Auto manufacturers are offering cash incentives for scrapping diesels and buying new cars that pollute less. That sounds like it should be good for the environment, but what about all the natural resources that went into making the diesels?
Germany's court system has acted where lawmakers wouldn't by allowing cities to ban diesel cars. The decision could force a change in how the country approaches its auto industry, says DW's Jens Thurau.
German diesel vehicle owners accept that diesel is on its way out. But they're enraged that politicians haven't forced emissions-cheating carmakers to retrofit existing diesel cars with proper pollution abatement kits.
Germany is among nine EU countries facing fines for breaking the law on air pollution. Environment ministers have been called to Brussels to explain their plans for tackling this — under threat of being taken to court.
Germany's top administrative court has delayed until next week a ruling whether cities can ban heavily polluting diesel cars to improve air quality. A ban would potentially hit 15 million diesel cars in Europe.
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