It may look like business people meeting in a conference room, deliberating on their next corporate takeover, are full of hot air. A more precise way of putting it would be to say they are exhaling carbon dioxide, which, if left unchecked in a confined space like a conference room, could potentially dull their senses, Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam says.

Beam joined Boston Public Radio Wednesday to explain this phenomenon and if carbon dioxide buildup in conference room can actually lead to poor decision making.