Interest - Carbon Dioxide

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    Zkillerwolfe
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    You do understand that we cannot live without Carbon Dioxide?
    lazarony
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    lazarony 30 United States CholericSanguine ESTJ 8w7 503C
    While it is a part of the photosynthesis equation, which produces oxygen as a byproduct, we don't directly need it for survival, no.
    Zkillerwolfe
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    Carbon-dioxide is not only necessary for making glucose and oxygen, it also causes "global warming". And if there was no carbon-dioxide causing such a thing, then we would be freezing to death, so I believe that it is pretty important for survival...
    lazarony
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    lazarony 30 United States CholericSanguine ESTJ 8w7 503C
    According to the ever reliable Wikipedia, the estimated contributions of different greenhouse gases list water vapor as the single largest contributor by far (estimates ranged between 36 and 72% of overall contributions to the greenhouse effect), while carbon dioxide is listed second (estimates ranged between 9% and 26% of the overall greenhouse effect). So, it certainly contributes, but I wonder what the earth's temperature would be without it?
    Zkillerwolfe
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    I do not know how high the temperature would be without carbon dioxide. But I do see another problem which would occur without carbon dioxide, what other gas would be created if we burn down glucose in our body and if carbon dioxide wouldn't be existent? I believe that you would get a few things: Water, Carbon and Carbon Mono-oxide. And that is bad, due to carbon mono-oxide being enormously unhealthy for humans...
    Supergnash
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    I'm not sure that that's "the way it works". Respiration (making energy) needs glucose and oxygen to be done. Glucose is something like C6H12O6, and oxygen is obviously O2. It makes carbon dioxide(CO2) and water (H2O), both of which you've mentioned. If we made Carbon monoxide, which (again, as you've said) is incredibly dangerous, then the equation wouldn't be fully balanced. I'm not sure that we can find carbon as just a gas, so unless we started spitting out coal, it wouldn't really work.

    Anyway, that was me in arrogant mode. Basically, I don't think we do need CO2 to survive at all, I can't even remember if it was you who said we did or not, but it's just something we do make.

    Something to consider is that plants however, do need carbon dioxide to live, and they give out oxygen, so with no carbon dioxide, global warming could possibly get even worse, or the gases in the atmosphere would get all messed up, which could be dangerous.

    And I've just spouted everything I've done in chemistry for the past month, but it was still fun. Or something.
    Seiryuu
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    The problem is that our autonomic response to breathe is not governed by the level of oxygen in our bodies, but by the level of carbon dioxide.

    If there were no CO2, where would our energy come from? There would be no ATP formed.
    Supergnash
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    If there had never been any CO2 ever, then we would probably have come up with a different way of making energy. Although if it just disappeared now for some reason, then yes, you're right ad we're all screwed.

    Still, it would be interesting to see if we could still respire. I know that breathing in pure oxygen is toxic, but what if we (somehow) trained ourselves to not need it. I'm talking about some kind of grand evolution style genetic modification, not something you can look up on wiki answers of course.
    Seiryuu
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    Well when you put it that way, there are a plethora of possibilities. All that one really needs is a molecule to form more bonds in order to release energy that cells are able to use.
    Seiryuu
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    We don't directly need it, though it is still required. Granted, there are other alternatives to creating oxygen, but this is the most wide-spread method.

    Gotta keep that ATP running.