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Leaded gasoline is no longer used in any country in the world, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) announced yesterday, welcoming a “major step” that will save more than 1.2 million lives each year and save more than 2 43 billion dollars 43.
“The end of a toxic era”
Close a century after the first warnings about the toxic effects of leaded gasoline, Algeria, the last country to use the fuel, ran out of stocks last month, UNEP said.
The disappearance of this fuel marks “the end of a toxic era”, underlined in a press release Thandile Chinyavanhu, in charge of the Greenpeace campaigns on climate and energy for Africa.
“This clearly shows that if we can phase out one of the most dangerous polluting fuels of the 20th century, we can eliminate absolutely all fossil fuels,” he said. -she added.
The first alert was given in 400, when dozens of workers were hospitalized and five declared dead after suffering from seizures in a refinery in New Jersey (United States).
However, until the years 1970, almost all gasoline sold in the world contained lead .
When UNEP launched its campaign in 2002, several major powers, such as the United States, China and India had already stopped using this fuel. But it had remained widely used in low-income countries.