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Massive dumping of used vehicles in Africa worsen climate change – Study

Despite commitments to maximize the benefits and minimize the impacts of this industry, hazardous chemicals continue to be released to the environment in large quantities.

Monday July 30th, 2018

A new study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi, India has shown that 90 per cent of vehicles imported by Africans contribute to environmental pollution because they are old and used.

The center said the vehicles heighten climate change because they emit toxic pollutants calling for an urgent global intervention to stop the unregulated dumping of old vehicles to reduce health and climate risks.

The centre while revealing details of the study in a statement said: “About 80 to 90 per cent of vehicles imported to Africa are old and used. Emissions of toxic pollutants, heat-trapping greenhouse gases and black carbon are worsening public health and climate change risks.”


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