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New Understanding of Past Global Warming Events

New Understanding of Past Global Warming Events

New Understanding of Past Global Warming Events Posted on 9 April 2012 by John Hartz This is a reprint of a press release posted by the University of New Hampshire on April 2, 2012. A series of global warming events called hyperthermals that occurred more than 50 million years ago had a similar origin to a much larger hyperthermal of the period, the Pelaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), new research has found. The findings, published in Nature Geoscience online on April 1, 2012, represent a breakthrough in understanding the major “burp” of carbon, equivalent to burning the entire reservoir of fossil fuels on Earth, that occurred during the PETM. “As geologists, it unnerves us that we don’t know where this huge amount of carbon released in the PETM comes from,” says Will Clyde, associate professor of Earth sciences at the University of New Hampshire and a co-author on t...

Full article: http://www.skepticalscience.com/news.php?n=1387

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