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The study confirmed: The number of deaths caused by gas emissions is declining

Advances in technology, but also increasingly strict laws have yielded results.

So at least the latest study from Harvard shows that the number of deaths caused by harmful exhaust gases in a decade fell by almost a third.┬áThe National Academy of Sciences of the United States recently published a paper entitled ‘Health Benefits of Reducing Road Transport Emissions in the United States from 2008 to 2017’, and reported that the death toll fell from 27,700 in 2008, at 19,800 in 2017.

The study also examines what would have happened if the technology of that time had been preserved, i.e. if the cars had kept the same emission. Due to the increase in the number of vehicles, the number of deaths from exhaust gases would be 2.4 times higher. Translated, smog would take 47,520 lives in 2017.

However, even more radical measures are needed for further progress. “Despite significant progress in reducing emissions, it has the opposite effect on the population and larger vehicles. Therefore, it will be difficult to make further progress if we do not adopt stricter policies, “warns Ernani Choma, a Harvard environmental health researcher and lead author of the study, according to the Associated Press.

They believe health benefits have been achieved this way, but much more radical changes are needed in the car industry to have an overall impact on climate change.

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