Posts Tagged ‘penguins’

Avid environmentalist challenges climate change alarmists on species extinctions

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Source: Pacifica  butterfly-8205

By Jean Bartlett

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, raised from age five in the Boston area, Pacifican Jim Steele first headed off to attend the mechanical engineering program at the University of Massachusetts in 1968. But with the Vietnam War raging, Steele feared his career would revolve around wartime production. So he dropped out, went to work on social justice issues, and then backpacked around the country, touring as many National Parks as possible. Inspired by nature, he went on to pursue a degree in biology at San Francisco State University, through their ecology and systematics program. While finishing his Masters, the SFSU Dean of Science appointed Steele to the director’s position of SFSU’s Sierra Nevada field campus. There Steele built an environmental education program and pursued environmental research. He served as director of the Sierra Nevada field campus for 25 years, while also teaching science in the San Francisco school district. He and his wife Kristen have lived in Pacifica for 21 years. Their son Jared is a graduate of IBL and Terra Nova High School and is currently attending Oregon University. (more…)

Twice as Many Emperor Penguins as Thought in Antarctica, First-Ever Penguin Count from Space Shows

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Source:  Science Daily

A new study using satellite mapping technology reveals there are twice as many emperor penguins in Antarctica than previously thought. The results provide an important benchmark for monitoring the impact of environmental change on the population of this iconic bird, which breeds in remote areas that are very difficult to study because they often are inaccessible with temperatures as low as -58 degrees Fahrenheit.

Recently reporting in the journal PLoS ONE, an international team of scientists describe how they used Very High Resolution satellite images to estimate the number of penguins at each colony around the coastline of Antarctica. (more…)