What is CO2 anyway?
Carbon Dioxide is a colorless and odorless gas formed burning carbon and organic compounds and by respiration. Two oxygen atoms bonded with one carbon atom which forms the chemical compound CO2. Carbon dioxide is heavier than oxygen so it will be located closer to the ground if in the same area as oxygen. Wow, very surprising right?
Now, what Carbon Dioxide is use for? Hmm….
Carbon dioxide is used for many things. But for now almost everyone knows that CO2 is present in photosynthesis. It is process when an organism converts light energy such as energy from the sun into chemical energy that then used as a fuel for the organism activity. In the plant chemical energy such as sugar, which are synthesized from CO2 and H2O ( Carbon Dioxide and Water). Then later the plants released oxygen for us to breath. In exchange we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide for the plants!
But, that isn’t the only thing that carbon dioxide is used for. It can also be used in a fire extinguisher, and to make soft drinks, such as sodas. Carbon dioxide is use in most long term refrigeration food products. Some research show that increased CO2, will speed up plant growth by 40%. In 1964, Kumar Patel create a carbon dioxide laser that is still useful today. This laser used for surgery and different kind of skin treatment.CLICK HERE FOR MORE GAS LASER!
Well, CO2 is pretty great but, there is always a bright and a dark side to everything…
Alexis Reply: I love carbon dioxide, it is essential for plants. Humans give off carbon dioxide when the exhale however large amounts can be poisonous to humans. The plants that use the carbon dioxide give of oxygen which we inhale and exhale what the plants use. Carbon dioxide is bad for us however it is good for plants. I have a garden and it was successful when I kept it watered and in suitable weather but when the weather got to hot or cold it died out. As much I love plants, I also love to live. Carbon dioxide can be a very poisonous gas if there is too much, and can lead to unhealthy ozone levels. CLICK HERE TO SMOG CITY it is an interactive website you should check it out 😉
Should we be worried about CO2 Levels?
Ariel Reply: The Earth atmospheric CO2 is 396.61 ppm, according to NOAA & Scripps. I say carbon dioxide is the number one reason why there are global warming and climate change. I hope that number would drop, but it’s predicted that number would soon reach 400 ppm.
What can I do to help?
Truc Reply: Well remember this, humans can cause a lot problems, but we also can fix it as well. You can ride, or walk to places instead of driving in a car. Do you know that cars release a lot of CO2? If you can’t do that, like me. I have a garden, that is filled with roses, wildflowers, and vegetables. In my garden I have beans, green okra, squashes, and lettuces. I love to go outside in my backyard, and breathe in some fresh air, especially in spring. I also have a compost bin, to put in some compost. I recommend it because it’s very good for my plants. For more details on how to stay green for your family, click the link below and have fun with your new clean life! 🙂
Here is a fun comic strip related to CO2