook assumed moral command of the BELGICA. De Gerlache and Amundsen were busy with the details of preparing the ship to break free of the ice while Cook realized that the mood of the shipmates would become his responsibility. Cook knew the men needed sunlight and fresh meat. De Gerlache had already tasted penguin and seal meat and declared them both to be inedible. As for penguin meat, Dr. Cook said "If it's possible to imagine a piece of beef, odiferous cod fish and a canvas-backed duck roasted together in a pot, with blood and cod-liver oil for sauce, the illustration would be complete". In order to convince the crew it was necessary for medicinal purposes, de Gerlache unwillingly agreed to "ignore the taste; swallow it down as a duty".


http://www.south-pole.com/p0000083.htm [south-pole.com]

--
BMO

Re:BULLSHIT! (1)

flyneye (84093) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353210)

Just because his name was cook,didn't mean he had culinary talent.
Some meats require special preparation,like mountain oyster or tongue.
Even duck or goose require one to know a bit of something more about cooking than throw it in to roast.

Re:BULLSHIT! (2, Funny)

x2A (858210) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353292)

"Just because his name was cook,didn't mean he had culinary talent"

No, it's because his name was Dr Cook, duh. You don't become a Dr without cooking a penguin or two ya know.

Re:This is only news because they're cute. (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352684)

you mean like them [wikipedia.org] ?

Re:This is only news because they're cute. (1)

Farmer Tim (530755) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352750)

Thanks for spoiling the word "naked" for me.

Re:This is only news because they're cute. (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353020)

That is one ugly sucker. Eww! Of course this species deserves to die, lol...

Re:This is only news because they're cute. (5, Insightful)

venicebeach (702856) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352748)

If Penguins were featherless, covered in oozing mucous, constantly moaned in pain and had soulless empty sockets where their eyes should be we wouldn't care if they disappeared from the earth or not.
Thus the selective advantage of "cuteness". It the same mechanism used by our young to ensure we want to take care of them.

Inconvenient Truth of the March of the Penguins (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17352446)

Watch the combined "inconvenient Truth of the March of the Penguins" one more time to see why.

So long (2, Funny)

lemnik (835774) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352448)

This would make more sense if it were dolphins!

IT'S HARMAGEDDON SOON! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17352452)

Baby it's harmageddon time soon! Why did we have to crash this planet? Look at what you have done now!

Thank God! (1)

The Anarchist Avenge (1004563) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352458)

Soon there will be no more Prinnys left!

Re:Thank God! (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352488)

Crap, what am I supposed to use as fireworks then?

Re:Thank God! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17352732)

Even if their number temporarily drops, be sure they'll soon be replaced by more and more new prinnies... and these will be there for a *looooong* time...

Penguins disappear from Southern Hemisphere ... (2, Funny)

ErixTr (601648) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352460)

and they will appear on the desktops all over the world!

Sorry, but this is going to make me rich. (4, Funny)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352486)

My new company KFP is going to put KFC out of business. I was just hoping that no one would notice the population drop until I was ready to go international.

Fuck a chicken wing, penguin wings is the future.

LK

Re:Sorry, but this is going to make me rich. (1)

eebra82 (907996) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352778)

"Fuck a chicken wing, penguin wings is the future."

I'm about to open up business with KFK. Kentucky Fried Kiwibirds. The wings on those are great, right? That's what my research shows.

Re:Sorry, but this is going to make me rich. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17352984)

What the fuck are kiwibirds?

do you mean kiwis?

I don't believe that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17352514)

... until Netcraft confirms it.

KFP (-1, Redundant)

locokamil (850008) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352518)

One word: Kentucky Fried Penguin.

Okay, so it was three. But it's still funny. Laugh, dammit!

Actually... (-1, Flamebait)

Travoltus (110240) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352624)

There's a neo conservative saying that goes:
"If you want to save a species, put it on the menu".

Yes, they're really that dumb...

Penguins only come from the Southern Hemisphere (3, Informative)

stevo3232 (794498) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352526)

From wikipedia: "Penguins (order Sphenisciformes, family Spheniscidae) are an order of aquatic, flightless birds living exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere."

Re:Penguins only come from the Southern Hemisphere (1)

rucs_hack (784150) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352706)

Isn't there a colony of penguins in the northern hemisphere somewhere along the west coast of the america's?

