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It's not a myth. Pollution can lead to death. At least, that's what the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) report on fine particle pollution suggests. Titled "Estimate of Premature Deaths Associated with Fine Particle Pollution in California Using the United States Environmental Protection Agency Methodology," CARB's report finds that around 9,000 annual premature deaths in California can be associated with long-term exposure to fine particle pollution emitted by diesel-powered vehicles, eq

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Biodiesel is still in limbo here in the U.S., but even if we never return to large scale production, at least diesel vehicles can continue to get cleaner on their own. The latest example of cleaner diesel tech news comes from Finland, where Pegasor Ltd. has introduced a new, compact, continuously operating and real-time particulate matter (PM) sensor, known as PPS-M. Pegasor, which sounds like the name of really bitchin' one-legged T-Rex, says that the sensor can be installed in the engine exhau

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While diesel cars are tremendously popular in Europe, they're not without their drawbacks, especially if they're no as clean as possible. German diesel car drivers, for example, face the threat of an additional road tax of €1.2 per 0.1 liter of engine displacement if their car doesn't have an diesel particulate filter (DPF). Additionally, certain cities, such as Berlin and Hannover are going to ban diesel vehicles without DPFs from city centers. Buying a new car that has a DPF is not a viab

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The City Council of Madrid, Spain, has unveiled plans to create a low-emissions zone in the city center which would ban polluting cars. This system is very similar to the ones implemented in several German cities and differs from Milan and London's option of an urban toll (or congestion charge).

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A UK fleet operator is warning drivers that particulate traps fitted to many modern diesel engines can lead the vehicle into limp-home mode or to breaking down. The diesel particulate traps store soot, which needs to be burned off periodically. This burning off of soot, called regeneration, happens when the car is driven at a steady speed of about 50 mph for 20 minutes. I wonder if there are warning lights for when the diesel particulate trap needs to be regenerated. For the US market, where fol

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A UK fleet operator is warning drivers that particulate traps fitted to many modern diesel engines can lead the vehicle into limp-home mode or to breaking down. The diesel particulate traps store soot, which needs to be burned off periodically. This burning off of soot, called regeneration, happens when the car is driven at a steady speed of about 50 mph for 20 minutes. I wonder if there are warning lights for when the diesel particulate trap needs to be regenerated. For the US market, where fol

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Tenneco, headquartered in Lake Forrest, Illinois, was chosen by Toyota as the exclusive supplier of retrofit diesel particulate filters for original equipment service applications for the complete Toyota diesel car range. The DPF production started last month in Poland, after an accelerated six month engineering and product development process. While original equipment diesel particulate filters work in a closed loop system, with periodic regeneration to burn off the soot collected on the filter

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DaimlerChrysler has signed an agreement with exhaust filtration expert Donaldson in order to meet upcoming 2007 environmental standards set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The devices will be incorporated in Detroit Diesel and Mercedes-Benz MBE 900 engines, which are used extensively in medium-duty applications like refuse and fire trucks, school buses and delivery vans. Donaldson is responsible for the diesel oxidation catalyst and the diesel particulate filter, which will be incorpo

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