Past extreme warming events linked to massive carbon release from thawing permafrost

@article{DeConto2012PastEW,
  title={Past extreme warming events linked to massive carbon release from thawing permafrost},
  author={Robert M. DeConto and Simone Galeotti and Mark Pagani and David Tracy and Kevin M. Schaefer and Tingjun Zhang and David D. Pollard and David J. Beerling},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2012},
  volume={484},
  pages={87-91}
}
Between about 55.5 and 52 million years ago, Earth experienced a series of sudden and extreme global warming events (hyperthermals) superimposed on a long-term warming trend. The first and largest of these events, the Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), is characterized by a massive input of carbon, ocean acidification and an increase in global temperature of about 5 °C within a few thousand years. Although various explanations for the PETM have been proposed, a satisfactory model that… 

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