Once we learned that they can survive a nuclear war (while we won't). Now it turns out they're impervious to global warming as well. I guess we have to accept the fact that they will always be around (even if we are not).
Researchers have learned that cockroaches can hold their breath for as long as 40 minutes, which will help them survive the rise in sea levels. In fact, they actually change the way they breathe in response to changes in humidity, oxygen levels and CO2 levels.
New Scientist, Shanta Barley quotes researcher George McGavin as saying, "Two hundred and fifty million years of physiological fine tuning has produced a creature that will be around for a long time to come. Cockroaches, I'm afraid to say, will do well in the face of climate change."
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