Latest air pollution finding shouldn’t surprise anyone…


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A smoggy day in London town…

❝ The hearts of people who live in polluted areas are weaker than those who regularly breathe cleaner air, according to a new study which adds to the growing volume of evidence that fossil fuels are killing us.

The researchers said they found evidence of harmful effects even when levels of pollution associated with diesel vehicles were less than half the safety limit set by the European Union…

❝ According to a UK government estimate, about 40,000 people die prematurely because of the air they breathe…

❝ The process by which air pollution harms the body has been poorly understood. Until recently it was not known if fine particles could pass through the lungs into the bloodstream.

However, a study in which volunteers inhaled gold nanoparticles showed it was possible for this to happen with gold showing up in their blood and urine 15 minutes after they had breathed it in. The particles were still there up to three months later.

…Shouldn’t surprise anyone, that is, except heartless conservatives!

Electric Supercar sets fastest production car lap record at Nurburgring

❝ You’re probably tired of hearing about the Nurburgring Nordschleife at the moment. Hot hatches have been battling relentlessly for the front-drive lap record, and Mercedes now owns the rear-wheel drive record. One intrepid soul even did a lap on two wheels. But these records all pale in comparison to the time laid down by Chinese newcomer NIO. The company has claimed a blistering new lap record at the Nordschleife with its EP9 supercar.

All the records mentioned in the intro are class-specific. The Honda Civic Type-R is the fastest front-wheel drive car to lap the North Loop, and the AMG GT R is the quickest rear-driver. But the NIO EP9 clocked a 6:45.900 lap, topping the Radical SR8LM by 2.1 seconds and Lamborghini’s Huracan Performante by 6 seconds to become the outright fastest production car around the Nurburgring.

Here’s the rest of the article from newatlas.com. But, here’s the home site for NIO – which features gorgeous photography of the EP9 and even their soon-to-be-on-the-roads of China 7 passenger SUV.

The EP9 is definitely the more expensive of the two. $1.48 million. 1300+ DC electric horsepower.