Wednesday, June 21, 2017

6 million new dirty diesel cars on Europe's roads since 2015!



There are 35 million dirty diesel cars and vans driving on Europe’s roads today – six million more than when the Dieselgate scandal broke in 2015. The growth in the number of poisonous vehicles in the fleet – revealed by new T&E research – will be a stark reminder to MEPs as they enter negotiations with governments this September to reform the flawed system of testing and approving cars for sale in Europe.

Diesel Ban coming to Stuttgart and Munich, London

"As much as I would welcome avoiding such bans, I think it is just as unlikely that we can continue to do without bans in the future," Munich mayor Dieter Reiter was quoted as saying by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper on Wednesday.

"However, the city of Stuttgart, home of Mercedes-Benz and VW's Porsche subsidiary, is already preparing to ban some diesel vehicles from next year which do not meet the latest emission standards."

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-autos-diesel-idUSKBN1950VD



“It’s when, not if, diesel cars are banned from London,” says Dan Powell, managing editor of motoring website HonestJohn. “The particulate filters that clean up the exhausts need to be driven for at least 15 miles to work properly. How many inner-city drivers do that?”
https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/mar/04/diesel-environment-ban-tax-duty-emissions-values

Saturday, January 21, 2017

This Is How Volkswagen’s Diesel Emissions Cheat Works

This Is How Volkswagen’s Diesel Emissions Cheat Works, According to ECU Hacker (Video)

Domke said he purchased a Volkswagen ECU online and extracted its millions of lines of code. The VW ECU’s behavior is mostly governed by parameters defined outside of its code — not constants that would be hard-coded into the programming — embedded within the computer’s hardware.
He said the car’s main modes for exhaust management were a “normal mode” and an “alternative mode,” the latter of which mostly dominated the car’s behavior. In his own driving, after observing the state of the car, Domke said he found the car ran in a “cold start” cycle for roughly 20 percent of the time and on its “alternative mode” for nearly 80 percent of his driving. Only a small fraction of his normal, everyday driving was in “normal mode.” During “normal mode,” the selective catalytic reduction system used by Volkswagen would consume significantly more diesel emissions fluid than in “alternative” mode.

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/strangely-volkswagens-defeat-device-normal-mode-video/


Der für "Dieselgate" verantwortliche Part liegt in der Software, die steuert, wie viel von dem Reduktionsmittel AdBlue eingespritzt werden soll. Domke entdeckte zwei verschiedene Modi: Den normalen Modus und einen alternativen Modus, der eigentlich nur in eng gefassten Grenzbereichen laufen soll, wenn Motortemperatur oder andere Bedingungen die Abgasreinigung ineffektiv machen. Hier werden wesentlich geringere Mengen von AdBlue eingespritzt, um die Entstehung noch schädlicherer Giftstoffe zu verhindern. Durch Tests und das Auslesen der ODB-Schnittstelle mit seinem Auto erkannte Domke, dass sein Wagen nur selten im normalen, sondern fast immer im alternativen Modus fuhr, der einen wesentlich höheren Ausstoß von Stickoxiden verursachte.

https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/32C3-Dieselgate-und-die-omninoese-Akustik-Funktion-3056438.html

Monday, September 19, 2016

Diesel: ICE Automotive Industry still cheating, while Lung Cancer in the Rise

"One year after the US caught Volkswagen cheating, all carmakers keep selling grossly polluting diesel cars with the connivance of European governments."  



"T&E analysed emissions test data from around 230 diesel car models. Data were taken from the investigations conducted by the British, French and German governments, as well as a large public database. The carmakers’ ranking was built with on-road performance figures mostly measured in real world driving. The key findings per car brand are: Fiat and Suzuki diesel cars on average pollute 15 times more than the legal NOx limit; Renault-Nissan vehicles exceed the limit more than 14 times; General Motors’ brands Opel/Vauxhall pollute 10 times more while Volkswagen diesel cars pollute twice as much as the Euro 6 standard."
https://www.transportenvironment.org/press/dieselgate-1st-anniversary-all-diesel-car-brands-europe-are-even-more-polluting-volkswagen

Lung Cancer on the Rise in Nonsmokers
"The proportion of lung cancer patients who never smoked more than doubled from 2008 to 2014, a British investigator reported here.
Never-smokers accounted for 13% of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cases at the beginning of the study period and rose steadily to 28% by November 2014."
http://www.medpagetoday.com/meetingcoverage/iaslc/53476

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ban diesel cars in London


IPPR analysis says capital will eventually need to phase out diesel cars and buses in order to meet EU air pollution 
targets


“London’s air is both lethal and illegal,” said Harry Quilter-Pinner, researcher at IPPR. “This is a public health crisis and it should be ignored no longer. Only bold action will make the capital’s air safe to breathe again.”


