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Author Ward, Peter Douglas, 1949-

Title Under a green sky : global warming, the mass extinctions of the past, and what they mean for our future / Peter D. Ward.

Imprint New York : Smithsonian Books/Collins, 2007.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  577.276 W216u 2007    ---  Available
Edition 1st Smithsonian Books ed.
Description xiv, 242 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Welcome to the revolution! -- The overlooked extinction -- The mother of all extinctions -- The misinterpreted extinction -- A new paradigm for mass extinctions -- The driver of extinction -- Bridging deep past with near past -- The oncoming extinction of winter -- Back to the Eocene.
Summary 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.
Subject Extinction (Biology)
Global warming.
ISBN 9780061137914
9780061137921 (pbk.)
0061137928 (pbk.)
Standard No. YDXCP 2462437
NZ1 11106597
NZ1 12499811
AU@ 000043353384
AU@ 000041057143

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