A young girl from the United Kingdom became the first person to officially have air pollution listed as a cause of death, due to a fatal asthma attack in 2013. Legal experts believe this could open the door to lawsuits by pollution victims and their families. Estimates are that between 28,000 and 36,000 people will die as a result of toxic air pollution every year in the UK.
A global regulation that was meant to substantially reduce harmful sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions from ships came into effect in January of 2020. Introduced by the International Maritime Organization, IMO 2020 intended to clean up the maritime industry has had reduced benefits due to the bigger impact to the industry from Covid-19.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently ranked air pollution as the major environmental cause of premature death. Researchers from King’s College London, Imperial College London and University of Leicester, sought to analyze the potential health and societal costs of poor mental health in relation to air quality.
Rising air pollution in Delhi has forced the authorities to issue a ban on the use of diesel generators from October 15, 2020 until further orders.
In 2019, the World Health Organization reported that India had 13 of the world's 20 most polluted cities. Although emission standards for diesel engines and generator sets was set in 2004, as recently as 2014 these standards were modified to be more stringent in an attempt to address the continued high levels of air pollution. Following these changes, the India Supreme Court began cracking down on Delhi generator pollution and frequently puts in place emergency orders to address dangerous levels of pollution.
Similar to the Clean Air Act of the 1990's national impact on diesel engine regulation and creating the eventual establishment of the regulatory tiers the industry lives with today, changes to vehicle emissions is being driven by California.
As California utilities halted service to more than 2 million people last year, lines formed at hardware stores selling portable generators and many hospitals and businesses fired up their own. The prospect of the increased emissions from untold numbers of the machines, was troubling in a state already burdened with some of the nation’s worst air quality.