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100,000 Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda cars in Australia are affected by the company's 'cheat software', the dual-mode switch that detected emissions testing conditions and changed vehicles' performance to create lower emissions. Two open class action lawsuits are underway, and a Federal Court judge has ordered the manufacturer to explain on the stand exactly why the software was installed.

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has started proceedings in the Federal Court against Audi, and its owner, Volkswagen.

The ACCC says that Audi "engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct", making "false or misleading representations" and "engaged in conduct liable to mislead the public" in relation to diesel vehicle emission claims, and that Volkswagen knew all about it.

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Diesel powered vehicles are hitting Australian roads at a rate more than double their petrol counterparts, but while more drivers may be seeing a reduction in fuel costs, medical experts are warning that health concerns surrounding the fuel will lead to significant health costs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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It may shock you that a lot of the stuff we buy is made in China. In order to keep up with the mammoth demand for Snuggies, Shake Weights and other trappings of modern society, the Emma Mærsk makes the trip in four fewer days than the average container ship on a China-to-California run.

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We've seen plenty of concepts designed to lessen the physical burden of being a member of the military-Marines using portable renewable power stations, clothing that charges radios and GPS devices. But there's not much being done to address drinking water, one of the heaviest yet most critical battlefield necessities. Now the Oak Ridge National Laboratory might have a solution that can help lessen the weight of water.