Emperor Penguins Protected Under Endangered Species Act

Emperor Penguins are now protected under the Endangered Species Act. Under the new listing, federal agencies are required to reduce threats to the species, which has become vulnerable due to melting sea ice. Experts predict that 99-percent of the population will be extinct by the end of the century if something isn’t done to reduce carbon pollution. “This listing reflects the growing extinction crisis and highlights the importance of the ESA (Endangered Species Act) and efforts to conserve species before population declines become irreversible,” said Service Director Martha Williams. “Climate change is having a profound impact on species around the world and addressing it is a priority for the Administration. The listing of the emperor penguin serves as an alarm bell but also a call to action.”