Skip to comments.Gingers could become extinct due to climate change, experts warn
Posted on 07/06/2014 5:09:47 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
Scientists believe the gene that causes red hair could die out if temperatures continue to rise
Polar bears and Emperor penguins aren't the only species under threat due to climate change.
Gingers could become extinct as a result of increasingly sunny skies, experts have warned.
Scientists believe the gene that causes red hair is an evolutionary response to cloudy skies and allows inhabitants to get as much Vitamin D as possible.
But if predictions of rising temperatures and blazing sunshine across the British Isles turn out to be correct, flaming red heads could cease to exist within centuries.
While only 1% to 2% of the worlds population are ginger, in the north of the UK, where the weather tends to be more gloomy, this number is much higher.
In Scotland 650,000 (about 13% of the population) have red hair and, according to a study carried out last year, 40% of those living in Edinburgh are thought to carry the red hair/blue eye gene.
In the North and West of the UK, 29% of the population are believed to have the gene.
Dr Alistair Moffat, managing director of Galashiels-based ScotlandsDNA, said: We think red hair in Scotland, Ireland and in the North of England is adaption to the climate.
I think the reason for light skin and red hair is that we do not get enough sun and we have to get all the Vitamin D we can.
If the climate is changing and it is to become more cloudy or less cloudy then this will affect the gene.
If it was to get less cloudy and there was more sun, then yes, there would be fewer people carrying the gene.
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Climate experts could become extinct due to climate change... Hopefully.
Lohan wouldn’t be much of a loss.
Climate change, the new-age alchemy...
Does anyone want to point out to these geniuses that the surface temperature of the earth doesn’t determine how bright the f***ing sun is?
Gingers have a better chance of being eliminated from the “Knockout game” than climate change. ....
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and all on 0.006 deg C per year!
Do these people read what they write?
Climate pseudo science desperate for something... anything!
The average redhead female shares much in common with the Tasmanian Devil, which is why “Taz” is a popular nickname for said redheaded females. (I married one...trust me on this ;). In all my life I have never been hit as hard by a guy as by one of them. And that includes several bar fights in lumberjack territory.
I doubt global BS presents much danger to them.
No temperature increase for 16 years!
I win the genetic wars. ;)
Oh no - kitties too?
You are correct. It is the readings from our equipment that determine how bright the Sun gets.
So by the VERY SAME REASONING, global warming will make more dark-skinned people in Scotland?
And yeah, the UK is not known for lots of sun, and never has been.
So if it's cold temps that make people red heads, how come Eskimos don't have red hair?
There’s a lot of red hair DNA in Jews. The nations that finance climate charlatans will be long extinct before descendants of red-haired King David.
The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulafft, at Bergen, Norway.
Reports from fishermen, seal hunters, and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.
Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm. Great masses of ice have been replaced by mountains of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared.
Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds. Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coastal cities uninhabitable.
This guy would disagree!
It reminds me of a prediction that global oil production would be totally depleted in 20 years. The report was a US Naval report from the early 1920s.
Another day, another “scientific” hoax.
That guy is the ginger Martin Luther King!
LOL - that was really funny. Kinda feel sorry for that kid but he needs to grow up and learn to deal with life’s challenges instead of whining.
As an aside, the absolute hottest woman I ever dated was a ginger....a smokin’ ginger!!!
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
The genes are far more likely to go extinct from ongoing immigration from darker skinned populations and interbreeding with locals than climate. Climate hardly has an impact on skin and hair color anymore, when we have vitamin D supplements, tanning beds and indoor climate control.
And of course genetics... that is passing on the ginger genes plays no role what so ever..... idiots
I can picture the “experts” sitting around someone’s basement passing the bong and eating pizza. “Dude, we need something to warn the rubes about this week.” “Dude - how about red hair? It’s like going to become extinct or something because of climate change.” “Whoa dude - good one!” (inhales and holds it).
The rising temperatures are definitely eradicating the intelligent, honest “scientists”.
Guess they don’t have to worry, the temperature is not rising.
That ol' glowbull warmthing hockey puck, er, stick is threatening to delete your DNA if you are... ;-)
It IS settled science after all... ;-)
[. . .flaming red heads could cease to exist within centuries.]
If we have “centuries” then climate change can’t be that drastic.
Ginger women are pretty hot.
As long as it means more Mary Anns, I’m fine with it.
Yes they are - even hotter than blondes.
I speak from experience...and lived to tell about it.
There were redheads in ancient Israel. There have been redheads in the southern US for 400 years. I don’t think they’re going anywhere.
That hot, eh, but crazy?