Impact of Diesel Engine Exhaust Gases on Environmental Pollution and Human Health

This article reports on a review of the impact of diesel engine exhaust gases on environmental pollution and human health. The authors review the animal studies that prove the damage (primarily cardio-pulmonary diseases) caused by particulates in the atmosphere, particularly that caused by ultra-fine particles. The authors note that epidemiological studies have shown the interdependence of the increase in mortality and morbidity, especially in the elderly and persons suffering from respiratory ailments, and air saturated by particles. The authors hypothesize that the ultra-fine particles cause inflammatory reactions in the alveoli and interstitium, resulting in the increase of blood coagulation and deterioration of the condition in persons already suffering from cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary conditions. The authors conclude that targeted reductions in the emission of dust generated by the fuel combustion in engines are necessary. Generally, they conclude that the related risks related to the increased load of the pollutants in the air are small but still affect the mortality and morbidity of the overall population.

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  • Authors:
    • Mavrin, Ivan
    • Knezevic, Damir
    • Juric, Ivo
  • Publication Date: 2004


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 197-205
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  • Accession Number: 01003084
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2005 9:59PM