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Protecting penguins and tortoises

The Galapagos Islands are renowned for their biodiversity. But this plant and animal paradise is under threat from climate change, prompting scientists to closely watch over the island’s penguins and giant tortoises.

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The Galapagos Islands are made up of a series of archipelagos and islands and deemed a UNESCO world heritage site. Together, they boast a vast number of species, from plants to animals. But one in every five of the island’s endemic plant species is under threat, as well as half of the endemic animal species - like the Galapagos penguin. The animal’s source of food has vanished, thanks to climate change and warmer waters. Global Ideas joins researchers from the Charles Darwin Foundation as they work to protect native species from the effects of climate change.

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