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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.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftBritish Journal of Anaesthesia
Vol/bind105
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)760-6
Antal sider7
ISSN0007-0912
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 1 dec. 2010

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