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What If The Carbon On Earth Doubled?

What If The Carbon On Earth Doubled?

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 14, 2019


Ehhh. Alright everyone. It’s probably time to get a little bit serious
with this one. Have you guys noticed how hot it’s been
recently? Like, really–really hot. In fact, July has been the hottest month ever
recorded. Yeah. Let that sink in. In the entirety of modern human history, the
last month that passed was the hottest. Ever. And if that’s not enough for you, the month
before that–June–was also the hottest month ever recorded, before July swiftly came and
clinched the title. What’s August got on the cards, eh? And, not only that, but in the same month–Greenland,
one of the most important ice-sheets in maintaining the delicate ecosystem of our planet–lost
12.5 billion tons of ice, in a single day. Yeah. Don’t expect any hypotheticals in this one. Let’s take a look. Hello internet, what’s going on–and once
again, welcome back to the most inquisitive channel on YouTube–Life’s Biggest Questions. As per usual, I’ll be your disembodied floating
voice Jack Finch–as today, we curiously ask the question–What If The Carbon On Earth
Doubled? Roll the clip. (0:52 – 1:02 — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hFxG-8I0Go) For the curious amongst you, that clip was
from 2006’s An Inconvenient Truth, hosted by Al Gore–a documentary that drew some scathing
criticism at the time by those that would argue against its scientific evidence. Which–Eh–that’s a matter for a completely
different video. Hey, put it this way. In some respects, the warning *signs*–not
the results–laid out in that documentary aren’t exactly as on the money as that film
would paint it. Because, in another sense–they are far, far
worse. The term canary in the mineshaft comes to
mind–but that’s by the by–because now that canary is on fire. In this particular Life’s Biggest Question,
we’re going to attempt to outline how our planet will look if the carbon dioxide on
Earth doubled. Hold onto your hats–and you might want to
bring some sunscreen–because it’s already on its way. Currently, as of today, the atmospheric carbon
dioxide levels on Earth are 413.93 parts per million. Now, whilst without context that doesn’t
exactly mean anything–when we look at the grand scale of things, the reality of the
matter is staggering. And to do that, we need to scale the timeline
back a bit–all the way to 1750, the baseline that the International Panel on Climate Change
uses to illustrate the severity of the matter. You see, 1750 was an important year, because
it illustrates our pre-industrial civilization–before Britain kicked off the First Industrial Revolution,
and the rest–as they say, is history. Now, the study of Earth’s past climate history,
before human influence became significant enough to show up–helps us understand how
different parts of the environmental system change over short and long term scales. A common argument to this is that our planet
has undertaken a repeating cycle of warming and cooling–culminating in Ice Age periods. Which it has. There is scientific evidence to corroborate
that fact–and the circular nature of our atmospheric makeup is a given. No one disputes that. But the failure comes when we don’t apply
the bigger picture to the scale. The scale–is very–important, because the
scale is where we humans come into play. And interestingly enough, researchers have
overwhelmingly found that the warming from human activity that has occurred since 1750
is as strong as the 3 degree warming increase that drove the entire planet out of the last
glacial maximum, and then into the comfortable warmth of the Holocene that we still enjoy
today. For now, anyway. From that point we know that the level of
atmospheric CO2 has ranged from between 172 and 300 parts per million–for the past 1
million years. The fact that our current carbon levels are
413.93 PPM–yeah. That’s the point of this video. Carbon is on it’s way to doubling. But let’s scale it to an even finer point–and
take a look at the short burst in history that followed the industrial revolution. The first time that atmospheric CO2 exceeded
300 parts per million, was roughly around the time that the Titanic Sank in the North
Atlantic Ocean. 1912. Ish. Modern Civilization was in full swing. And then, roughly 100 years later–in 2013,
the first PPM that exceeded 400 was recorded. And then, just four years later–the first
ever carbon dioxide reading above 410 PPM was shortly followed. And now–consistently, and continuously–it’s
above that–and it increases to rise. Put it this way, a study in 2011 found that
since 1970–the Earth’s heat content had risen at a rate of 6 times 10 to the power
of 21 Joules per year. Whilst that is an absolutely gigantic number,
you can also put it this way. That is about the equivalent of taking the
energy output of around 190 thousand nuclear power plants and dumping it into the ocean–every
single year. If you can’t tell already, that’s not
just bad news–that’s terrifying news. So what does a planet that has passed the
