An International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of the World Health Organisation) has said there is strong evidence that diesel fumes cause lung cancer.
The car industry has been hiding this information under a rock in a cave – perhaps in Chinhoyi – as conclusive evidence has been available for over 10 years.
Said one of our friends in the white dust-coats, Christopher Portier:
The scientific evidence was compelling and the working group’s conclusion was unanimous: diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer in humans.
It is particularly relevant to poor countries, like most African countries where trucks, generators, and farm and factory machinery routinely belch clouds of sooty smoke and fill the air with sulfurous particulates. You have that realisation when you go down-town and into the high-density areas.
The concern though is not just people who walk past a diesel exhaust but people who are constantly exposed to fumes like people at toll gates, people who work on mines.
However the car industry says any cars that were made after 2010 should have ultra-low soot emission and shouldn’t be that much of a problem.
Question is, how many post 2010 cars are there in Zimbabwe.