Inhalation anaesthetics and climate change

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Although the increasing abundance of CO(2) in our atmosphere is the main driver of the observed climate change, it is the cumulative effect of all forcing agents that dictate the direction and magnitude of the change, and many smaller contributors are also at play. Isoflurane, desflurane, and sevoflurane are widely used inhalation anaesthetics. Emissions of these compounds contribute to radiative forcing of climate change. To quantitatively assess the impact of the anaesthetics on the forcing of climate, detailed information on their properties of heat (infrared, IR) absorption and atmospheric lifetimes are required.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Anaesthesia
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)760-6
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010

Bibliographical note

Erratum: Inhalation anaesthetics and climate change. DOI: 10.1093/bja/aeq401

    Research areas

  • Air Pollutants, Anesthetics, Inhalation, Atmosphere, Carbon Dioxide, Global Warming, Humans, Isoflurane, Methyl Ethers, Spectrophotometry, Infrared

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