Thursday, October 20, 2005

Can We Breath Easier

According to a study in Switzerland, Diesel vehicles have quite a large impact on our environment. The Transport and Environment Association, the Swiss Lung League and the trade union Unia have called for obligatory particle filters be placed on all new diesel vehicles in Switzerland.

Why such the precaution?

Up to 4,000 deaths per year are attributed to exposure to fine particles in the air from diesel exhaust fumes in Switzerland. And the vehicles produce 40% of the polution released, ever so deadly at that. I had no idea...

What's even more shocking is that with this new filter, about 95% of the emissions are reduced using these filters in diesel engines. Why didn't someone think of this earlier? I can only scratch my head and hope most countries will have to follow suit.

Be sure to check out the article in Swiss Info as there are some interesting statistics to ponder.

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