The Antarctic's beloved emperor penguins no longer survive across their ancient home.
No chicks lived last year in four out of five of the noble species' colonies near the Bellingshausen Sea in the western part of the continent, according to a report published Thursday in the journal Nature Communities Earth & Environment.
Thousands of young penguins died in the four colonies, the report said. The Antarctic's 62 penguin colonies have suffered losses of 30 percent since 2018, scientists estimate.
As sea ice disappears, the little birds are thrust in into the sea before they can develop mature, life-sustaining feathers.
Imagine the emptiness of the vast, once frozen landscape. The silence.
As the melting escalates, more than 90 percent of the emperor penguins are threatened with "quasi-extinction" by 2100, scientists say.
Emperor penguins will be gone from the world, along with polar bears, elephants and other species.
Artificial intelligence will likely kill humans off too. The computers will beep along in their lifeless, virtual world.