Want cleaner air? Stop leaving your car engine running while you’re stopped at lights or waiting for a passenger, and demand better regulations from the government.
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Australia needs stronger policy aimed at curbing air pollution, but the options currently on the table fall short. For now, we could all aim to drive less and turn off the engine when the car is idle.
Volkswagen HQ in Wolfsburg, Germany, where it all began.
Fallout from the Volkswagen case shows how scandals can give virtuous organisations a competitive edge and help industries evolve.
Total emissions are coming down. But many people still live in cities with poor air quality.
While action on air pollution is welcome, there may be better ways to cut car emissions.
Carbon dioxide standards for cars are the cheapest way to cut emissions.
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Carbon standards for cars are the cheapest way to cut emissions, and will save drivers money.
The ACCC is taking VW to court.
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The ACCC has launched proceedings against VW for allegedly misleading consumers. But consumers won't be directly compensated from the case.
2015 was the worst financial year in the Volkswagen Group’s history.
The scandal that rocked the automotive industry is far from over.
It’s the software that controls how VW’s diesel engines perform.
Computers control much of an engine's performance these days. And it's surprisingly easy to tweak the software to bypass emissions controls, as done by Volkswagen.
Australia’s lower standards for car exhaust mean overseas car-makers can sell more-polluting cars.
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Australia is literally years behind European and US vehicle emissions standards, allowing car-makers to sell more polluting cars.
The emissions scandal has already taken its toll on Volkswagen.
It's likely that many people knew Volkswagen was cheating on emissions tests, including the engineers who built the 'defeat device'. But why did no-one at the car maker blow the whistle?
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If some good can come out of the Volkswagen scandal, it's that public will be more clued up about air pollution from cars.
The sensational confessions of the car-manufacturing giant have sent shockwaves through the industry and have wider implications for the whole corporate sector.
Stormy times for the German company.
VW has admitted that its cars were fitted with 'defeat device' software to game the emissions testing system.
Traffic is one of the major sources of pollution worldwide, particularly in Asia’s packed cities.
Outdoor air pollution causes 3.3 million premature deaths a year, mainly in Asia. And without policies to cut particulate pollution from traffic, industry and home biofuels, the deaths could double by 2050.