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Excess Diesel Emissions Killing 38,000 Annually, Says New Report

Emissions tests fail to reflect real-world driving.

by on May.16, 2017

A new study reveals more than 38,000 people die around the world due to the pollutants that diesel engines emit into the air.

At least 38,000 people worldwide die each year because diesel vehicles routinely exceed emissions standards in real-world driving conditions, according to a new report published in the scientific journal Nature.

On average, diesel vehicles produce at least 50% more particulate soot, smog-causing oxides of nitrogen and other pollutants than would appear to be the case based on static emissions tests, the study revealed.

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“The consequences of excess diesel NOx emissions for public health are striking,” wrote Susan Anenberg of Environmental Health Analytics, one of the members of the team that conducted the new research study. (more…)