CO2 Pollution Not the only Pollution from Cars

Car create other pollution, in addition to CO2 - such as tire pollution. While these dangers are known, people are only focused on CO2.

Fuel emissions claim all of the attention when people worry about the many cars on the road and the dangers to our environment.  But automobiles use and spew out much more than just CO2.  There are many other materials from daily car operations that end up as tiny particles in our air.  A number of them from metal and other component use, some quite toxic, have been understood by the manufacturers for some time.  And, much has been done over the last years to reduce these pollutants significantly, including taking out asbestos and other known dangers from brake lining and the like.   But tire wear remains a major source of pollution - one given little attention in spite of the dangers to our environment.

A Swedish study measuring emissions other than CO2 has concluded that manufacturers have reduced led and other metal emissions from brakes and related parts by 90% since the mid-1990's.  On the other hand, the study notes that other metals (copper and zinc) remain discharged into the environment at the same levels.  And, most importantly, tire wear is still a major source of pollution in urban areas.  

Not only are tires made of petroleum, but their wear causes great harm to the air.  It is time to give some serious attention to tire wear. 

Ari Socolow
Ari Socolow: Ari Socolow is the Chief Economist and Editor-in-Chief at BestCashCow. He is particularly interested in issues relating to financial literacy and bank transparency. Since co-founding this website in 2005, Ari has been frequently cited in the media as an expert on local and national savings accounts, CD products, mortgage and loan products and credit card rewards products.

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  • Anonymous

    August 02, 2007

    I;m not following you. How does tire wear impact the environment?

  • Muzzy

    August 03, 2007

    I'm also curious. HOw does tire wear create pollution?

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