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The Falkland Islands are a remote group of sub antarctic islands off the eastern tip of South America, made famous by the Argentine invasion in the 1980's. The islands have become drier and warmer over the last 50 years as a result of climate change. Sea surface temperatures around the islands have also risen, causing some species of fish to migrate to find cooler waters. The slants are important breeding ground for 4 species of Penguin, all of which have seen declines in their populations in recent years. Some of this decline can be clearly attributed to the scarcity of food for the adults to feed their chicks, which subsequently starve to death. As a result of the warmer and drier climate the vulnerable peat soils are more susceptible to burning and are less able to sequestrate carbon.