Recent findings of the geochemist Morgan Schaller of Presselaer Poly tech Institute suggest that the current trend of temperature increase which we know as global warming may have started with a bang. Evidence such as impact debris and evidence of wildfires in North America suggests that an impact happened in the North East region of North America around 56 million years ago. This was during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, or PETM, which was a period of rapid warming and huge increases in carbon dioxide levels found in the atmosphere. The event is what spurred modern global warming and may have increased Co2 levels in the atmosphere by disrupting and releasing huge amounts of carbon.
This event is important because global warming is one of the biggest issues that we face today and it is extremely important to know what the origins may be because they may help us combat the issue. I think everybody should be much more informed on global warming as it is going to be one huge issue that will be faced by society in the coming decades.