point of no return look like? Well, the major model of argument that opposed
the warning signs of climate change–have consistently boiled it down to a term known
as climate sensitivity. The reality of the matter is, whilst climatologists
have been trying to pin that fateful equation down since the late 1800s, we never really
knew what the full extent of it was–or what it could be, down to the fact that our Earth’s
climate has a pretty specific disposition to how carbon affects it. Like any science, it relies on the specifics–and
part of the process is pinning down definitive evidence. But let’s zone it back to that magic number–410
PPM, or today’s more specific number, 413.93 PPM. The last time that CO2 levels were this high,
global surface temperatures were 6 degrees higher, oceans were 100 feet higher–and modern
humans didn’t even exist. There was also much more absorptive flora
for our planet to sink most of the carbon–but that’s by the by, we already know the devastating
effects of deforestation. But let’s see what we’ll be dealing with
if the rising PPM maintains its course–which it will without radical intervention from
our civilization–and hits its 500 PPM milestone in 2050. The current figure is that a temperature increase
of 1.5 degrees is the most likely scenario–but as that increases, the repercussions become
more and more dangerous. With even just a two degree change of global
warming–the results would be devastating for the planet–and at that change, our Arctic
would be entirely ice-free. No more ice in the Arctic. Good job guys. And the result of that–would be over a meter
of sea level rise–which is enough to fully submerge the Marshall Islands and many others–whilst
leaving the tropical regions of the planet deadly for anyone working outdoors, or those
that work in downtown areas. Most of India’s and Central America’s
burgeoning metropolises would be unsafe to reside in. Deadly heat waves would plague North Africa,
Central America, Southeast Asia and the Southeast US–as well as Europe, which we’re already
witnessing this year. Parts of France and Germany were 46 degrees
last month, an unprecedented historical temperature. These increasing heat waves will lead to devastation
for agriculture–with a predicted decrease in the yields of wheat, rice and corn by over
20%. And then–food shortages, combined with extreme
weather systems, could potentially trigger the migration of tens of millions of humans–leaving
many regions of the planet completely ungovernable. We’re setting up the wood–and the tinder
is lit. Forest Fires are raging throughout Siberia–the
permafrost is thawing considerably, the sea levels are rising–and our oceans are increasingly
experiencing irreparable acidification. That’s the bad news. But is there any good news? Well, despite the severity of the situation–there
is always hope. What it will take though, is our civilization
facing a series of hard truths–but the cost of ignoring those truths–are the lives of
tens of millions of human beings. Our entire fossil-fuel economy has to be considerably
transformed in a very short amount of time–completely cutting all ties with our economies relationship
with oil, and instead investing our abundance of resources into green, sustainable energy. It’s a difficult thing to do–and it won’t
come without considerable challenge–but it is the only course of action. Carbon emissions are killing the Earth’s
atmosphere, and countries such as China and the US–alongside emerging economies in India
and Africa, as well as the whole of Europe–need to radically change. Our entire civilization–needs to radically
change. There is no time for climate denying or climate
delaying politicians. Our only role is to vote them out–and instead,
put in place a system of people and politicians that can lead toward successfully steering
our civilization in the right direction. In 1939–the World went to War with Hitler
and Nazi Germany, following the invasion of Poland–and subsequently, an entire planet
united itself in opposing facism and the ideals of evil. Entire generations of men and women bravely
sacrificed their lives to ensure the safety of their children and future generations. They refused to be bystanders in the course
of history. Now–we face another sacrifice–not dissimilar
in any way–but no less dangerous. The stakes are too high. The price we will pay is irreversible. Carbon is on the rise–this is no longer a
hypothetical. Well. There we have it. Our very long and very severe answer to the
question. What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts down in the comment
section below, as well as any intriguing insights of your own. Before we depart from today’s video, if
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100 Comments found

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What if we could travel faster than the speed of light

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And we're all gonna die because mr donald trump is to stuck up in golf

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What if the events of The Great God Pan were real?

