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Killer diesel poisoning our air

An article in The Telegraph on 18 July 2013 on ‘Why is killer diesel still poisoning our air?’ refers to King’s College London scientists working in the Environmental Research Group.

Geoffrey Lean reports that air pollution is one of the country’s biggest public health problems and among the main reasons for its severity is the increasing percentage of diesel-driven cars. The ‘dramatic rise’ in the existence of cars run on diesel is due to massive campaigning against petrol-driven cars, following concern over climate change.

However, tiny particulates and nitrogen dioxide pollutants are officially calculated to kill 29,000 people a year – with diesel exhausts largely being responsible for the increase in pollution.

The article states that ‘King’s College London scientists say actual emissions from diesel engines have remained much the same since the turn of the millennium, while those from petrol ones have tumbled by 96 per cent.’

The article reports that there are ‘slight signs of change’ to reverse the diesel boom in London: ‘the European capital most polluted by nitrogen dioxide.’

The Telegraph article is available in full here.