Actually neither the Spanish, French nor British were the first settlements (sorry Erik). It was the Native Americans at least thousands of years before them and if it wasn"t for their European diseases, they wouldn't have been so quick to conquer North, Central and South America. Just a detail. : )

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The biggest mass extinction in the history of the world was caused by carbon dioxide. That’s the conclusion of a shocking new study published last week in Science Magazine.

According to that study - the Permian Mass Extinction - which occurred 252 million years ago - started when a group of volcanoes erupted in Siberia - sending tons upon tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.