Higher levels of CO2 – levels commonly found indoors – appear to have substantial impact upon cognitive capability. VOCs have similar effects. This is a follow-up study to a previous study which showed the same effects.

Both are particularly interesting given that the cognitive impairment effects are seen at CO2 levels similar to the projected no-action-taken general atmospheric levels of CO2 by 2100.

Actual study here:

Associations of Cognitive Function Scores with Carbon Dioxide, Ventilation, and Volatile Organic Compound Exposures in Office Workers: A Controlled Exposure Study of Green and Conventional Office Environments
Joseph G. Allen, Piers MacNaughton, Usha Satish, Suresh Santanam, Jose Vallarino, and John D. Spengler

Article about that study here:

Exclusive: Elevated CO2 Levels Directly Affect Human Cognition, New Harvard Study Shows
Joe Romm

So the applications are obvious, of course. If you need people to be a bit more stupid than usual, and to handle crises badly, pump up the CO2 and/or VOCs. They’re both pretty invisible to the nose. But the CO2 – that’s really the handy part, because you don’t even need a generator. The levels already present are meaningful, and all you have to do is block the air-exchanger intakes to make them much worse.

The best part is, it only takes minutes to take effect! Sleeping and paralysis gasses should be so efficient.

But there are obvious concerns for your own lair, as well. NASA has already changed space station scrubbing levels for CO2. Should you be doing the same for your lair? Clearly, it’s something to consider. Evil is one thing – but stupidity? I think we can all agree – that’s unacceptable.

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