Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Go chemistry!

Were I into conspiracy theories I might think this mistake was designed to drill home the dodgy narrative that carbon DIoxide is a pollutent.

7 comments:

Barnacle Bill said...

Aye, you have to watch out for that Carbon Dioxide, its twice as dangerous as Carbon Monoxide!

Anonymous said...

can a chemist or a biologist advise if CO2 acts as a poison or kills by suffocation and doesn't CO kill by swamping the oxygen/ blood transfer?

Herman D. HugeLoad IV said...

CO2 suffocates. CO "invades".

Oxygen is absorbed by hemoglobin to form oxy-hemoglobin. That is the transport mechanism which carries oxygen to the rest of the body.

Carbon Monoxide combines preferentially with hemoglobin to form carboxy-hemoglobin (COHb) thereby restricting the amount of hemoglobin which is available to bind to Oxygen.

In sufficient quantities, a condition known as "carboxyhemoglobinemia" (or Carbon Monoxide poisoning) then exists, in which no oxygen can be transported, which leads to death.

Anonymous said...

thanks herman.d.hugeload iv for the explaination

Sam Duncan said...

Need it be pointed out that it's actually a consequence of the dodgy narrative that carbon dioxide is a pollutant?

Anonymous said...

"Pollutent"? It's not even a pollutant...

scargill brainwashed once said...

when i was a lad, working 36 hours a day down pit, we were told they both fuck ya lol