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?
Former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt has been handed down a seven-year prison sentence in a US court, after pleading guilty to charges stemming from his role in the German carmaker's emissions-cheating scandal.
Dirty air resulted in the premature deaths of more than 500,000 people in the European Union in 2014, the European Environment Agency reports. Pollution needs to be reduced, agency heads and environmentalists agree.
After a German court ruling on air pollution in Stuttgart, routine fixes for polluting diesel cars won't help carmakers avoid driving bans. The decision has massive consequences for the industry, says DW's Henrik Böhme.
Courts are considering banning the formerly "green" fuel diesel to reduce air pollution. But experts warn that diesel vehicle bans may not be effective - not even for environmental protection.
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