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“If I had a million dollars…”: The curious incident of a city, a forest, and sustainable anesthesia

  • Timur ÖzelselEmail author
  • Rakesh V. Sondekoppam
  • Vivian Ip
  • Justine Klaver-Kibria
  • Cheryl Mack
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To the Editor,

October 16th, 2018 marked the 172nd World Anesthesia Day (WAD) in commemoration of the first demonstration of ether anesthesia1—an event that is still considered one of the most significant events in medical history. The specialty of anesthesia has advanced tremendously since then, and ether has now been displaced by better inhalational anesthetics. Despite all the benefits of inhalational anesthesia, all currently used agents are potent greenhouse gases (GHG) and contribute to global warming.2 Additionally, nitrous oxide is the most potent ozone-depleting agent in the atmosphere today. Edmonton-based members of the recently founded Section for Environmental Sustainability within the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS-ES) planned to celebrate WAD by reforesting part of the Fort McMurray area with the number of trees necessary to offset one year of carbon dioxide equivalents (CDE) produced by volatile anesthetic agents used that year in the Edmonton zone.

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Editorial responsibility

This submission was handled by Dr. Hilary P. Grocott, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.

Funding

The manuscript was not funded.

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© Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology and Pain MedicineUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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