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Unformatted text preview: Disposing
fossil fuels Is this what will happen if
we don’t stop releasing
CO2 to the atmosphere? In the U.S. there are many sedimentary formations that
could host CO2 disposal What happens if the CO2
disposal reservoirs leak?
Crystal Geyser, UT is a cold water
geyser driven by CO2
It is an abandoned oil well that was not
properly plugged CO2 toxicity 1% Slight increase in breathing rate.
2% Breathing rate increases to 50% above
normal level. Prolonged exposure can cause
3% Breathing increases to twice normal rate and
becomes labored. Weak narcotic effect.
Impaired hearing, headache, increase in blood
pressure and pulse rate.
4-5% Breathing increases to approximately four
times normal rate, symptoms of intoxication
become evident and slight choking may be felt.
5-10% Characteristic sharp odor noticeable.
Very labored breathing, headache, visual
impairment and ringing in the ears. Judgment
may be impaired, followed within minutes by
loss of consciousness.
50-100% Unconsciousness occurs more rapidly
above 10% level. Prolonged exposure to high
concentrations may eventually result in death
from asphyxiation. Massive CO2 release is
always a concern Eruption of CO2 Lake
Nyos, Cameroon on Aug.
21, 1986 killed 1,700
people and 3,500 livestock ...
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