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Under a green sky : global warming, the mass extinctions of the past, and what they can tell us about our future

Author: Peter D Ward
Publisher: New York, NY : Smithsonian Books/Collins, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Smithsonian books edView all editions and formats
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More than 200 million years ago, a cataclysm known as the Permian extinction destroyed nearly 97 percent of all living things. Its origins have long been a puzzle. Paleontologist Ward, fresh from helping prove that an asteroid had killed the dinosaurs, turned to the Permian problem, and he has come to a stunning conclusion: that the near-total devastation at the end of the Permian period was caused by rising levels  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ward, Peter Douglas, 1949-
Under a green sky.
New York : Smithsonian Books/Collins, 2007
(OCoLC)623049871
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter D Ward
ISBN: 9780061137914 9780061137921 0061137928 006113791X
OCLC Number: 76168082
Description: xiv, 242 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Welcome to the revolution! --
The overlooked extinction --
The mother of all extinctions --
The misinterpreted extinction --
A new paradigm for mass extinction --
The driver of extinction --
Bridging the deep past and near past --
The oncoming extinction of winter --
Back to the Eocene --
The new old world.
Responsibility: Peter D. Ward.
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More than 200 million years ago, a cataclysm known as the Permian extinction destroyed nearly 97 percent of all living things. Its origins have long been a puzzle. Paleontologist Ward, fresh from helping prove that an asteroid had killed the dinosaurs, turned to the Permian problem, and he has come to a stunning conclusion: that the near-total devastation at the end of the Permian period was caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide leading to climate change. The story of the discovery makes for a globe-spanning adventure. Here, Ward explains how the Permian extinction as well as four others happened, and describes the freakish oceans--belching poisonous gas--and sky--slightly green and always hazy--that would have attended them. Those ancient upheavals demonstrate that the threat of climate change cannot be ignored, lest the world's life today--ourselves included--face the same dire fate.--From publisher description.

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