Asthma inhalers ‘as bad for the environment as eating meat’

Reserachers suggest switching to alternative, ‘greener’ inhalers would result in large carbon savings

Some of the inhalers used to treat conditions such as asthma are as bad for the environment as eating meat.

That's according to new research led by the University of Cambridge, which found metered-dose inhalers currently contribute an estimated 3.9% of the carbon footprint of the NHS and suggests switching to alternative, “greener” inhalers would result in large carbon savings.

Moving towards the alternatives would have as big an impact on the environment as reducing meat consumption or recycling, the researchers say.

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