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VW emissions scandal: academics reveal findings of UK’s first study of diesel engine emissions

A team at The University of Manchester is testing a diesel Volkswagen engine to try to get an accurate picture of how polluting it actually is.

VW emissions rigging scandal: Volkswagen warned of risk of fines in February

Volkswagen was among companies warned in February they could risk fines for failing to meet stringent emissions targets, writes James Hulse, head of investor initiatives at CDP.

VW emissions rigging created 1m tonnes of pollution, analysis shows

Volkswagen’s rigging of emissions tests for 11 million cars means they may be responsible for nearly one million tonnes of air pollution every year, roughly the same as the UK’s combined emissions for all power stations, vehicles, industry and agriculture, a Guardian analysis suggests.

Davies report: business flights are declining so why back a third Heathrow runway?

Business flights are falling and the airports commission should keep frequent flyers on the ground, not wave more planes into the air, argues Andrew Simms.

Cutting the cost of electric vehicles: Renault-Nissan's Carlos Ghosn on why size matters

Electric car sales have fallen far short of predictions, but the global push to cut carbon emissions and improved techology could see them poised to hit the mainstream, says Renault-Nissan’s head, Carlos Ghosn.

25 UK beaches could fail under revised EU Bathing Water Directive

Twenty-five beaches in England may fail to meet tough new EU standards for bathing water quality that come into force on Friday.

How SME hotels can make big energy efficiency savings fast

Hospitality sector pathfinder shows how much can be saved to benefit the bottom line and cut carbon, says Mark Sait, ceo of SaveMoneyCutCarbon.

UK green car sales surge in January

UK sales of green cars shot up by more than 60 per cent in the first month of 2015 compared to the same period last year.

UK and world can avoid dangerous climate change and still live well, new analysis shows

The world can enjoy higher standards of living and more travel, while drastically cutting emissions to avoid dangerous climate change – but only with sweeping changes to our infrastructure, the natural world and agriculture, a new analysis has found.

Caroline Lucas: the Infrastructure Bill threatens our environment and ignores energy efficiency

What will £15 billion spent on roads do for air pollution? I’m tabling an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill because it’s time to start legislating for the common good, says Green Pary MP Caroline Lucas.

Cycling industry has created 650,000 green jobs in Europe

Europe’s cycling industry now employs more people than mining and quarrying and almost twice as many as the steel industry, according to the first comprehensive study of the jobs created by the sector.

Nissan LEAF lights up London skyline with electric car-powered graffiti

Electric-car powered graffiti has hit the streets of London to highlight the capital's pollution problem caused by vehicle exhausts fumes.

Businesses could boost productivity by encouraging cycling and walking to work

Environmental charities and sustainability experts are calling on company bosses to encourage their staff to walk and cycle to work and reap the rewards of a more productive workforce.

Electric car sales double in EU

New models helped sales of electric cars in the European Union double in 2013, but the zero-emission vehicles still only account for one in every 250 new cars sold.

Diesel vehicles may be charged in London

Drivers in London with vehicles fuelled by diesel will be charged an additional fee similar to the existing £11.50 congestion charge, if proposals by the mayor Boris Johnson are accepted.

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VW emissions scandal: academics reveal findings of UK’s first study of diesel engine emissions
The University of Manchester is conducting the first study into the how pollutants from diesel engines react in the real world
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