Under a Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and What They Can Tell Us About Our Future

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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

Format:  Paperback,

242 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Apr 2008

ISBN-13: 9780061137921

ISBN-10: 0061137928

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More than 200 million years ago, a cataclysmic event known as the Permian extinction destroyed more than 90% of all species and nearly 97% of all living things. Its origins have long been a puzzle for paleontologists, and during the 1990s and the early part of this century a great battle was fought between those who thought that death had come from above and those who thought something more complicated was at work.

Paleontologist Peter D. 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. In his investigations of the fates of several groups of mollusks during those extinctions and others, he discovered that the near-total devastation at the end of the Permian was caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide leading to climate change. But it's not the heat (nor the humidity) that's directly responsible for the extinctions, and the story of the discovery of what is responsible makes for an fascinating, globe-spanning adventure.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Apr 2008
ISBN-13: 9780061137921
ISBN-10: 0061137928
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 242
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.4
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 0.75

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Review by Library Journal (2007-04-15)

An ast ro biologist with NASA who has written numerous books and articles about ancient mass-extinction events, Ward (paleontology, Univ. of Washington, Seattle; Life as We Do Not Know It) presents evidence suggesting that some of the mass extinctions (i.e., die-offs of at least 50 percent of plant and animal life) of the distant past were the result of catastrophic global warming. In understandable language, he explains the science and draws a picture of what our world might look like after runaway global warming.

His book gives readers a glimpse into the life of a scientist and how he works to collect evidence and fit it into the existing scientific worldview. Most important, it offers a look at how a scientific theory catches on, then changes as other evidence comes forth. There is also a 19-page bibliography for further reading on the topic. Although the technical level of the content may be beyond high school students, this excellent book is highly recommended for college and university libraries and public libraries with environmental science or global-change collections.

[Ward has previously presented this argument in Science.--Ed.] - Betty Galbraith, Washington State Univ. Science & Engineering Lib., Pullman

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More than 200 million years ago, a cataclysmic event known as the Permian extinction destroyed more than 90% of all species and nearly 97% of all living things. Its origins have long been a puzzle for paleontologists, and during the 1990s and the early part of this century a great battle was fought between those who thought that death had come from above and those who thought something more complicated was at work.

Paleontologist Peter D. 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. In his investigations of the fates of several groups of mollusks during those extinctions and others, he discovered that the near-total devastation at the end of the Permian was caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide leading to climate change. But it's not the heat (nor the humidity) that's directly responsible for the extinctions, and the story of the discovery of what is responsible makes for an fascinating, globe-spanning adventure.

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