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Oh, so it’s not diesel cars then?

UK farming causes over a quarter of cities’ particle pollution, study finds

If farming causes a quarter, and tyres and brakes some vast other proportion, then what is there left to be coming from diesels – and why are we banning them?

15 thoughts on “Oh, so it’s not diesel cars then?”

  1. They’re gleefully holding down the accelerator now, because Western populations failed the Covid shit test.

    Now they know they can lock you up, boss you around, make you wear a funny little facemask and bully you into getting mystery injections, there’s nothing stopping them* from simply starving you to death like progressives always do in the end.

    *Except Lions.

  2. If farming causes a quarter, and tyres and brakes some vast other proportion,
    They’re giving 150% of their attention to proving what causes 200% of pollution.
    See? Easy to explain.

  3. Road surfaces wear out too! Just look at the two shiny lines ahead of you when driving into a low sun.

  4. Steve

    I’d argue that hanging, shooting, electrocuting, poisoning, impaling, crucifying and so on would be equally effective.

  5. As you reduce or eliminate one cause of X, then the rermaining causes become a bigger percentage of the remainder. There is no end to y% of the problem being caused by whatever it is I want to ban next.

    If it wasn’t aainst my nature I’d be in favour of having to pass a statistics exam before being allowed to quote any numbers ever anywhere.

  6. “The study found that particle pollution from the rest of Europe also affected the UK, especially the south and east of England…”

    There’s a lot of smoke drifting over from France this morning.

  7. That’s an issue in London. Their own statistics show a significant proportion of pollution in London isn’t from London, yet the ULEZ gets imposed to save children’s lives and if we object we want to murder children. Objecting on the basis that wanting to save lives actually has to be linked to effective action. So I propose nuking countries around us. When the fallout dust settles we will have cleaner air.

  8. Tim writes: “If farming causes a quarter, and tyres and brakes some vast other proportion, …”

    I ask: does that not assume the figure for “farming pollution” totally excludes farming tyre pollution and totally excludes farming brake pollution?

    Perhaps that also is the same concern as posted by blokes from Spain and Scotland.

    Best regards

  9. This is the statistics shuffle… diesels in city were based on NOX levels; particulates were linked to health conditions, and sulphur dioxide from big boats. Basically pick the one that gives the number to make the argument you want, state it with certainty and add a reference, and leave the reader to accept as truth some complete nonsense.

    Hence, “shipping is responsible for 40% of global pollution” is both is both completely misleading and also [was briefly] technically true. We see the same trick with methane, CO2 etc.

    Which all has the effect of undermining the credibility of whoever is trying to trick us, and also whatever cause they are trying to sell. Not clever.

  10. Wasn’t it particulates from farming that were forming aerosols in the upper atmosphere and filtering out the incoming infrared causing global cooling in the 1970s and pushing us towards another ice age?

    So if farming is having such an effect, then it will cancel out the current alleged ‘unprecedented’ global warming.

    What’s on next? Acid rain to make a come-back perhaps – Oh the trees, the trees, the poor trees …. Sob!

  11. I can understand people being too stupid to understand how oil is essential to modern life. I can understand people being too ignorant to know that electricity can’t be supplied on demand using wind turbines, solar panels and really big batteries. I am struggling to believe that any more than a tiny minority are so phenomenally stupid that they think that they can abolish farming and still get to eat.

  12. @Stonyground
    That is silly, all right thinking people know that food comes from an organic supermarket, not from some dirty old farm.

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