According to a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. journal, life may not be able to evolve quickly enough to survive the threat of climate change. The study was conducted on a tide pool copepod.
Though these tiny sea creatures range in habitat from Baja California to Alaska, they showed little ability to evolve tolerance to heat. Study co-author Eric Sanford said the big question is whether organisms can evolve over decades.
The short-lived copepods were bred for 10 generations, each subject to increased heat stress. The 10th generation only showed about 1 degree Fahrenheit improved heat tolerance over the first generation.