Under A Green Sky

Under A Green Sky

Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and What They Can Tell Us About Our Future

Book - 2007
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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.
Publisher: New York : Smithsonian Books/Collins, 2007
Edition: First Smithsonian Books edition
ISBN: 9780061137914
Branch Call Number: 577.276 Wa
Characteristics: xiv, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Apr 28, 2015

The book is in part a professional history and what the author himself discovered that convinced him that major past extinctions were not primarily the result of extraterrestrial impacts (e.g., asteroids), but the result of changes in the atmosphere.
The writing is clear, but would have been helped with more diagrams and graphs.
Many of the most important points are not highlighted or had their significance communicated.

May 31, 2013

Couldn't get through this. I so wanted to read it - the subject matter seems very interesting - but the style is atrocious. About 80% of the sentences are incredibly loooong (60+ words), giving the book a breathless and confusing tone. Where's a good editor when a book needs one?!


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