Diesel emissions cause cancer

June 20, 2012

The World Health Organisation says exposure to exhaust emissions from diesel engines definitely increases the possibility of tumours. The WHO has previously said diesel exhausts were ‘probably’ carcinogenic, but now a WHO body, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, says it is definitely a cause of lung and possibly of bladder tumours.

[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]The revision of WHO guidelines follows research carried out on workers exposed to high concentrations of diesel fumes, who were found to have a 40% greater chance of developing lung cancer than those exposed to normal concentrations. The agency is advising people to keep away from high concentrations, but the findings will also aid efforts to reduce sulphur in diesel fuel.