Monday, February 11, 2008

Reference: The last march, Bangkok Post, February 11, 2008

The Antarctic Peninsula is a long spiny thread of mountains that stretches from Antarctica toward the southern tip of South America and constitutes less than 2% of the continent in land mass. The population of Adelie Penguins in the northern reaches of the Peninsula has declined in recent decades as noted in your article (The last march, Bangkok Post, February 11, 2008) but this decline has been more than offset by robust growth in other areas of Antarctica. Meanwhile other species of penguins are thriving in the Peninsula. The mix of penguin species in Antarctica has never been stable and has undergone dramatic changes over millennia. It is a gross misrepresentation of the data to imply that global warming caused by human activity is driving the Adelie penguins to extinction.

Cha-am Jamal

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