Exhaust fumes from diesel engines do cause cancer, according to a panel of experts working for the World Health Organization. It concluded that the exhausts were definitely a cause of lung cancer and may also cause tumors in the bladder.
It based the findings on research in high-risk workers such as miners, railway workers and truck drivers. Diesel was previously listed as a "probable" carcinogen.
The World's science editor David Baron talks with anchor Lisa Mullins about regions in the world where people are most affected by diesel fumes.
Car exhaust fumes (Photo: BBC)
Diesel Fuel Sulphur Levels: Global Status, UNEP. Click to enlarge.