by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths
Diesel exhaust can cause cancer, World Health Organization says (LA Times). “Diesel engines power commerce and transportation around the world, but the exhaust they produce can prove deadly. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday that it now classifies diesel exhaust as a cause of cancer.”
In Jerusalem’s Old City, the city administration uses mini-tractor vehicles to provide city services (trash collection, for example) throughout the narrow alleyways of the Old City.
These industrial vehicles, designed for wide open outdoor industrial site or farm use, often have no diesel exhaust filtering or mufflers!
In the narrow streets of the Old City, the diesel tractors are left running right under our windows, and pollute the air by our small children who walk in the streets. Hundreds of thousands of tourists walk our narrow streets today. Anyone on the street is pushed to the walls when the noisy, smelly tractors roar down the street.
(Even when they do have filters or mufflers, when left running in the Old City’s narrow alleyways – a house full of diesel exhaust is the result!)
Who in Jerusalem is the major offender? The city administration. Will they do anything about it? Trying to get the bureaucrats to move is like trying to move a truck without wheels!
Is there anyone out there who can help?
Gutman Locks, Old City, Jerusalem