Climate change is set to make a lot of creatures extinct. And one of those is gingers. Yup, those flame-haired, be-freckled 2% of the population could be wiped out because you won't recycle your beer bottles.
So that's no more Karen Gillan or Seth Green or Christina Hendricks or, erm, Rupert Grint—they could all but disappear from the human gene pool. The ginger gene supposedly evolved as a response to cloudy skies, which is why there's lot of ginger people in Scotland where the weather's abysmal. But if climate change causes the skies to become less cloudy and more sunny then *dramatic pause* red-heads could die out FOREVER.
At least, they could according to Dr Alistair Moffat, managing director of ScotlandsDNA and scare-mongerer par excellence who said the following: "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."
With another scientist adding: "I think the regressive gene is slowly dying out. Red hair and blue eyes are not adapted to a warm climate. It is just a theory but the recessive gene may likely be lost. The recessive gene could be in danger."
So, yeah, just a theory but still. Might as well take that as fact. As a society we can't let gingers become museum pieces. Remember, gingers have souls too. They get a freckle for every one they steal.
h/t The Mirror