07 Dec '11, 8pm

Study: The climate is changing 100 times faster than species can adapt

Whatever the Republican candidates for president may have told you, climate change and evolution are both realities of nature. But it turns out that in a fight-to-the-death throwdown, climate change would win by a mile. A new study published in the journal PLoS One has found that over the next 90 years, the climate in North America will change faster than species can adapt. The rate at which species can change to adapt to their environment tracks with the climate's change rate over the last 300,000 years. The climate variations in that time have been nothing to sneeze at -- we're talking about three major glacial cycles -- but the planet's various critters have mostly managed to stay on top of things. But climate change over the next century will be orders of magnitude faster, and will leave adaptation in the dust, researchers say. This doesn't spell "mass extinction" or a...

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