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Understanding CO2

CO2 isn’t just impacting the environment, but also your brain.

The population are largely unaware of the direct and negative way CO2 is impacting the cognitive and decision-making functions of humans.

Where are we talking about?

At home, in our classrooms and in our workplaces. We aren’t talking about the cause-and-effect of extraordinarily high levels of CO2 outdoors, but rather concentrations that most of us would experience in closed, poorly ventilated spaces on a day-to-day basis, when living, working and traveling respectively in our homes, classrooms, offices, planes, trains and cars. •

We are told that there’s around 405 ppm CO2 currently recorded in our atmosphere, as opposed to levels up to 2500 ppm which are commonplace in poorly ventilated spaces such as those mentioned above.

What are the effects?

High levels of CO2 can cause acute problems such as nausea, headaches and drowsiness. But of greater concern, touched on above, are reductions in decision-making performance, which significantly affects productivity, learning and safety.

What can we do?

Some factors to consider include:

  • Fresh air – allowing clean air to circulate throughout the area  via means of natural ventilation, disperses the highly concentrated CO2 particles and replaces them with fresh, breathable air
  • Bring the outdoors in – embracing the Biophilic Design trend has been proven to greatly reduce indoor carbon dioxide levels

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