Sunday, July 9, 2017

Germany's Air Pollution Crisis Lead by Automakers















Germany is fighting one of their biggest air pollution wars against diesel cars. European governments previously promoted diesel cars as they produce less carbon dioxide than petroleum cars in efforts to curb climate change. However, it has become apparent that diesel vehicles are producing toxic nitric oxides. A report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) found nitrogen dioxide responsible for nearly 70,000 premature deaths in Europe in 2013. In Germany, the EEA attributed 10,610 premature deaths to the pollutant. The World Health Organization found an estimated 90% of EU citizens are exposed to some of the most harmful atmospheric pollutants at dangerous levels.

Stephan Weil, premier of Lower Saxony and member of Volkswagen's 20-strong supervisory board, said companies should implement measures in the short-term, adding: "Diesel is here to stay." August 2nd the transportation ministry will hold is first National Diesel Forum to work with the auto industry and regional governments to cut emissions.

Read more at https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/06/27/business/27reuters-germany-emissions.html


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