Diesel dangers spotted decades ago

Sunday Times, 7 June 2015:

More than thirty years ago I gave evidence to a House of Lords Select Committee on the adverse health effects of traffic pollution, using data from the US showing higher rates of lung cancer in urban areas, even amongst non-smokers. (Diesel pollution in cities raises risk of stroke, May 31)

The main culprit was small particulates from diesel engines which contain a significant number of carcinogens. Unfortunately the smaller the particulate the more dangerous they are to health, and the more difficult they are to filter out.

That is why a ban on diesel-powered vehicles in city centres is the only way that the Government can comply with the recent Supreme Court ruling on air quality.

Dr Robin Russell-Jones MA FRCP FRCPath
Former Chairman  of CLEAR ( Campaign for Lead-Free Air)
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire

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