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The greatest threat to emperor penguins is the loss of the sea ice that they rely on for their habitats. David Ainley, an independent penguin expert explains, “penguins need sea ice in their habitat just like songbirds need trees.” Penguins also rely on this ice year-round, forming colonies in May, laying eggs in June, and fledging chicks in late December. As climate change lengthens summers and disrupts cycles of freezing in the Antarctic, it leaves penguin colonies with less and less time to breed and brood.
As Above: In Navidi’s penguin pods, Penguins will have shelters where they can lay their eggs and huddle together for warmth without fear that the structure may melt and leave their chicks in the cold too early for their survival. Navidi hopes that the circular construction will allow emperor penguins to practice their natural huddling behavior by standing in a spiral formation in the shelter.
So Below: Just underneath these igloos, Navidi has designed a crater filled “inverted igloo,” inspired by sea sponges, that will be attached to a pendulum in the waters beneath it. When the pendulum moves with the waves, it will generate electricity that will be used to cool the area surrounding the pod, preventing ice melt and prolonging frozen conditions for the penguins.
Navidi designed these structures to be transportable and with the ability to separate the top and bottom halves. This way, experts could move the shelters and devices to areas and penguin colonies that need them most. Although the project is still in its conceptual phases, the project shows the positive intersection of conservation and human construction and inspires many that architecture and design will play an important role in combatting climate change in the future.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new study suggests that baby sharks are being born tiny, tired, and malnourished as a result of rising temperatures in the ocean. Scientists analyzed the effects of warming waters on young epaulette sharks — a small, egg-laying species that lives in the Great Barrier Reef. These researchers examined […]
In a story for the New York Times,Sam Anderson documents the lonely lives of the two beautiful creatures and details what we lose when a species vanishes before one’s eyes — it brings gravity to the extinction process that numbers and statistics just can’t.
Why This Matters: In 2019, the United Nations released a report detailing accelerating extinction rates.
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