Climate change will wipe out a quarter of species … no, spur the evolution of new species
|January 21, 2014||Posted by News under Evolution, extinction, Climate change, News|
The new climate doomsday strutting the catwalk at New Scientist features bold editorial lines, according to which human meddling will trigger not merely mass extinctions but the evolution of new species.
Just think; we will finally have evidence for the evolution of new species. A silver lining in the clouds of climate change.
Snatch from a mostly paywalled article:
A decade ago, ecologist Chris Thomas warned that climate change would wipe out a quarter of all species. Now he tells Fred Pearce that we might actually end up with more species than before – and this isn’t a contradiction
Of course it’s not a contradiction. It’s most likely an impossibility but that’s something different. What’s really remarkable is that a science writer even tried to make sense of a doomsday scenario instead of just passively accepting the latest from rerite.
Chris Thomas argues that, “in an evolutionary surge,” new species are beginning to emerge already.
Let’s see whether we spot any of them when the ice melts.
Note: Niagara Falls is in the banana belt of Canada, right at the southern border.