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 and five other EU countries are facing fines for breaking the law on air pollution. The European Commission is taking them to court — which could get expensive.
As emission regulations become stronger for new vehicles in industrialized countries, cars as old as 25 years no longer able to meet emission standards are being exported to Africa. Air quality is suffering as a result.
The former Tesla employee, whom the US e-carmaker accuses of sabotage and stealing company secrets, has claimed he was sacked because he wanted to speak out about the company's flawed production and resource waste.
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.
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