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Quiz - taking our breath away

Updated on December 26, 2014

Where to For Air?

So many take the air we breathe for granted. Lungs automatically draw in air, they get their fill, the cells get rejunenated with oxygen and we go on our merry way? Right! WRONG!

The air we breathe is foul and becoming more so daily. The massive thunderstorms and floods hitting the southeast of Australia are not helping. So what happens when our breathe is taken away? Do we carry gasmasks? This lens deals with why we have to breathe and why it is becoming harder.

During a heat wave in Canberra, Australia, recently let me tell you it was hard to breath. Checking with people in Sydney and elsewhere they reported the same problem. You get the feeling that there is simply not enough oxygen and the body is suffering

That is why I decided to have a closer look and do this lens,

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Composition of Air

It is time to examine this question in relation to what we are breathing in.

The nornmal composition of air is in percentage units:

Oxygen 20.95

Nitrogen 78.09

Carbon Dioxide 0.03

Hydrogen 0.00005

Argon 0.933

Neon 0.0018

Helium 0.0005

Krypton 0.0001

Xenon 9 10-6

Now what happens if and when the oxygen levels drop and carbon levels increase? So I ran this question through the SE and this site came up,

"According to a study conducted by scientists from the Scripps Institute there is less oxygen in the atmosphere today than there used to be.

We are losing three oxygen molecules in our atmosphere for each carbon dioxide molecule that is produced when we burn fossil fuels. Studies of ice cores and recent data from direct atmospheric sampling have shown that there has been a 30% increase in carbon dioxide since the beginning of the industrial age"

Read more:

Experiments with Oxygen

Are We Destroying the Atmosphere?

Are Depleting the Air of Oxygen?

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Carbon Pollution
Carbon Pollution

Scientific Observation of Carbon in the Atmosphere

When fossil material burns there is smoke, which consists mostly of carbon.

It combines with oxygen in the air to form CO2, which is a dangerous gas for animals. For every carbon atom there are 2 oxygen atoms required to form the gas. That depletes the atmosphere of oxygen for that reason. Fossil material is anything that was once alive, e.g. trees, plants and animals. Long buried ancient forests are largely the source of oil and gas

Scientists are at odds to explain whether this is bringing about global warming and climate change. Some believe that a layer of CO2 surrounding the earth is keeping the heat in and consequently warming occurs. Others believe that a layer of carbon, such as that emitted from aircraft, is shading the earth from the sun and will cause global cooling. It is hard to get a concensus, therefore, as we all have different opinions on the matter.

This is a snippet from one paper on the subject: "During the past 50 years, atmospheric CO2 has increased by 22%. Much of that CO2 increase is attributable to the 6-fold increase in human use of hydrocarbon energy. Figures 2, 3, 11, 12, and 13 show, however, that human use of hydrocarbons has not caused the observed increases in temperature." (ttp://}

Does this affect you?

Are you worried about global warming?

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Rising Sea Levels

All animals will be greatly affected by climate change and global warming, Even the birds who depend on nectar for life

Many island nations are already feeling the effects of oceans rising in volume, even Japan is now sinking on the east coast following its latest earthquake. High tides are inundating farm land and swallowing homes in many locations globally and melting ice is causing increased global warming,

Animals are facing extinction, such as the polar bear, because of ice melt while other animals are unable to breed properly because of increased temperature. It has also had an effect on the bees who are fighting changing patterns of flowering among plants, now coming out earlier and dying off before the bees have built up their numbers enough to harvest the nectar,

Other insects are thriving which are dangerous to normal food productions, such as locusts whose arrival can devastate crops before they can be harvested,

Agriculture is also struggling against desertification and salt rise on once fertile land, It's not looking good for the future of human life.

Global Warming

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Please leave a comment about this quiz and how you went with it.

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      shana273 4 years ago

      I love these quizzes. Great lens - it has given me a lot to think about.

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      Ahdilarum 5 years ago

      welldone. quiz with awareness

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I love quizzes. Bring on some more.


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      maryLuu 5 years ago

      I love quizzes. I am feeling like I am back in school!

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      I didn't do bad on the quizzes, i'm just so glad that you brought this information to the public. I hope everyone finds this lens!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I came back to refresh the blessing on this lens. For some reason it did not "stick."

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      I really enjoy taking your quizzes, they are so informative and interesting!

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      your lenses are very informative

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      supersiva 5 years ago

      Enjoyed reading this lens and got to know more about unknown things

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      Oxygen is one thing we all can't live without. Thank you for this educational lens and for the quiz.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      An excellent quiz. Very thought-provoking! I'll be returning to your quizzes again soon.

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      Kara Hara 5 years ago

      Fun quizzes

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I did pretty well, thank you for reinforcing us taking care of the air that we need to breathe, hadn't thought of it as taking our breath away, well said and done!

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      laurenrich 5 years ago

      This was an excellent lens. I enjoyed completing the quiz. Thanks.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      This was a thought provoking and educational lens. Brilliant. Blessings.

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      Ladyeaglefeather 5 years ago

      great quizzes, thanks

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      WilliamPower 5 years ago

      Good quiz.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Enjoyed the quizzes! Thanks.

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      dannystaple 5 years ago

      London did have major air pollution problems - and on some of the very busy roads it is still pretty bad, but we have increasingly tight emissions control. The air quality here is definitely improving. With oxygen - beware - 100% pure oxygen would probably be toxic. All things in balance. The most suitable air for humans is that which we were adapted for, not super oxygenated, or over carbonated. I had no idea that oxygen is magnetic. The o2 experiments video is brilliant. It is a a shame that some of those videos didn't work any more.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      That was informative, thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens,loved it!

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      Good information and quiz questions.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great use to highlight the issues and educate.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Depressing, but important

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I missed two questions. Great quiz to increase awareness and knowledge.

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      I scored well, around 80%. A simple and well presented quiz to draw our attention to the harmful impact we are having on the environment.