TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_Scientists behind a new Lancet report reveal microscopic particles released in vehicle emissions cause tens of thousands of Britons to die too soon.
Known as particulate matter (PM), the substances “float” unseen in the atmosphere.
Particles smaller than 2.5μm (PM2.5) - 400th of a millimeter - are thought to be particularly damaging due to them getting “lodged” in the lungs.
Inhaling the microscopic particles has been linked to everything from allergies and “lung dysfunction” to heart disease and evendeath, according to a government report.
PM2.5 comes about from the burning of coal and other fossil fuels for “electricity, transport and household heating”, the scientists wrote in the 2019 Lancet Countdown on health and climate change report.
Between 2016 and 2018, carbon dioxide emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels rose by 2.6%.