Carbon dioxide has claimed the lives of more than half of all living things on the planet.
A group of scientists from Europe and Canada named the cause of the largest mass extinction of animals in the history of the planet, which occurred 252 million years ago during the Permian period.
As part of their research, the scientists built a complex geochemical model that allowed them to partially reconstruct the chronology and cause-and-effect relationships of those events. As a result, they came to the conclusion that the cause of the extinction was a sharp increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which, in turn, was associated with intense volcanic activity.
An overabundance of carbon dioxide in the air and an increase in the acidity of the environment in the water caused by outdoor activity led to the fact that it turned out to be extinct (96% of species of marine organisms and 70% of terrestrial).
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