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Scientists claim redheads will disappear thanks to global warming

Scientists claim redheads will disappear thanks to global warming.
Scientists claim redheads will disappear thanks to global warming.
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Global warming has been blamed for a number of things, from protests in Egypt to freezing weather and more icebergs. Now, scientists are warning that redheads will soon disappear from Scotland, thanks to global warming, the Daily Caller said Sunday.

“We think red hair in Scotland, Ireland and the north of England is adaptation to the climate,” said Alistair Moffat, head of the genetic testing company ScotlandsDNA. “We do not get enough sun and have to get all the vitamin D we can.”

But fewer clouds and more sun would mean “fewer people carrying the gene” that causes red hair, the Daily Record said. The article also said the extinction of redheads would take "a few centuries" if predictions that the climate will get sunnier turn out to be true.

“I think the gene is slowly dying out," said another scientists who wished to remain anonymous. "Climate change could see a decline in the number of people with red hair in Scotland.”

The Daily Caller's Eric Owens noted that Moffat did not explain how redheads would be compelled not to have children, or how they would not pass the gene to their offspring, although, he added, it "probably has something to do with global warming, too."

Globally, only about one or two percent of the population are redheads, but the percentage in Scotland is much higher -- about 13 percent, or about 650,000 people. About 20 million people across the United Kingdom and Ireland carry the gene that can produce red-haired babies, the Telegraph said, citing a 2013 study.

Not everyone was impressed with the reported findings. One Daily Record reader who claimed to be an independent physical scientist not working for the government, called the report "insanity" and wondered when it would stop.

Another reader sarcastically noted that global warming has "already caused the extinction of Big Foot, the Loch Ness Monster, 8 Track Tapes, Beta, and the Ford Pinto."

The answer, according to the U.N.'s climate chief, lies in the adoption of the model used by Communist China, a nation that, Christiana Figueres claims, is "doing it right,” even though it has major pollution problems of its own.

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