Is it greener to use gas or electricity to heat your home and cook?

By Kate Ravilious

In many countries, electric stoves still result in more carbon emissions than gas ones

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Which is the more climate-friendly option for heating and cooking: gas or electric? The answer depends on where you live. Measurements of greenhouse gas emissions taken during the Munich Oktoberfest in Germany suggest that the festival could reduce its annual carbon footprint by 87 per cent if it switched its gas-fired heaters, grills and ovens to electric. But for much of the world,  the study indicates that natural gas is currently the more climate-friendly option , because the …
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