World-first study shows increased atmospheric CO2 levels damage young lungs, in mice

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13 January 2021

Australian researchers who have conducted the first study looking at the direct health impacts of predicted carbon dioxide levels say the results are worrying and highlight the urgent need for more research into the issue.

Conducted in mice, the study found that exposure to about 900ppm of CO2, a level predicted by the end of the century, had a direct impact on both the lung function and lung structure of mice that had been living in that environment throughout pregnancy, early life, and into early adulthood.

Read the full article on the Scimex website, featuring research co-produced with The Australian National University