Will Climate Change Make Redheads Extinct?

Man-made climate change could make people not see red — redheads that is — at least in Scotland.

Some scientists in Scotland have issued a red alert, as it were, that red hair among their countrymen and women could disappear if global warming makes the sky there less cloudy.

Reportedly, the body’s DNA has adapted to the lack of sunlight in Scotland where 13 percent of the population — most of whom are in the Edinburgh area — has red hair as opposed to only 1 to 2 percent in the rest of the world. “Experts believe that Scotland’s gloomy climate has led to a red hair emerging as a genetic adaptation to help exploit rare sunny days and boost vitamin D production,” London’s Daily Mail claimed.

As reported by the Daily Record of Scotland, Dr. Alistair Moffat of the ScotlandsDNA testing firm said that “We think red hair in Scotland, Ireland, and the north of England is adaptation to the climate. We do not get enough sun and have to get all the vitamin D we can. If it was to get less cloudy and there was more sun, there would be fewer people carrying the gene.”

Added another, unnamed, scientist, “I think the gene is slowly dying out. Climate change could see a decline in the number of people with red hair in Scotland.”

It is estimated that about 20 million people in the U.K. currently have red hair. In the worst-case scenario, however, it apparently could take centuries before the red hair pigment would die out assuming the gene in question was turned off by climate change.

According to the London Telegraph, “Both parents have to have one of the gene variants to produce red haired offspring, which means that generations of families can have no redheads before apparently producing a redheaded child ‘out of nowhere.'”

The alleged extinction of readheads is one of many dour claims made by the climate change movement.


Despite various pronouncements by many in the scientific, political, and news media domains, some climatologists are nonetheless pushing back against the man-made climate change agenda.

For example, Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore, who has become a vocal critic of the climate change movement, maintains that “The certainty among many scientists that humans are the main cause of climate change, including global warming, is not based on the replication of observable events. It is based on just two things, the theoretical effect of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, predominantly carbon dioxide, and the predictions of computer models using those theoretical calculations. There is no scientific ‘proof’ at all.”

Do you accept non-sunny prediction that redheads might be wiped out by climate change in Scotland?

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