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    • Home smog?

      I had no idea we should be thinking about indoor air pollution just from daily activities.

      "Cooking and cleaning are thought to be the main activities through which humans add chemicals to the indoor environment, but we also create emissions by simply existing. Exhaled breath contains carbon dioxide and also a host of organic chemicals such as isoprene, acetone, and acetaldehyde."

      And another interesting bit of info:

      "And squalene, a primary ingredient in skin oil, is extremely reactive with ozone—a fact that may explain why air travel, which exposes us to the higher ozone concentrations of the upper atmosphere, often leaves us feeling dirty."

    • Ok, this made me laugh:

      ”A move to outlaw toasters or bleach-based floor cleaners seems unlikely to succeed. ‘You can even light a candle at home!’ Marina Vance pointed out, in a tone that expressed her horror at the atmospheric implications of doing such a thing.”

      Seriously interesting and yet outside of using a vent hood I can’t see it influencing my behavior much. If we’re exuding stuff just by existing, then I’m probably just going to enjoy my stir fry. Maybe al fresco more often? 😀

    • I agree. Although if I ever remodel my kitchen I might consider a smooth top range after reading about the emissions from a gas range. I have always thought about a gas range as pretty clean burning and not too polluting. But I am re-thinking that now.

    • Another additional opinion article about gas stoves:

      According to the article the Rhodium Group estimates that emission pollution actually went up by about 3.4% last year over the previous year. Yikes.

      "Burning gas is now a bigger source of such pollution than burning coal, and nearly a third of that gas is burned in homes and commercial buildings. But despite the rising chorus of climate pledges by state and local governments, none of them has really tackled the problem of gas in buildings. In fact, gas companies are still being allowed to spend billions extending new lines, connections that will have to be capped off long before the end of their useful lives if we are to meet our climate goals."

      Can technology come to our rescue? Induction cooktops are getting more popular.

      "A change to induction cooking would make sense even if the climate were
      not a concern, because gas stoves are polluting our homes. Over the past
      decade, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that
      gas stoves throw off pollutants
      like nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide. When you are cooking, those
      invisible pollutants can easily reach levels that would be illegal
      outdoors, but the Clean Air Act does not reach inside the home."