Laura asked in EnvironmentGlobal Warming · 2 years ago

Does burning candles for a few hours a week contribute to global warming?

14 Answers

  • 2 years ago
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    Yes, but it is inconsequential when compared to Al Gore's Global Warming activities when he flies all over attempting to promote hes view of Global Warming.

    If it did have any significant contribution then we would have had Global warming going way back, since many religions burn many candles. I would suggest that if you went back in time and snuffed out all those cndle, you would still see no change. In fact, we all saw a 'little ice age' that bottomed out about 1650 even with those candles.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Anthropogenic CO2 climate change is a lie

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    2 years ago


  • Dirac
    Lv 4
    2 years ago

    Not in any significant way, so burn your candles, but don't burn your house down.

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  • JimZ
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    The contribution of a few molecules per trillion doesn't contribute anything of substance. It is a drop in the ocean. The variables that determine climate are so much more important that they mask these sorts of "contribution" like they didn't exist.

  • 2 years ago

    Yes. So does breathing. I think the world can withstand both with no problem. Farting, OTOH . . . .

  • 2 years ago

    Interesting question... The short answer is yes. Burning anything releases CO2 which contributes to global warming. As many others have pointed out, their contribution is insignificant, negligible- like planting a single tree in your back yard. Now here is the interesting part. Burning candles for light is much less efficient than a light bulb, doubly so for an LED light. Burning a candle made from beeswax or soy releases much less net CO2 since those materials are derived from renewable sources. So we go from negligible to more negligible (If that is even proper English.)

    I like burning candles, too. I seek out those made locally from soy wax- renewable source plus minimal transportation. Burn your candles. It really doesn't make a difference. There are many other things you can do which will have a larger effect.

  • 2 years ago


    Everything you do, even breathing, changes the climate. For most of an individual's activities, the difference is not significant.

  • 2 years ago

    Yes, chemically speaking ...

    Many modern candles, particularly scented candles, are made from paraffin wax. Paraffin is derived from petroleum or coal. So many candles are fossil fuels ...

    But the amount of CO2 produced by burning a candle is insignificant compared to other sources.

  • David
    Lv 6
    2 years ago

    Since candle wicks are usually made of cotton, which is biomass, the CO2 contribution should be zero (Cotton is a plant, and plants absorb CO2 while growing -- burning it is just putting that CO2 back.)

    Of course if you want to get nerdy you can talk about the gasoline or other fossil fuels used to transport the candle to you, the CO2 involved in agriculture for the cotton, the footprint of the wax and other ingredients (e.g. metal casing), packaging, etc. -- but this gets pretty hard to quantify exactly.

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