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O2 levels in lower atmosphere

  1. Dec 9, 2008 #1
    Are O2 levels dropping in our atmosphere? I read something a while ago that mentioned allergies are getting worse due to increasing CO2 levels in atmosphere, so I'm guessing O2 levels are dropping as well. I was in the mountains a week ago (out of a valley), and noticed how easier it is to breath probably due to increased O2 concentrations. But the difference between breathing valley air, and mountain air seems to be getting bigger.
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  3. Dec 9, 2008 #2


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    CO2 has 'only' gone up by 100ppm (0.01%) so even if it did you would have a job detecting a change of 0.01% in the amount of oxygen.
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