Re:Penguins only come from the Southern Hemisphere (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17353244)

They are in the Galapagos Islands. Most don't go farther than 20 miles or so north of the equator. So wikipedia is wrong.

The real reason.... (5, Funny)

GoulDuck (626950) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352540)

Just like the T-Rex, the reason they disappear is because they can't break their fall. No arms, no way to save them self. Well, the T-Rex had arms, but they where to short to do any difference.

Re:The real reason.... (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352664)

I doubt penguins actually suffer that many falling injuries. They're smaller than humans and their blubber would help cushion the fall.

Re:The real reason.... (1)

Conanymous Award (597667) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352790)

"Score 2: Interesting"??? Some mods obviously have trouble to distinguish "Interesting" from "Funny".

And yeah, penguins possibly can't disappear from anywhere else than the Southern Hemisphere, because they don't live anywhere else. Except in a some desktop 'boxen'. They are too lively to be put into laptops.

Lets not jump to conclusions (1)

dasunt (249686) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352552)

Scientists may be baffled by the decline in penguin population, but (judging by the story tag) slashdotters seem to be assuming that it is global warming.

Re:Lets not jump to conclusions (1)

LordVader717 (888547) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352636)

RTFA: It is thought that global warming may be behind its decline, as warmer seas are less productive and the penguins may not be able to find enough food to eat, but researchers admit they have not yet established the reasons.

Penguins are not going extinct (2, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352980)

They are just going into hiding. They have a secret lair under the ice where they will wait out global warming, patiently sharpening their tools, for they know that when the icecaps melt and humanity is thrown into chaos, that's when their day will come.

And I, for one, will welcome our Eudyptulan overlords!

Re:Lets not jump to conclusions (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353010)

but (judging by the story tag) slashdotters seem to be assuming that it is global warming.

      Judging by the story tag, slashdotters are also blaming Microsoft. What's your point?

Re:Lets not jump to conclusions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17353170)

Assumong? we damn well know it is, never mind the facts.

Re:Lets not jump to conclusions (1)

flyneye (84093) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353226)

Even if it is global warming,the Earth has warmed and cooled many times,species adapt or die.It's called natural selection.Penguins have made it this far,we're not going to run out anytime soon.We're just building stronger penguins here in the Falklands,let the Scots talk.Just because they ate all theirs in some wretched haggis-like dish,jeeez!

Penguins are weird birds (1)

slashthedot (991354) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352558)

They can't fly but swim and seals easily catch 'em. Hardly mysterious. Seals are getting hungrier, it seems. A lesser reason for the disappearance could be the melting of ice there. Penguins go for a swim and by the time they return the ice has melted..so they drown.

Range of Penguin Species (2, Informative)

RotateLeftByte (797477) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352604)

There are several species of Penuin that NEVER get anyway near the Antartic Ice Cap.
You can see Penguins in Chile, Argentina, Namibia, South Africa and the Falklands to name just a few places. Oh, I forgot those nice islands near the Equator called the Galapagos.

It is more likely that over fishing is the cause of the decline of the Rockhoppers in the Falklands. If there is no suitable food supply then the population will crash.

An alternative theory could be that this is cyclical variation in population just like Lemmings.

At the moment, it is too early to say.
Anyway, I'm off to the Falklands next month and hope to see some live TUX.

Idiots. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17352562)

Everyone knows that penguins can transverse galaxies, and until we can fly to Andromeda, well, we'll never have a true idea of their actual population.

Either that, or we need to get these global-warming-studying people out of Antarctica, it's pretty clear those drilling for ice cores are eating all our fucking penguins!

Thanks (1)

somegeekynick (1011759) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352574)

I think you're over-doing it with those silly comments. You can stop now, thanks.

Re:Thanks (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352912)

But I don't see any fnords!

