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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

3 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Peter D. Ward

Popular science writer and paleontologist Ward presents breaking news about the link between past mass extinctions and global warming. Disarmingly engaging, Ward combines tales of his own punishing fieldwork with a piquant history of the controversies … see full wiki

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Author: Peter D. Ward
Publisher: Smithsonian
3 reviews about Under a Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass...
review by . March 03, 2008
This book is one part blank verse, one part detective story, one part insider gossip -- and the rest is science.  Several reviewers have already ably summarized the science. It is very interesting, and readable by anyone with a basic grasp of natural science and no fear of numbers.  The style is a bit distracting at first. The sentences are long enough and lovely enough to make quite good poems. In fact, I actually punctuated a couple of them as poems and emailed them off to …
review by . January 21, 2008
I'm going to TRY to read this, but after the introduction and the first few pages of chapter one, I'm not convinced that I can get to the end: this author does not know when to end a sentence!      The first paragraph of the first chapter is a great example. It's your average size paragraph, consuming perhaps a little more than a third of the page. Viewed at a distance, it looks quite ordinary. But it is TWO SENTENCES! Two rambling, run on, will this sentence ever end, …
review by . November 04, 2007
Mr. Flygore and others have dispassionately summarized Under A Green Sky. Pardon me if I don't repeat their efforts. The significant theses which Peter Ward presents are: 1. geologically rapid climate change has been the underlying cause of most great "extinction" events. Those events have been, as S Gould hypothesized, major drivers of evolution.2. drastic climate change has not always been gradual; there is good empirical evidence of catastrophic warming events taking place in centuries, perhaps …
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