Cause and effect

There seems to have been a marked increase in global carbon dioxide emissions soon after 1942, the year I was born. I thought I saw a connection and began to feel guilty.

Two things occurred in ’42:
I was born, and CO2
Began its climb into the blue.
Is there a link between the two?

My breathing must be what’s to blame –
It’s all my fault! (This claim to fame
Will devastate the family name
And tarnish it with lasting shame.)

I’ve built up such a carbon debt
It represents a global threat.
I’ve got the answer, though – don’t fret:
I’ll just stop breathing. But not yet . . .

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