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The Harmful Effects of Carbon Monoxide to Our Health and Environment

This gas, the carbon monoxide gas, is primarily produced when there is an incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. Even if your car is well-tuned, there will always be that traffic bully that emits black smoke in the environment.

You’re in the middle of a traffic jam again. And even at 6 o’clock, your body is already stressed. At first, you cannot comprehend the symptoms, a feeling of nausea and that slight headache came on you while you are driving your vehicle on your way to work. And you wonder why, you got enough sleep the night before, you have eaten a hearty breakfast and you jog early in the morning. Well, you may not know it but in the midst of cars lay one treacherous gas that could kill human beings and other constituents in our environment, if given the chance—the carbon monoxide gas.

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You can’t see it nor feel it but it is there, forever circulating in your midst while vehicles are on the go for the morning rush. This gas, the carbon monoxide gas, is primarily produced when there is an incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. Even if your car is well-tuned up, but there will always be that traffic bully that emits black smoke in the environment. There are cases when people inside the car are asphyxiated with carbon monoxide. This gas is highly volatile and may travel in your car’s air conditioning system. The initial reaction of a person who takes in carbon monoxide in the air is headache, nausea, shortness of breath and dizziness. Oxygen is vital in our body, and a few seconds without it, our life would be endangered!

If ever you have experienced this kind of feeling while driving, you better open your windows immediately and quickly take a curb to the nearest parking lot or a less-dense area to get some oxygen. Shortness of breath is never a good sign and that we should pay attention to it. Carbon monoxide could be fatal to us. Placing indoor plants inside your car could help you fight in this situation or you may make your move by alerting the police about vehicles that emit black smoke in the environment. 

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