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Main Title Under a green sky : global warming, the mass extinctions of the past, and what they can tell us about our future /
Author Ward, Peter D. ; Ward, Peter Douglas
Publisher Smithsonian Books/Collins,
Year Published 2007
OCLC Number 76168082
ISBN 9780061137914; 9780061137921; 0061137928; 006113791X
Subjects Extinction (Biology) ; Paleoclimatology. ; Global warming. ; Klimaänderung.--(DE-588)4164199-1 ; Paläoklimatologie.--(DE-588)4173112-8 ; Perm (Geologie)--(DE-588)4173820-2 ; Global warming--Environmental aspects
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ESAM  QE721.2.E97W384 2007 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 05/25/2007
Edition 1st Smithsonian Books ed.
Collation xiv, 242 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
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. 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.