The contribution of medical nitrous oxide to the greenhouse effect

Health Trends. 1991;23(3):119-20.


Nitrous oxide is now recognised as an important contributor to the 'greenhouse' effect. Each year the medical profession unwittingly adds a very small burden of this gas to the atmosphere. Unfortunately, the long lifetime of nitrous oxide means that all emissions into the atmosphere are significant. By making small changes in their practices, anaesthetists are well-placed to help reduce the potential environmental damage.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants / adverse effects
  • Anesthesia Department, Hospital / methods*
  • Anesthetics / adverse effects
  • Conservation of Natural Resources
  • England
  • Environmental Exposure / prevention & control*
  • Nitrous Oxide / adverse effects*
  • Social Responsibility
  • State Medicine


  • Air Pollutants
  • Anesthetics
  • Nitrous Oxide