Ethanol raises ozone pollution more than petroleum

(NaturalNews) While some regard ethanol as a cleaner, safer and more environmentally friendly biofuel than gasoline, critics say its effect is as bad or even worse for nature than regular oil, as concluded in a report by Malaysia’s The Star.
New research regarding the so-called eco-friendly fuel came as a surprise to scientists when they discovered that drivers using ethanol in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was linked to more ozone in the local environment. Ozone is a major pollutant made from chemical reactions between nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds like methane and carbon monoxide, from the burning of fossil fuels, as described in a report by Responding to Climate Change.
Experts say that breathing in ozone can cause inflammation in the deep lung, affecting functionality, according to a review reported [PDF] in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine in 2008. Additionally, further data analysis discovered ozone pollution to be responsible for around 200,000 premature deaths annually…… [read more]

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