Life After a Global Warming Extinction: The Story in Fossils
December 24, 2010
Google Permian extinction.
Go ahead, I’ll wait.
The Permian extinction, also known as the Great Dying, was the most extreme example we know of in Earth’s history of what a massive warming event has done to the planet in the past. The event, about 250 million years ago, was kicked off by enormous release of greenhouse gases from massive volcanic eruptions. Over time, it resulted in radical changes in ocean chemistry that destroyed more than 90 percent of the species then on the planet.
Important to remember, we still have time to head this off.
I touch on the story, and Richard Alley’s account of it in this video.