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Cancer Risk: Diesel Classed Alongside Arsenic
Diesel engine exhaust fumes can cause cancer and should be categorised alongside known hazards such as asbestos, arsenic and mustard gas, the World Health Organisation has said.
The France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - part of the World Health Organisation (WHO) - has reclassified diesel exhausts from its group 2A of probable carcinogens to its group 1 of substances that have definite links to cancer.
Christopher Portier, chairman of the IARC, said the group's conclusion "was unanimous, that diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer in humans".
He added: "Given the additional health impacts from diesel particulates, exposure to this mixture of chemicals should be reduced worldwide."
The WHO statement also said it found a positive association between diesel exposure and increased risks of bladder cancer.
The latest scientific evidence comes after a week-long meeting of independent experts who assessed the cancer-causing potential of diesel and gasoline exhausts.
IARC's director Christopher Wild said the group's conclusion "sends a strong signal that public health action is warranted".
Mr Wild added: "This emphasis is needed globally, including among the more vulnerable populations in developing countries where new technology and protective measures may otherwise take many years to be adopted."
The announcement by the WHO has caused anxiety among car and truck makers.
Sigrid de Vries, a spokeswoman for the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association, said she was surprised by the move and the industry would "have to study the findings in all their details".
She said: "These technologies have been developed to address precisely these concerns.
"The latest diesel technology is really very clean."
Diesel cars are popular in western Europe, where tax advantages have encouraged technological advances and a boom in demand.
An IARC statement said: "People are exposed not only to motor vehicle exhausts but also to exhausts from other diesel engines...(such as diesel trains and ships) and from power generators."
General Motors Co said in a statement: "We will continue with our plans to introduce new fuel-saving technologies and engines that run on alternate fuels, including diesel."
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what do you think?
Warning! Increase in fuel tax imminent.
if this was true then practically every diesel mechanic and inspector would have bladder cancer.
Why - do they drink it?
Start using chip fat immediately
no because of the smell will want us all to eat chips then we,ll all get fat and die of heart attack !!!!
WARNING, WARNING!!!!! MEDIA PANIC GENERATOR IN ACTION, WARNING, WARNING!!!!
oohh.. sounds like another reason to increase fuel and utility costs due to its detremental effect on the human body, the reasons given will be that suppliers are spending vast amount of money looking for ways to make our fuel even cleaner than it already is!!! Maybe we should start using water powered or solar cars? Or better still lets get rid of all our vehicles and rely on an overcrowded, expensive and unreliable public transport shall we??
Jan N Andy Oakley-Hills
This information that diesel is a known carcinogenic has been known for years but kept quiet as the industry has promoted diesel use. Just look at how many lorries, vans, buses, cars there are on the road now, and look at the year on year increase in all cancers, it doesn't take a genius to work it out!! As usual they think they can continue feeding us lies and b******t and get away with it!!! Profit before health is the dogma!
i AM SICK AND TIRED OF ALL THESE THINGS WE HAVE HAD FOR 10`s OF YEARS THAT NOW CAN KILL US, WHATS HER FACE FIRST STARTED IT ALL SAYING YOU CAN DIE FROM EATING EGGS, EDWINA CURRIE AND EVER SINCE WE CAN DO NOTHING WITH ANYTHING WE HAVE HAD FOR EONS THAT CAN NOW KILL US, IF WE BELIEVE ALL THIS JUNK WE WILL DIE FROM JUST LOOKING AT EACH OTHER, ITS PATHETIC. ITS ALL RUBBISH
just how do chickens get a sell by date on their eggs > they have a sell by date machine just at the back end that prints these ?
The last big issue was cancer is caused by smoking. They banned smoking in public places, buses, shops pubs offices, all indoor places where the public go. So now what, are they going to ban all transport that uses diesel, or ban people fromn going outside?
i thought the catalyst removed most of the harmfull chemicals from exhaust gases??
soon it wont be safe to do owt
Or so they would have us believe!
If there wasn't money to be made from it they wouldn't care if we all died! And what about these catalytic converters which makes a modern car 20 times cleaner than cars 25 years ago, have they suddenly become useless? The Government is scratching around, looking at ways to introduce new taxes and increase old ones, so be prepared for many more such scare stories in the future.
Dammit, I'll have to give up sucking on diesel exhausts and move onto heathier LPG instead.........scare mongering tripe.........
It's OK. Next week it be pronounced safe, and something else will be announced as cancer causing.