Gas stoves contribute to global warming — even when they’re turned off.
That’s according to a new study conducted by researchers in California. They found that gas stoves leak methane regardless of whether they’re turned on — to the tune of 2.6 million tons a year. That’s the equivalent of greenhouse gas from 500,000 cars. “They’re constantly bleeding a little bit of methane into the atmosphere all the time,” says Stanford University’s Rob Jackson, a co-author of the study.
The methane gas leak is in addition to the 6.8 million tons of carbon dioxide that gas stoves belch into the atmosphere, according to the study. Carbon dioxide is less potent than methane, but stays in the atmosphere longer, Jackson says.
A new study has found that emissions from gas stoves in US homes have the same climate-warming impact as that of half a million gasoline-powered cars — far more than scientists have previously estimated. https://t.co/xxeN6e8XQI
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