in the prestigious journal Palaeoworld in December issued a dire --
and possibly prophetic -- warning, though it garnered little
attention in the media.
warming triggered by the massive release of carbon dioxide may be
the study's abstract.
"But the release of methane from hydrate may be apocalyptic."
study, titled "Methane Hydrate: Killer Cause of Earth's Greatest
Mass Extinction," highlights the fact that the most significant
variable in the Permian
Mass Extinction event,
which occurred 250 million years ago and annihilated 90 percent of
all the species on the planet, was methane hydrate.