Delay to curbs on toxic shipping emissions 'would cause 200,000 extra premature deaths'

Delay to curbs on toxic shipping emissions 'would cause 200,000 extra premature deaths'
 

A push by the shipping and oil industries for a five-year delay to curbs on toxic sulphur emissions would cause an extra 200,000 premature deaths from lung cancer and heart disease, according to an unpublished International Maritime Organisation (IMO) study.
Fatalities from illnesses such as asthma were not covered by the leaked paper, which was based on shipping satellite data and modelling work.
The shipping industry is by far the world’s biggest emitter of sulphur with SOx levels in heavy fuel oils up to 3,500 times higher than those in current European diesel standards for vehicles. A... read more

 
7 October 2016 in Health, Views: 34
Source: Guardian
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