The Ends Of The World

The Ends Of The World

Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, And Our Quest To Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions

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"As new groundbreaking research suggests that climate change played a major role in the most extreme catastrophes in the planet's history, award-winning science journalist Peter Brannen takes us on a wild ride through the planet's five mass extinctions and, in the process, offers us a glimpse of our increasingly dangerous future."--
Publisher: ©2017
New York, NY :, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062364807
0062364804
Branch Call Number: 576.84 Brannen
Characteristics: x, 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (chiefly color) ;,24 cm

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SPL_Shauna Aug 15, 2017

Ever been so terrified or depressed about something that all you can do is laugh? Peter Brannen knows the feeling. Over the past few years he did a deep dive with climate researchers, geologists and other experts, hoping to understand what drove past mass extinction events. What did he discover? Well, nothing good, at least for us.

Turns out, the effects of our taste for fossil fuels may mimic many of the geological and climate forces previously responsible for dead-air layers in the otherwise-noisy fossil record. And, lest you think reading about this may be bleak or dry, Brannen's writing brings dark humour and high drama to the topic. My husband got a sore shoulder because I whacked his shoulder and said, " DUDE. DID YOU KNOW..." so many times while reading this. Hilariously informative AND hilariously depressing, this book is a great beach read for the nonfiction/science fan in your life. Also a great way to anchor a wayward optimist.

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