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Gas stoves affect the air quality inside and outside of your home as they circulate pollutants that increase the risk of asthma and other illnesses. While it may feel like air Pollution can only be outside of your home, it’s important to keep in mind our indoor air quality as well. Gas stoves can be a big culprit of harmful air quality indoors.
Cooking with gas stoves creates nitrogen dioxide and releases tiny airborne particles called PM2.5. Both of these can irritate the lungs, and nitrogen dioxide has even been linked to childhood asthma. Two million cases of new childhood asthma due to nitrogen dioxide Pollution were reported in 2019.
According to an article by Harvard Health, children living in households that have gas stoves were 42 percent more likely to have asthma, according to an analysis of observational research. Although these studies can not definitively say that the gas stove was the cause of asthma, the data also showed that the higher the level of nitrogen dioxide there was in the house, the more severe the asthma symptoms in children and adults were.
A Stanford study recently found that the emissions of nitrogen dioxide that were given off by gas burners of ovens rose above the standard set for outdoors by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) within minutes. The EPA still does not have any set standard for safe indoor levels. The study also found that all of the stoves in the 53 homes that they tested leaked methane even when they were turned off.
To help minimize your exposure to these pollutants, if you have a gas stove, it is important to open the window while cooking, use exhaust fans, and use air purifiers. While this will release pollutants into the environment and contribute to Pollution, it will be better for your health. When given the choice or when purchasing a new stove, try to avoid gas.
Air Pollution is an invisible killer and has been linked to so many diseases, including fatty liver disease, depression, and other mental health issues, and a study even found that nearly 6 million babies born prematurely in 2019 were likely linked to air pollution. Eating meat has been linked to a rise in air pollution, and factory farms are one of the biggest to blame for our dirty air. According to the WHO, an estimated 4.2 million people every year are killed from outdoor air Pollution, and 99 percent of the global population breathes air that exceeds WHO guideline limits, with low and middle-income areas disproportionately affected. Check out these eco-artists that are using their art to call attention to the massive problem of air Pollution and sign the petition to demand federal clean-up of disproportionately affected polluted areas in the United States.
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