Counting methods... (2, Insightful)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352590)

they are wondrously imprecise... barring actually going everywhere and penning them all and then counting them out of the pens, you could say anything you like about the total numbers...

just think of all the fudge factors they use as it is... x% assumed to be underwater catching fish, we've only counted them here and we'll assume things are the same over there...

the only thing you can say with certainty is that the scientists are earnestly trying to count them and they haven't found as many of them as previous guesstimation figured there would be

Food Chain (4, Insightful)

Detritus (11846) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352598)

What about the food chain? Is commercial fishing by humans affecting the penguin's food supply? Overfishing can have unanticipated effects on other species.

fuck Ca GNAA (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17352600)

Every chance I got their 4and...She

Global Warming? (1)

Karganeth (1017580) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352616)

I can not see how global warming is behind any of this. I could understand if teh species dying were camels, because it'd make sense that less water would be available and they would become more exhausted etc. But with penguins, it only creates a nicer environment; less would die in freezing storms, eggs/penguin chicks would have a higher survival rate and so on. It only points to more penguins. The only thing they have going for the idea of global warming being responsible is about the seas being less populated, and this is followed by "but researchers admit they have not yet established the reasons".

Guys, I just don't think that global warming is behind everything bad happening to the earth and species. It no where near as destructive as it's made out to be.

I call bullshit (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17352676)

Almost every species that thrives in its environment does so because it's reached an equilibrium with that environment. Change that environment, you start adding or eliminating vegetation, adding or eliminating predators, adding or eliminating their animal food supplies, etc. Never mind fucking up their mating, nesting, or hibernating patterns, or forcing them to adapt to new temperatures that conflict with what their bodies have evolved to be comfortable with.

I said "almost" above because there is one species that isn't content to thrive in its environment, but must constantly meddle with it and fuck it up. And that's our species, and that's because we're smart enough to create things that have awful biproducts, but stupid enough to believe those getting rich off the process that everything's going fine... just fine.

Tell that to the disappearing penguins. Tell that to the drowning polar bears. Tell that to extinct dolphins. Tell that to the Siberians who are getting more bear sightings than usual because it's too warm for hibernation.

Tell that to your GRANDCHILDREN. It used to be the older generation's fault for allowing this to happen. Now it's ours for not stepping up and showing the courage to take the drastic changes necessary to stop it.

Close but no cigar (4, Interesting)

OriginalArlen (726444) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352628)

I heard this chap interviewed on the Today programme yesterday morning. He put great emphasis on pointing out that it's only the Rockhoppers that have declined: the Gentoo and Emperor penguin species seem to be unaffected by whatever's causing this. Readers in the UK running Windows legacy systems can watch the related TV story here [bbc.co.uk] . Hmmm, and there's a story here from 2002. [bbc.co.uk]

Re:Close but no cigar (1)

lixee (863589) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353184)

the Gentoo and Emperor penguin species seem to be unaffected by whatever's causing this.
Last time I checked, they were disappearing too. Early investigation suggested Ubuntu as the primary cause.

YOU F,AIL IT!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17352654)

The RAF has a base in the falklands... (1)

fussili (720463) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352680)

and my radar-technician mates in her Majesty's Royal Airforce report that using the radar array to fry penguins with massive quantities of high frequency EM is a common pasttime there. Perhaps they've gotten a bit too enthusiastic as of late?

Murder, not global warming (2, Interesting)

driptray (187357) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352682)

Don't blame global warming - the real culprit is thugs with knives: Penguins killed in sickening beach attack [smh.com.au]

Damned Linux Users! (1)

aitikin (909209) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352696)

All you and your moving to the Northern Hemisphere!

The penguins are coming! (3, Funny)

October_30th (531777) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352702)

You fools! Don't you realize what this means? It's the great penguin conspiracy!


They've been honing their plan for total world domination for years while lulling people into a false sense of security by appearing cute and harmless cratures who just want to fish and frolic. Well, their plans are now complete and what appears as a mysterious disappearance of penguins is simply the beginning of the great penguin war.

They are assembling an invincible penguin army deep in the secret caves under Antarctica. That's where all the penguins went.

omg so sinister ponies wizards (1)

towsonu2003 (928663) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352708)

mysterious disappearance of penguins
o my gd o my gd o my gd yay yay... wyh rae tehy disaperng????!!!!???


oh wait, we're destroying the environment they live in.
Dee dee dee...

mr president (1)

towsonu2003 (928663) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352730)

1. Kill penguins with global warming
2. replace them with penguins from free-penguin.org
3. ???
4. profit...


yay

Rapture? (1)

wolverine1999 (126497) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352734)

Have they been raptured???

Northern Hemisphere (0, Offtopic)

qeorqe (853039) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352742)

In Pittsburgh they are endangered also.

