An old issue on the front burner: Health and environmental impacts of gas stoves
Michael Brauer, PhD
Recent media and consumer interest has drawn attention to health and environmental impacts of gas cooking stoves. This attention has coincided with several municipalities implementing or considering bans on natural gas appliances in newly constructed buildings. This presentation will disentangle these recent developments by providing overview of the state of evidence linking gas stove use with incident asthma, discuss the role of nitrogen dioxide air pollution and its health impacts and then summarize climate impacts related to gas appliance use in residential environments.
Michael Brauer is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at The University of British Columbia and a Principal Research Scientist and Affiliate Professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, where he leads the Environmental, Occupational and Dietary Risk Factors team for the Global Burden of Disease. His research focuses on linkages between the built environment and human health, with specific interest in the global health impacts of air pollution, the relationships between multiple exposures mediated by urban form and population health, and health impacts of a changing climate. He has participated in monitoring and epidemiological studies throughout the world and served on numerous committees, including those advising the World Health Organization, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the World Heart Federation, the US National Academies, the Royal Society of Canada, the International Joint Commission and governments in North America and Asia. His contributions to environmental health have been recognized by a number of career achievement and publication awards.