“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.” – H. G. Wells
Species adapting to their environment is not new science. When a species fails to do so, it is doomed towards extinction is an accepted fact. In one of my blog posts called ‘Global warming? Think again.‘, I wrote about a type of coral called the Gorgonian coral. They are flourishing with the rise in ocean temperature.
If that isn’t exciting enough, can the newly discovered life that is growing on plastic waste be considered another proof of adaptation? A whole new group of microscopic creatures has been found growing of the vast amount of discarded plastic floating in the world’s oceans, according to ABC.net.au. This is no excuse for us to continue dumping plastic waste in oceans, but it does offer a fresh perspective on climate change.
It is possible that there might be many more species out there trying to adapt to climate change as you read? As for humans, technology will probably help us sustain in such climatic conditions for now. It won’t be too long until we have to struggle for adaptation as well. Current technologies are under scrutiny as to whether they are good enough to help us to sustain on this planet. Perhaps a rather unconventional route towards adaptation might lie in learning more about the ability of a Dutch world record holder, Wim Hof, commonly nicknamed the Iceman for his ability to withstand extreme cold.
Are you excited about the future?