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Shannon Vavra May 15, 2017
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Study: Excess diesel emissions linked to thousands of deaths

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A new study out in Nature Monday claims excess nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel vehicles were associated with approximately 38,000 premature deaths around the world in 2015.

  • The worst cases: Most of the health impacts were in China, India, and the EU.
  • The outlier: Heavy-duty vehicles were the dominant contributor to health impacts in all markets but the EU.

What to watch for: The study suggests if countries like Australia, Brazil, China and Mexico adopt the strictest current emissions standards, 104,000 premature deaths could be avoided in 2040.