When it comes to weather reports they don’t tend to be specific to hair colour, but there has been recent research that suggests the ginger gene could be dying out and it’s all because of climate change. Red hair has become very popular over recent years and it’s largely down to the likes of Jessica Chastain, Christina Hendricks and Julianne Moore. It isn’t too often that just a few people can turn something that usually has had a lot of stigma attached to it and make it into a sexy and sought after look. Now even non-redheads are after a bit of the ginger’s limelight, after the likes of Rachel McAdams and Blake Lively have dyed their hair various shades of red. So why is the ginger gene so sought after at the minute and why is it in danger of dying out? Well we might first have to look at the biology behind it all. Interestingly enough the ginger gene is said to exist as a response to cloudy weather, that’s why our Scottish friends are more likely to be ginger (with 13 percent of their population having red hair compared to just one or two percent globally). The gene is thought to have evolved because of a lack of sunlight and vitamin D in the likes of Scotland, Ireland and the north of England thousands of years ago. It’s fair to say that the sun is sparse on a lot of occasions in Scotland and that is reportedly why there are over 5 times the number of redheads in these locations than the rest of the world. So Scottish weather is to blame for it the ginger gene, but the gene may have its days numbered because of the climate becoming warmer and clearer days becoming all the more likely. Geneticists are now theorizing that we might begin to see the number of redheads fall because of global warming. The results of global warming are higher temperatures and more sun, therefore if the theory about why red hair exists is true then there is the potential for global warming to lower their numbers. There has been a lot made of the initial news that the redhead gene would die out and it was actually suggested in the news as early as 2007. But what we do know about the redhead gene is that it is recessive, in that it might skip a few generations before resurfacing later on. Therefore even if you and your partner don’t have red hair but you both are carrying the gene, there could be the potential for your children or grandchildren to be ginger. This means that regardless of climate change the gene will still exists, it might decrease quite considerably in its frequency and the warmer climate may play a role in this. The potential fall of redheads might make them even more sought after although it has been reported that their dwindling numbers is making the sales of red hair related products fall and this isn’t going down to well with hair care manufacturers.