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Anesthetics in Antarctica

Aug 18, 2015 | CORNELIA ZOGG
Inhalation anesthetics, so-called fluranes, are widely used during surgery. Just how much of these strong greenhouse gases is produced worldwide remains a mystery; industry is keeping its cards close to its chest.

For the first time, however, an Empa team has now succeeded in determining the actual quantity based on global air measurements, for instance at the Korean King Sejong research station in Antarctica.

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