Carbon dioxide in the room affects our ability to think

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2019-12-19 08:00:09

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Carbon dioxide in the room affects our ability to think

a High concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere linked to CO2 concentration in the room

Steadfast growth of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth affects human health. Today because of the extreme heat, people get sick more often, and spectrum of infectious diseases expands. Moreover, the global increase in temperature increases the formation of smog, which contributes to greater air pollution. However, according to the results of a study presented at the American geophysical society, the carbon dioxide should be considered as an air pollutant, is able to slowly dull our ability to think. To find work in the service of preprints .

In recent years, results of several studies have reported an Association between high levels of carbon dioxide in the room and a decrease in cognitive skills. Called higher cognitive functions of the brain, namely our ability to think, to speak, to navigate in space, etc. When in a room with poor ventilation system is a large number of people allocated them becomes concentrated. The results of the study showed that poorly ventilated classrooms at schools associated with deterioration of memory, attention and assessments of students. And in 2016, scientists from Harvard University has attracted attention after researchers found that elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the room are the reason for the decline of several cognitive functions — from decision-making to the development of complex behavioral strategies. The higher the CO2 level in the room, the worse the cognitive skills of the subjects.

does the CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere on cognitive skills?

Yes. The study did not mention climate change, but it is directly related to the previous works, including a study by experts from Harvard University. Scientists believe that the range of carbon dioxide specified in the job in 2016, is directly correlated with the increase of CO2 in the Earth. Right now the level of CO2 in the atmosphere peaked in history. According to the forecast of the International panel on climate change (IPCC), if emissions remain at the same level, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could more than double by the end of the century — from 410 ppm today, to 930 ppm by 2100.

the Ability of students to learn decreases at high concentrations of CO2 level in the room

To find out how the increase in the atmosphere affects the level of CO2 in the room, the research team relied on the work of scientists from Harvard. According to the results, when the level of CO2 in the atmosphere 930 ppm, the CO2 level in the room will be more than 1250 ppm. Similar concentrations of carbon dioxide could lead to a significant reduction in cognitive skills. So, if you do not reduce the amount of harmful emissions, by 2100 the cognitive abilities of students will decline by 25%, and their ability to solve complex problems by 50%. The mechanism underlying the decline of cognitive skills, is still not entirely clear, but researchers have linked it with , which impedes the absorption of oxygen by the brain. Concentrated carbon dioxide can reduce the pH level in the blood, which leads to a number of symptoms, including confusion.

The Good news is that this future can be prevented by reducing the amount in the atmosphere. Otherwise we run the risk of total inability to solve problems. Researchers believe that such a hidden impact of climate change on humans may affect the ability to somehow solve the problem of global warming.

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