Decoding the ICCT report on health impacts from vehicular pollution

The first-ever comprehensive assessment of health impacts of global transport emissions has exposed the lethal health effects of vehicular fumes across major vehicle markets of the world

Published: Monday 04 March 2019

How bad is vehicular pollution? A new study by US-based International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT) has said that globally 181,000 people die prematurely because of vehicular fumes every year. Two-thirds of these deaths are concentrated in three major vehicle markets — India, Germany and Italy.

Among the 100 major urban centres assessed for transport sector-related deaths globally, New Delhi ranks sixth. This new study has been conducted by the researchers from the ICCT, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and the University of Colorado Boulder. It has linked vehicle emissions, air pollution, and epidemiological models to estimate health impacts at the global, regional, national, and local levels in 2010 and 2015.

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