Sitting at home looking out of the window, thinking, what ‘tops’ I should order online. Not a lot of thinking going into it, just cost and when they’ll get here. Easy, convenient, saves me some hassle. I can always send them back if I don’t like them.
An experiment carried out in Oxford Street London in 2007 by University College London and New Jersey School of Public Health to examine the effects of car pollution on asthma sufferers. The trial lasted just two hours but revealed:
- Increased asthmatic symptoms
- Reduced lung capacity
- Inflammation of the lungs.
Why? While diesel cars/trucks etc. emit less CO2 than petrol cars they generate 100 times more particulates driving for a similar distance. Particulates ‘interfere with the respiratory system’ and 90% of these deadly dust bombs come from diesel cars.
“Our study illustrates the need to reduce pollution in order to protect people’s health.” Professor Fan Chung. www.sciencedaily.com
Nearly a decade ago and still nothing is done!!
Altogether now – Breathe In!
- Fine particulate matter is responsible for several tens of thousands of premature deaths annually in the US.
- Diesel emissions increase the severity and duration of asthma attacks.
- Diesel exhaust is especially dangerous containing nearly 40 hazardous pollutants.
Hold Your Breath!
Ultra-fine particulates – less than 2.5 microns can be absorbed into the blood and cause damage. www.ehhi.org/reports/exhaust/summary
Exhale! Quickly! Ah, fresh air.
In 2016 the myth of cleaner car emissions was exposed. Volkswagen, Mitsubishi and the rest of the robber barons were found to be hoodwinking the public to increase their profits. Now we can add the three (3) largest truck manufacturers in Europe to the unscrupulous bandits. They have been fined €3 billion by the EU for organizing a ‘cartel’ to keep prices artificially high and, agreeing to hold back engine innovation that would have reduced pollution. www.dwnews.com
Hot town summer in the city – my lungs feel so damned gritty!
Did you know that goods moved by road were three (3) times higher than rail or water combined? In 2015 there were 299,000 HGV drivers in the UK. This number is on the increase. In 2008 the figure was 320,000, so as the economy continues to improve so will the number of trucks and thus pollution. www.gov.uk
The rise of the white van man:
There were 3.6 million in UK in 2015 that equals 10% of all road traffic and an increase of 18% on 2013/2014. They travelled 4.5 billion miles in 2014, up 20%. And what’s worse their numbers are expected to double by 2040. Wow! 4.5 billion miles, that’s a truck load of shit going into the atmosphere. Don’t forget to breathe now.
A wander down the Champs Elysees, a stroll by the River Seine then melt in to a café, ah, the life of ease in a romantique environment.
And now back to our purchase of ‘tops’!
Q Whom do you buy from? The top five ranking are in billion pound sales:
Amazon – £4.4 bn
Tesco – £2.9 bn
Argos – £1.9 bn
John Lewis – £1.5 bn
Next – £1.3 bn
There’s a lot of jobs involved and a lot of savings BUT at what cost.
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