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Critical Focus | Coming Up for Air


2022, Volume 69:3, pp. 123 – 134


Brian J. Ford

Carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere are rising faster than anytime in history, fueling record-breaking temperatures and elevated sea levels. Is our extinction imminent?

Publishing is power. Reading diverts the mind, captures the consciousness, and can exert a profound influence on how you behave. Now … relax, let your mind engage with my words, and take a deep breath as you gently inhale. You see? You did exactly as I told you. Such is the subliminal power of the written word. On second thought, it might be the overriding influence of carbon dioxide (CO2) acting powerfully on the brain as a parahormone. Although it’s something we do all the time, about once every 5 seconds, breathing is an extraordinary phenomenon.

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