Your surgery is warming the planet, a little

April 7, 2015 8:04 PM

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Your surgery is warming the planet, a little

"Health care in and of itself in the U.S. is one of the worst polluting industries," said anesthesiologist Jodi Sherman.

Scientists say atmospheric concentrations of common anesthetic gases like desflurane, isoflurane and sevoflurane are on the rise, and have been detected as far away as Antarctica. Relative to other gases, like nitrogen, oxygen and CO2, the levels of anesthetic gases are quite small. But even in tiny...

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