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What if astronomers found the ruins of Carcosa?

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What if monster girls from the monster girl encyclopedia series was real?

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YoIronFistBro

The expected increase if nothing is done is 3 degrees, not 1.5

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What if Stands from JoJo's bizarre adventure were real?

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What if guns got banned in the US?

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Cool Blur123

The sad and funny part is that people just won’t do anything about it

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What if a t-rex fought a mammoth?

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Avery The Cuban-American

What if Greenland was independent

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Kim Jong-un

What if the Spanish Empire was revived

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Wavy Gem

What if every Chemical doubled

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Lance Jones

Birds increase in size and harambes to raid area 51😂

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Wyatt person55

What if half of carbon disappeared

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MarioMadness

Too be fair we've only been recording the weather since 1870…. So to say its been the hottest EVER is pretty dramatic…. 140+ year period is pretty small for the billions of years we've been around

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spiritusmundi70

The good news is… Surfs up dudes.

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Renny Fox

i have an existential crisis now thx

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Saher Odeh

If you’re here to watch a what if video, jokes on you, this is real life. 🤣😅

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What if the Hoover dam fails

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Carter 117

What if the Hoover dam fails

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"What If My Middle Fingers Quadrupled"

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Plants: Stonks

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Yeah come over here to Houston Texas were toasting.

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WhaT iF We cOUld FusE LIke frOm STeVeN UnIvErSe!!!!!!!!

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Ashley Texeira

Nothing is
Going to get done were done nd its defense before 2050

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Colton Smiley

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Boing //Sponge bob Fan

What If the Moon Dissapeared: We Die
What if the Sun disappeared: We die
What if a Black hole enters our solar system: we die

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Calvin Tucker

How is nobody terrified about this?

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Unbaked Neptune

What if the call of duty servers went down permanently

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Stokey Junior

What if the Future Predator was real? (Primeval)

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ya5u.mid

we should just send this to every major fossil fuel based production company on twitter and see what happens

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Milesjames136 01

Isn’t it true that if the carbon gets to 1.6% it will kill us

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Eldergod Bunny

What if we had a fresh Earth to work with?

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FIRE DJ DOUS

What if all water doubles

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mastertank63

Wow. Several years ago I remember reading something in a book saying something about how the temperature raises by 0.1 degrees per century.

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Margie Burke

Heck yeah tell it like it is Jack,love listening to you and Danny you are my guys😘 haha oh no

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Hei Darkfire

Once again, you guys didn't really answer the question of the video. You just put a theoretical number that was NOT double what it is now.

Well anyway… Good luck convincing enough people to do something about this. But also… I do remember reading that human emissions of carbon are insignificant. I remember reading once that one volcanic eruption ejects more carbon into the atmosphere than any carbon emissions we make through fossil fuels. I remember someone explaining that the new carbon isn't increasing so much because of us, it's because of the thawing permafrost layer that is releasing carbon dioxide as it thaws.

I don't expect anyone to take my word for this, I don't remember where I read that, but that was what I read. I'm not trying to start an argument or anything, I just feel like not all the facts are being presented.

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Volthreign

There will be lots of cabron in the future

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Elijah Price

What If Gigantopithecus or maybe Australopithecus Didn't Go Extinct.Please

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Shaun M

more diamonds

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Malcolm Plays

The narrator is losing his breath XD

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Jose Gzz

What if we we planted alot of trees?

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Joshua Shaffer

Leftist, leftist everywhere.

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Zhero Zhero

Then suffering will be forever vanquished from this earth.

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Adam Iverson

This is not a matter of if, it's when. It's gonna happen, sooner or later.

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What if…I could quit my job tomorrow??

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Me: what if we don't die in a every video you guys make

lifesbiggestquestions: HA! Nope

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What if cockroaches were life size

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What if Australia became a world superpower?

attempt #8

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Earth:Stop destroying me

Diva that is spraying hair spray everywhere in an airplane that is being melted: _(o_o)_/………….ok

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What if everyone on Earth could work as one?

