A number of researchers have released a study that indicates diesel has contributed to the premature deaths of about 385,000 people worldwide in 2015.
The research was carried out by researchers from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). The non-governmental organization broadcasted about Volkswagen’s “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal in 2015.
The study, which was conducted in the US, was among several new discoveries in the “A Global Snapshot of the Air Pollution-Related Health Impacts of Transportation Sector Emissions in 2010 and 2015”.
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According to their findings, diesel fuel was singled out as the main cause of premature death globally. Stating that car diesel was responsible for about 47% of these. However, apparently, the figure increased to as high as 66% in France, Italy, India and Germany, where diesel driven autos are mostly used.
While conducting the study, the researchers looked at the outflow from diesel and non-diesel cars, trucks, buses, the shipping industry as well as agricultural and construction machinery and their impact on human health.
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The lead author of the study and an associate professor at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Susan Anenberg stated that:
“Transportation-attributable health impacts declined in the United States, European Union, and Japan as vehicle emission standards have been implemented, but these reductions have been offset by growing impacts in China, India, and other parts of the world. Unless the pace of transportation emission reductions is accelerated, these health impacts are likely to increase in the future as the population grows, ages, and becomes more urbanized,” she said.
A co-author, Joshua Miller who also called for quick action about the need to replace “high-emissions” in vehicles, stated that:
“The high public health burden of diesel vehicles in Europe underscores the need for world-class emissions standards to be accompanied by robust compliance and enforcement,”
The researchers who conducted the study also stated that their study was timid as it did not measure other harmful emissions or health issues linked to transport pollution.
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During the conduct of the study, it discovered that Milan, Turin, Stuttgart, Kiev, Cologne, Berlin and London were among the deadliest cities in the aspect of transport pollution.