He added: “[Our] analysis suggests Khan will ultimately need to phase out diesel cars and buses in order to reach legal compliance.”
This would require the cooperation of national government, as the mayor lacks the power to achieve this result alone. The report, entitled Lethal and Illegal, found that under the current air pollution regime, London would fail to meet its legal requirements on air quality until 2025 or later.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/18/ban-diesel-cars-in-london-thinktank-urges

Monday, October 5, 2015

Lung Cancer in the rise with Non-Smokers

"A 2012 French study revealed that from 2000 to 2010, rates of lung cancer among never-smokers shot up an alarming 33 percent. In fact, if lung cancer in nonsmokers was its own category, it would rank among the ten deadliest cancers in the United States. This is in part because the symptoms -- coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath -- are so similar to those of common illnesses; as a result, the disease is often ignored by patients and overlooked by physicians."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/non-smokers-lung-cancer_560ab1f5e4b0768126ff2c10

Saturday, September 19, 2015

"ban diesel, as 60 years ago coal was banned successfullly"

Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London, said:
"Frankly, the only way to protect public health and comply fully with legal limits is to ban diesel from the "most-polluted areas.  Let’s do so positively, by encouraging positive measures such as active travel (e.g. walking and cycling) and triggering a massive shift to fewer, cleaner and greener vehicles.  By doing so, the UK can be a world leader again as it was so successfully 60 years ago after banning coal burning in cities."

http://cleanair.london/sources/defra-buries-consultation-on-diesel-ban-in-cities-minutes-before-corbyn-announcement/

VW `Clean Diesel' Scheme Exposed as Criminal Charges Weighed

VW admitted systematically cheating on U.S. air pollution tests for years, theEnvironmental Protection Agency announced Friday in citing violations that could add up to $18 billion in fines. The company said it has also heard from the Justice Department, which the EPA said could pursue criminal prosecution.
The German automaker has struggled to gain a foothold in the world’s
second-biggest car market with a strategy built in part on touting the efficiency of fun-to-drive “clean diesel” vehicles now shown to be anything but. 
“It’s a huge black eye for Volkswagen,” said Matt DeLorenzo, managing editor for news at Kelley Blue Book in Irvine, California. Consumer Reports magazine reacted by suspending its “recommended” rating of two diesel models.
Diesel versions of the popular Beetle, Golf, Jetta and Passat comprise more than a quarter of the brand’s sales in the U.S. and are a vital part of the company’s strategy for meeting tougher U.S. fuel economy standards going into effect in coming years. More than other carmakers, VW has chosen to focus on diesel technology instead of electrics or hybrids.

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-19/vw-clean-diesel-scheme-exposed-as-u-s-weighs-criminal-charges

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Top UK court forces government to cut air pollution, diesel cars might be banned


"After having a kind of renaissance during the first decade of the 2000s, diesel is now under attack again. The current generation of "clean" diesel vehicles might be much improved over the soot-machines of yore, but they are still a problem, especially when you pack a lot of them close together, as in Europe. Also, the facts as we know them have changed (like the Keynes quote: "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?"); We now know that diesel is more damaging to our health than we previously thought, with the World Health Organization officially recognizing it as causing cancer, and a recent study showing that it causes 6% of lung cancers in the US and UK.


The same thing might happen in the UK. Pollution levels have been over legal limits for nitrogen dioxide (NOx) since 2010 in 16 different cities and regions. The country's highest court has ordered the government to take immediate action to remedy the situation:

In a unanimous ruling, a panel of five judges, headed by the court's president Lord Neuberger, ordered "that the Government must prepare and consult on new air quality plans for submission to the European Commission... no later than December 31 2015". (source)
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-32512152

Comment from bandiesel (inhouse) 
The BBC Article features a "Clean-Diesel"-Spin insert, claiming that Diesel has never been as clean as now... claiming that 99% of all particles are filtered now, however this is delusional propaganda since 99% is a mass based reduction and doesn't make any statement about toxicity, number and carcinogenic properties of remaining particles, which still remains 100 times more toxic than regular gasoline-car emissions. The New "Clean-Diesel" Technology is not clean nor safe, also the Soot-Trap Particle Filter emits heavy toxic fumes while "Regeneration". Industry and "Independent Experts" will try to convince you this is the "Best Available Technology" (BAT), well if this is the case, than phase out your harmful product line, that can only survive through fraudulent claims, marketing and junk science usually used by Tobacco companies. PS. this is very important, because Diesel Engine Producers, after successfully wrecking air quality in Europe, are now launching the "Clean Diesel"-Spin in the USA and China.


Monday, May 18, 2015

air pollution directly affects cognition

Air pollution and impaired lung function prove independent risk factors for cognitive decline


(...) "Our findings disprove the hypothesis that air pollution first decreases lung function and this decline, in turn, causes cognitive impairment by releasing stress signals and humoral mediators into the body," explains Mohammad Vossoughi, a PhD student at the Leibniz (Germany) Institute for Environmental Medicine, who led the study.
Mr. Vossoughi adds that the findings suggest other hypotheses about how air pollution affects cognition, including the possibility that particulate matter and other pollutants are translocated to the central nervous system via our sense of smell and that leads to mild cognitive impairment. (...)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150518121147.htm

Saturday, March 21, 2015

UNEP says green transport key to boost air quality in China

'"China is a leader in the rapid switch to clean fuels and investment in speed trains," Jong noted.

Robust policies and legislation alongside infrastructure development are crucial to promote green transportation across cities in China and the developing world.

Jong stressed that a paradigm shift is an imperative to help tackle traffic congestion and the attendant air pollution in cities across China and Africa.

"It is possible to re-invent mobility in cities, if people switch from heavy use of cars to cycling and walking," Jong said.'

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/910655.shtml

Paris to ban the most polluting diesel vehicles by 2020

"Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has presented a plan to ban most diesel vehicles from the city by 2020 in order to lower air pollution.

By July, diesel buses and trucks will be banned during the daytime from entering the city but not from the ring road around Paris, Hidalgo explained Monday in a plan to members of the Paris Council. Then, she said, the measure will be gradually extended to  diesel vehicles made before 2011—regarded as the most polluting—by 2020."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-02-paris-polluting-diesel-vehicles.html#jCp
http://phys.org/news/2015-02-paris-polluting-diesel-vehicles.html