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Effects Of Surgery On A Warming Planet: Can Anesthesia Go Green?
National Public Radio

It’s early morning in an operating theater at Providence Hospital in Portland, Ore. A middle-aged woman lies on the operating table, wrapped in blankets. Surgeons are about to cut out a cancerous growth in her stomach.

But first, anesthesiologist Brian Chesebro puts her under by placing a mask over her face.

“Now I’m breathing for her with this mask,” he says. “And I’m delivering sevoflurane to her through this breathing circuit.”