Old tyres can be completely recycled into lower emission diesel engine oil, instead of being dumped in dangerous, highly-flammable stockpiles that become breeding grounds for malaria and dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
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Paris has tried just about everything to combat its terrible smog problem. The city has launched attempts to take half the cars off its road, introduce regular car-free days and close famous streets to vehicular traffic — but Paris still has some of the worst pollution in Europe. Now a much bigger idea is going into effect: Kicking the oldest cars out of the city.
Volkswagen has set aside €6.5 billion to cover the costs of the growing scandal over cheating on emissions tests in the US. Putting a number on the cost further down line will be far harder, however, as it is a crisis which calls into question the ethical credentials of the company and the industry, as well as posing tough questions about the regulators and authorities who were duped.
Sixty per cent vehicles in Paris run on diesel, and the city is struggling to curb emissions — banning half its cars for a day, making public transport and bike shares free for a weekend, and pedestrianising large swathes of the urban grid. Now, a new proposal by Mayor Anne Hidalgo will cap the speed limit at 30km/h. For the entire city.
Do you want a hardcore sports car, but without all that petrol-drinking, planet-destroying angst? Do you want the fuel-sipping turbodiesel prestige of the Audi R18 Le Mans racer? Well, then you're looking for the Trident Iceni Magna — it's the world's fastest production diesel sports car, pushing over 300 kilometres per hour and claiming fuel consumption of as little as 2.1L/100km.
Diesel exhaust is pretty nasty stuff. Pass an overloaded 18-wheeler clouding up the highway, and that acrid plume of hydrocarbons will overpower even your best little tree air freshener. As new research lays out, that exhaust doesn't just smell bad, it messes with the scent of flowers. And that's big trouble for our already struggling bee friends.