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What if water was wet ?

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Lifesbiggestquestions: What if there was no space at all what will it be without space or anything or where did space come from?

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What if the fart covered the world?

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What if a few people got stuck in SCP-3001?

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Valzalel

So what if the carbon on earth doubled?

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GM Win18

Hope this doesn't happen when I'm still alive

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Autobot BladeWing

Is "What If The Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide On Earth Doubled?" really not that catchy?

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Interracial Suspect

They’ll still tell you school’s important 😂

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BE Amazing

First of all June was on average below average and July was a degree above average. In that same month 3 meter thick firstyear ice was found in Norway in July. Those heatwaves were WAY worse in the 40's. You guys in Europe had legit 2-4 days of heat, in the 30's-40's they had weeks. Plus they also found the Arctic Ice was much more south than normal. Type "Hidden' NOAA Temperatures" and you'll see lol. Plus 80-90% of the heat caused by the Green House Effect is made possible by Water Vapor. Sooooo……

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Cereal Box

The global temperature has only increased 0.9° since the industrial revolution

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Kevin Lane

This could help: https://inhabitat.com/incredible-urban-algae-canopy-produces-the-oxygen-equivalent-of-four-hectares-of-woodland-every-day/

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What if we created an artificial planet?

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Dylan Elliott

Grand solar minimum is happening GLOBAL COOLING NOT GLOBAL WARMING PLANET EARTH IS COOLING YOU WILL SEE it IN 2021

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the music changed

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Soon

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Just stop wasting everyone’s time by trying to make the video over 10 minutes, I’d rather you just out on a black screen for the last 5 minutes tbh.

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what if plague inc was real?

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Maybe where you from but it was winter here during theses months

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But Trump say it’s a hoax.

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It’s too late. We got too used to it and were too comfortable with it. And Republicans are too focused on convincing people that it is a myth I Order to save oil companies profits

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C4

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What if we orbited UY Scuti instead of the Sun. Basically what if all the planets were in the same place as they are but you just took out the Sun and put UY Scuti instead. Which planets will be engulfed inside the giant that is UY Scuti. How will the conditions change on the surviving planets? Will Earth be Engulfed? If not, how will Earth change?

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Biomes" * exist *
God: Don't touch that!
Humans: * touch it when he turns around *
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Alex

"We vote them out and put in people who will input radical change"

This guy knows NOTHING about history. No surprise tho.

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We’re all gonna die:(

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Hot girl summer

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What if the purge was world wide

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What if everybody instantly stopped burning fossil fuels and switched to renewable energy instead?

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To be honest we've had a good run it's time to let go

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What if every extinct animal was deextinct

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What if Cyberdyne Systems was real?

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Why is there light on earth but nun in space?

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What if the cookie crumbled?

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what if people could fuse like in steven univese answer pls

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TH3 R3AL ON3

What if we just trusted god to make the right decision and enjoyed the life we have while we have it instead of asking what would happen if we didn’t

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Caleb

but you can cut the co2 100% because co2 is the building block of life geting rid of co2 completly would kill us

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What if dragon Ball z was real???

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What if there was a real city under us?

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Dash

Nothing would happen at all. CO2 was already five times higher in the past – in Eocene more precisely, and the life thrived thanks to that back then. Problem isn’t the global warming (if it happens at all), and also we don’t know certainly if the excessive CO2 causes warming, or if warming causes the excessive CO2. Problem is the pollution, which makes us sick, and the risk of floods in the coastal cities caused by the warming, which is both problem only for humankind, not for nature. Nature is much more powerful than us, she was there before us and she will be there long after we all go extinct, we can’t by any means be a real threat to her. The volcanoes yearly emit 1000x more CO2 to the atmosphere than we do, we’re small and insignificant. The nature doesn’t need your help, so stop worrying and enjoy your life.

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Sneaky Ninja

What if the polar ice caps melted

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What if the Goa'uld attacked Earth today?

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Liam Mitchell

NO MORE OXYGEN PLEASE 25% OR 26% WILL DO ME AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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