The Deadly Effects of CO2 Emissions
Burning fossil fuels cause carbon dioxide to be released into the atmosphere. This is not necessarily a bad thing. After all, the plants do need carbon dioxide, which they will in turn process in order to produce breathable air for other living things. However, the extremely fast rate that people are burning fossil fuels has produced so much carbon dioxide that the plants will not be able to absorb all of the carbon dioxide in the air. This article takes a look at the consequences of too much carbon dioxide in the environment.
Health problems due to CO2 emissions
Some health concerns that can be experienced by people because of too much carbon dioxide in the air include:
- Asphyxiation. Too much carbon dioxide in the air can in turn lower the amount of oxygen, which can be highly dangerous for people, making it extremely difficult for them to breathe.
- Organ damage. An increased amount of carbon dioxide in the air can destroy the equilibrium in the system, possibly causing organ damage and even possibly causing a person to go into coma.
- Frostbite. Carbon dioxide in the air can cause effects similar to frostbite, such as blisters.
Environmental problems due to CO2 emissions
On the other hand, the environmental problems that may arise due to high CO2 emissions include:
- Global warming. The biggest impact of CO2 emissions Is global warming, wherein the high concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere prevents heat and radiation from escaping into the atmosphere. This can also contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer.
- Rising sea levels. Because the heat is unable to escape into the atmosphere, it will cause the ice caps and glaciers to melt, leading to rising sea levels, thus making several areas uninhabitable.
- Weather changes. Global warming can trigger extreme weather changes through the whole world that can damage property and lead to the deaths of many.
- Spreading of diseases. The bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that were previously unable to survive because of the climate can re-emerge because of the weather changes, infecting a lot of people and contributing to even more deaths.
Some people may believe or say otherwise, but the CO2 emissions produced today have reached a point wherein the air itself can become very dangerous for individuals and the environment. As such, be sure to do your part to minimize your carbon footprint to prevent endangering your health as well as the health of others, as well as nature itself.