Without a doubt, yes. There are two ways gas stoves pollute your home. The first is the most obvious: when they’re in use. Burning gas creates heat, which causes nitrogen and oxygen to bond among the flames. They combine to create nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide, collectively known as NOx, which can irritate the lungs. But that’s not the only compound to worry about. Cooking with gas can also emit carbon monoxide, particulate matter and even formaldehyde. Those all have various deleterious health impacts, and can affect the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
In my view, even if you’re not driven to reduce your carbon footprint – or you’re just seeking ways to cook pasta faster – the opportunity to have cleaner air inside your home may be a strong motivator to make the switch.
When the stove or oven clicks on, it starts by spilling out pure natural gas (which is really just methane, the world’s second-most problematic greenhouse gas). Once the burner is on, there are other pollutants accumulating in your kitchen, too, including carbon monoxide and formaldehyde...
When we fire up a gas stove, we’re releasing a powerful climate pollutant into kitchens and beyond. But a new study found that this isn’t just happening when the stove is on. Even when turned off, a typical gas stove will send methane up to the atmosphere.
Beloved by chefs and home cooks alike, gas-burning stovetops come with drawbacks for human, financial and planetary health.
There’s no question that gas stoves emit nitrous oxides. That’s linked to respiratory illness. Gas stoves also emit methane, even when stoves are off, and methane heats up the Earth’s atmosphere really fast.
The gas-burning stoves loved by cooks leak so much methane across the U.S.—most when the appliances are not even in use—that they have the same impact on our atmosphere as half a million cars, according to a Stanford University study.
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For decades, induction stoves have been used in Europe, which currently makes up over 35% of the global market. In the U.S., however, induction stoves have only just started going mainstream, with energy experts and appliance producers now touting them as an environmentally friendly alternative to natural gas stoves.
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Could the broader safety debate eventually lead to policies that make it harder or even impossible to put a gas stove in your house? Yes. But unless you’re planning a move into a newly constructed building or your local government is currently considering a ban, there is no clear and present danger to your gas stove.
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Gas stoves might be starting to flame out. In recent weeks, public discourse about one long-time beloved household appliance has become a bit messy and, frankly, silly:
Health experts have known for decades that indoor air pollution hurts children's’ lungs. Now, there are good alternatives to gas stoves.
A gas stove ban seems unlikely to happen soon, but two alarming studies show why the common kitchen fuel may still be a serious health risk.
Several studies have found that cooking with gas stoves releases nitrogen dioxide with other tiny airborne particles known as PM2.5—30 times smaller than the width of a human hair—both of which are lung irritants and have been linked with childhood asthma.
Gas stoves have been in the news as the Consumer Product Safety Commission researches emissions and health effects. NPR Climate Desk's Jeff Brady sorts the misinformation from the facts.
They release a slew of pollutants that aren’t great for kids—but there’s a simple way to improve the situation.
New studies show just how harmful to health they can be, but there are good alternatives to the open flame.