Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Green Car Congress: MIT study says combustion emissions cause ~200,000 premature deaths/year in US; vehicles and power generation top sources

Researchers from MIT Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment have concluded that ground-level PM2.5 emissions from combustion sources such as industrial smokestacks, vehicle tailpipes, marine and rail operations, and commercial and residential heating throughout the United States cause about 200,000 (90% CI: 90,000--362,000) premature deaths each year, with another 10,000 (90% CI: ?1,000 to 21,000) deaths due to changes in ozone concentrations.