Diesel emissions in Europe cause 4500 premature deaths per year

Diesel emissions in Europe cause 4500 premature deaths per year”

The numbers are consistent with previous assessments of deaths due to the so-called "Dieselgate" scandal, which came to the fore when carmaker Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to cheating on vehicle emissions tests. Since then, many other carmakers have been suspected of doing the same.

The new study, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, focuses on the perils for Europe.

Emissions from diesel cars rigged to appear eco-friendly may be responsible for 5,000 air pollution deaths a year in Europe alone, according to a study published yesterday. Almost half of these deaths (about 4,750) could have been avoided if the amounts of nitrogen oxide (NOᵪ) given off by these vehicles had been the same as when they had been tested in laboratories.

Of course, the issue here is that diesel cars have proliferated, in part, because they have been found to pass emissions tests.

"Diesel cars are not only more polluting in terms of air pollutants including harmful nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, but also churn out more Carbon dioxide and cost on average €2,000 to €3,000 more than petrol", claims Transport&Environment's study.

If the diesel vehicles gave off similar amounts of NOᵪ as vehicles that use gas, about 4,000 of these nearly 5,000 premature deaths could have been avoided, the study's authors say.

The group is made up of researchers from Norway's Meteorological Institute, Austria's IIASA and the Department of Space, Earth and Environment at Chalmers University, Sweden.

"If diesel vehicle emissions were as low as petrol auto emissions, three quarters, or about 7,500, premature deaths could have been avoided, " says co-author Jens Borken-Kleefeld, Cosmos reported.

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