Don't be silly (1)

GrumpySimon (707671) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352746)

...they're just flying north for the winter. I'm sure they're all up in Hawaii working on their tans.

Thank them (1)

towsonu2003 (928663) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352754)

Novell did it!

I dont see the problem (1)

bl8n8r (649187) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352806)

> In just six years their numbers have fallen from 600,000 to 420,000

They're still going to be around for another two years, stop whining. The price of gasoline is lower, an SUV still gets over 15mpg, and all our manufacturing is done in China. There's nothing to worry about.

Tracking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17352828)

give 'em cell phones then we'd know where the blighters are

A change in weather (1)

tom_75 (1013457) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352924)

It looks like the Earth is slowly progressing towards a different climate. How much that has to do with global warming caused by greenhouse gases is anybody's guess. It looks like a natural cycle that comes by every 15-20 000 years or so. Might be the dawn of a new Ice Age for all we know. I hear it starts with a slight rise in temperatures all over. One thing's for certain: this DOES make entire species extinct, it's just that this time there is someone around to worry about them. Mother Nature knows best.

The next glaciation is (over)due right now (1)

Morgaine (4316) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353270)

We've had our 20,000 years of warm interglacial, and now it's time to dive right back down into another 80,000 years of glaciation in the highly regular 100,000 year cycle.

Here's a fairly useful time graph of temperature, dust and CO2 [wikipedia.org] over the last 4 periods of this cycle (ie. 400,000 years). Note that time flows from right to left in this graphic, so "now" is at the origin.

The very close correlation between the curves is very interesting. Of course it doesn't tell us which is cause and which is effect at this resolution, but if CO2 is causal then it would indeed appear that the stage is set for the next glaciation, and Mankind's extra CO2 just reinforces the natural CO2 which rises towards the ends of interglacials leading up to the big plunge into coldness.

The single biggest problem for climatologists at the moment is that they can't model the transition from warm interglacial to fully glaciated state, largely because they don't know the full mechanism by which it happens, and hence no current GCM can model the transition. And when you don't know how that works, then all other talk about climate change is pretty pointless.

FOOS (1)

oohshiny (998054) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352930)

I suspect a conspiracy by FOOS (the Foes Of Open Source) to deprive Linux of its mascot.

Penguins are for life... (2, Funny)

gavint (785035) | more than 7 years ago | (#17352960)

Penguins are for life guys, not just for Christmas. Make sure the person you're giving one to really wants a penguin, and has the time to care for one.

Easy to guess (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353008)

Some smugglers found a use for something about those species of penguins, and they are harvesting them like mad.

Might be some local 'delicatessen' thing going on in some part of underground china catering to some elite uppity crowd - (they eat anything except humans anyway), might be some collectors, might be some medical lab and so on.

Best solution i think is to set an armed corvette there on patrol and some squad to roam the area as part of u.n. and see if the population will contunie to decline.

Rapture (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17353016)

As I have been sayig for years, "The Fundogelicals have it wrong. "It is not the people, but the penguin who will be Raptured.

Hail GNU/Linux

herb

Goodbye (0)

gelfling (6534) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353056)

and thanks for all the fish.

mad props to the first person who posted that here. Kudos.

itsatrap! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17353108)

Finally a story where the title fits.

Bags full of penguin heads (1)

roguerez (319598) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353124)

One can dream, eh?

Sorry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17353134)

I needed SOMETHING to put in my bags labelled 'bags full of penguin heads'.

Nothing to do with global warming (1)

DiamondGeezer (872237) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353142)

The great bulk of Antarctica has been cooling over the last 50 years and the major icesheets are growing. The only bit that has warmed is the Antarctic Peninsula, which has warmed by 3-4C

This looks like a typical predator population crash.

In other news... (1)

Marsala (4168) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353150)

Seals in the southern hemisphere appear to be suffering from an obesity epidemic.

Evolution at work?? (1)

plazman30 (531348) | more than 7 years ago | (#17353278)

We, as humans, feel the need to save every single species on the planet, just because they live in our time and we have direct interaction with them. Unless this is something like the Tasmanian wolf, the Dodo, or the Passenger Pigeon, perhaps the species is simply dying out for evolutionary reasons. Human beings are not the cause of every single extinction on the planet, though we have caused our fair share of extinctions for no good reason, except convenience. Andy
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