Does diesel cause 9,000 fatal heart attacks a year in the UK?
Diesel emission laws in Europe will force car makers to install filters on diesel engines that should reduce particulate emissions by 80 percent starting in 2008, but it is unclear if these filters will eliminate the particulates the researchers found to be to most damaging to people. The number of diesel engines in Europe has increased dramatically in recent years as gas prices climbed upwards. In the U.K. alone, the number of diesel cars grew from 1.6 million in 1994 to over 5 million today. The researchers did not report on how or if using biodiesel would reduce dangerous emissions levels, although everyone agrees the biofuel burns cleaner than standard diesel.
[Source: News Scotsman, Thanks to Steve Brezina]
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