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Op-Ed: World’s largest mass extinction happened much faster — MIT

Sydney - The Permian extinction, which almost annihilated life on Earth, was a comparatively sudden event. MIT scientists have now discovered that the extinction was caused by a massive increase of carbon, believed to have been caused by volcanic eruptions.

Op-Ed: Earth's giant 'dead zone' in Permian lasted 5 million years

Sydney - The Permian extinction wiped out 97% of species on Earth. Its cause was runaway CO2 levels. A new study has found a dead zone where nothing but shellfish survived. Land temperatures were 50C to 60C. Sea surface temperatures were about 40C.

Extinction, anyone? Methane, a literal blast from the past, makes a comeback

Why go to all this trouble with subprimes, when all you really need to do is stick a few billion tons of methane in the atmosphere? It’s been tried before, it works, and it’s a lot less expensive. It was called the Permian Extinction.

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Check out the latitudes of the dead zone.
Check out the latitudes of the dead zone.
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