Jump to content


SEARCH

0

World Health Organisation classify diesel emissions as carcinogen

By FaezClutchless on 21 Jun 2012

Attached Image

Most would know that diesel engine exhaust emissions are more dirty compared to petrol engines. Even though diesel engines have gotten progressively cleaner in recent years due to strict emissions standards, the World Health Organisation has announced recently that they have uncovered sufficient evidence to link diesel fumes with cases of cancer in human beings.

Attached Image

The World Health Organisation which operates under the United Nations says that diesel fumes are a known cause for lung cancer and can increase the risks of bladder cancer. Carcinogen is the term used for describing any substance that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer.

As mentioned above, diesel engines are progressively getting cleaner. This is largely attributed to the usage of particulate filters, of more precise direct-injection technologies and also to the widespread use of ultra-low-sulphur diesel in some countries such as the United States.

But this is not the case in many developing countries. There are still a lot of vehicles, mostly commercial vehicles, in those countries that use old fashioned diesel engines that use pre-chamber type indirect injection. To complicate the matter, the World Health Organization estimates that these vehicles will take a very long time to be replaced with cleaner ones.

Chairman of the working group, Dr. Christopher Portier, explained that the scientific find was rather compelling and the groupís decision was unified; and that diesel engines emissions causes lung cancer in human beings. Portier also mentioned that exposure to this should be reduced worldwide.

The World Health Organizationís working group also looked at exhaust fumes emitted by petrol burning engines but they decided that they were only possibly carcinogenic to humans. This rating hasnít changed since 1989, when petrol exhaust fumes were last evaluated

other news, europe, switzerland and 12 more...

Viewed: 954 times

Related Blog Posts
FaezClutchless
Written by FaezClutchless
Some say that his blood is actually RON98 petrol and some say that his right foot weighs over 20kg. But all that we know about Faez is that he loves to drive and is a JDM enthusiast.



 
Car Makes

Please select a car make

Facebook Likes
   Featured Blog Post
Photo
Driving an old car with almost no modern features in it? Or just love adding new accessories for...
POPULAR BLOG POSTS
Photo
Subaru Techica International (STI) has sprinkled some magic on the base WRX. Thanks to the lesson...
Photo
A journalist in Taiwan is said to have crashed a Honda NSX during a test drive. The driver blames...
Photo
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso claims that current regulations have taken out all the fu...
Photo
The all new Honda Freed has gone on sale in Japan and comes with hybrid and normal petrol variant...
Photo
Volkswagen's chief executive Matthias Muller believes that for the next 20 years, traditional...
   Lifestyle Articles