By Nukaaka Tobiassen and Yulia Morozova
Not only air pollutants increase the number of premature deaths in Europe, but also the EU economy suffers from the consequences of the air pollution. Therefore, according to a Danish politician and member of the Parliament Christel Schaldemose, by banning diesel and other polluting fuels the EU could improve the health and the economy on an international, national and individual levels.
Consider your choices and lifestyle
First of all, it is known that diesel is one of the most damaging air pollutants that exists in the world. That is why, according to Christel Schaldemose, the economy of the EU will gain from banning cars on gasoline and diesel. By developing new ecofriendly technologies such as electric cars it will have a positive impact on the economy as well as the health of citizens. It will also get lower cost on health sector. Secondly, if citizen buys a car consuming polluting fuel, it will officially be a private property. In that way, the individual citizen can avoid using polluting fuel by rethinking what kind of car he or she will buy.
— They also can save the environment by taking the public transportation instead of buying a car, says Christel.
In addition, shipping and airplane industries can be as harmful for the environment as diesel pollutants. So, EU citizens could be more conscious about the future of the environment and rethink which kind of plane they would take to go on their holidays.
Harmful consequences for the human health
Air pollutants are known as one of the major emitters in the world for the human body. In general, there are different long- and short-term health effects, which according to report of the European Environment Agency are heart diseases and strokes — one of the main reasons for premature deaths. The following consequences with 80% of cases are lung diseases and lung cancer.
—By breathing polluted air we have a huge chance to get a lot of diseases: from the most serious, such as heart, brain and kidney illnesses, to less harmful such as asthma and coughs – points out Professor Torben Sigsgaard from the Department of Public Health – Section for Environment, Occupation and Health, who has done a research about the environmental impacts on health from air pollution and pollen.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has investigated that not only adults can get serious consequences of the pollutants, but it also can damage embryo, new-born and children. It also can influence woman’s fertility in general.
The infographic below shows number of premature deaths in the EU member states in 2014.