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Team Fahrvergnügen used PowerPoint to plot the VW diesel emissions cheat

Team Fahrvergnügen used PowerPoint to plot the VW diesel emissions cheat Volkswagen executives reportedly turned down opportunities to add more effective, full-time pollution controls because of the cost.The reports suggest VW was concerned that meeting US emissions standards would wear out the emissions gear VW used, and that more sophisticated emissions controls would make VW diesel cars even costlier than competing Hondas and Toyotas.

India is home to half of the world's 20 most polluted cities: WHO

India is home to half of the world's 20 most polluted cities: WHO New Delhi is no longer the world’s most polluted city, but India continues to afflicted by air pollution, being home to four of the 10 cities with the worst air pollution levels, according to new data from the World Health Organisation.Overall, 10 Indian cities figured in the list of world’s 20 most polluted cities.

Poisoning pigeons in the park: Using urban pigeons to monitor lead levels

Poisoning pigeons in the park: Using urban pigeons to monitor lead levels A new study of pigeons in the City shows that lead levels in the pigeons track closely with lead levels in children living in the same neighborhoods.What if we could use them to monitor possible dangers to our health in the environment, like lead pollution?

How Audi worked the V6 diesel emissions cheat: a 22-minute timer

How Audi worked the V6 diesel emissions cheat: a 22-minute timer These are the engines supplied by Audi for use on the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, and VW Touareg models.While VW has reached terms to compensate owners of four-cylinder VW-Audi diesels (below), for about 85,000 owners of 3.

Industrial pollution particles found in brains of city dwellers

Industrial pollution particles found in brains of city dwellers The team found high levels of nanoparticles made of a mineral called magnetite.More importantly, they found evidence that these nanoparticles were taken up from air polluted by industrial processes.

Big, beautiful vertical forests suck in toxic smog

Big, beautiful vertical forests suck in toxic smog An Italian architecture studio built the world's first vertical forests in Milan.Now, several years later, they have designed two more green towers, which will be constructed in China's southern Jiangsu province.

Kickstarter project sells world’s first ink made out of air pollution

Kickstarter project sells world’s first ink made out of air pollution Let’s be honest: Unless you’re the heir to the Parker Pen Company fortune, there is nothing overly exciting about the way that ink is made.They found a way to recycle air pollution — which causes more than 7.

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Supercharge your iPhone photos and air pollution ink

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Supercharge your iPhone photos and air pollution ink In this column, we cut through all the worthless wearables and Oculus Rift ripoffs to round up the week’s most unusual, ambitious, and exciting projects.Let’s be honest: Unless you’re the heir to the Bic fortune, there is nothing overly exciting about the way ink is made —  unless, of course, you ask the folks behind Graviky Labs.

Good one, humans. You've polluted even the deepest trenches of the sea.

Good one, humans. You've polluted even the deepest trenches of the sea. Even the deepest most remote parts of the ocean can't escape our foolishness.Scientist have found a large amount of banned chemicals in the fatty tissue of crustaceans that live in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana and Kermadec trenches.

Scientists find incredibly high levels of pollution in the Mariana Trench, including low-sodium Spam

Scientists find incredibly high levels of pollution in the Mariana Trench, including low-sodium Spam Yep, that’s a can of luncheon meat from 2001, at 5 km down on the slopes of the Mariana Trench.A recent submarine expedition to the deepest reaches of the ocean uncovered such sublime traces of human influence as flame retardant chemicals and other persistent organic pollutants (POPs), like PCBs, Budweiser, and low-sodium Spam.

China's capital is replacing tens of thousands of taxis with electric cars to fight pollution

China's capital is replacing tens of thousands of taxis with electric cars to fight pollution Almost 70,000 petrol powered taxis in Beijing will gradually be replaced with electric vehicles, and any new taxis on the road must be electric, according to a report by the National Business Daily.Some 67,000 of Beijing's 71,000 taxis currently run on petrol.

India's Silicon Valley gets a seriously impressive vertical garden

India's Silicon Valley gets a seriously impressive vertical garden After China last month, India's Silicon Valley, Bangalore, now has a vertical garden.Local NGO SayTrees has set up the city's first organic garden on one of the pillars of a popular flyover.

These rivers have just received the same rights as humans

These rivers have just received the same rights as humans After New Zealand granted Whanganui River the status of a human being, India's done it for two of its oldest, longest and most iconic rivers: Ganga and Yamuna.They have provided both physical and spiritual sustenance to all of us from time immemorial," the ruling said.

The state with the most polluted cities probably won't surprise you

The state with the most polluted cities probably won't surprise you The state owns the majority of the United States's top 10 most polluted cities, no matter how you slice the data.By short-term particle pollution, California owns six of the worst 10 cities.

9 incredible ways we're using drones for social good

9 incredible ways we're using drones for social good When it comes to alleviating some of the world's most pressing problems, perhaps we should look to the skies.The word "drone" might inspire images of counterterrorism strikes and the future of package delivery.

Very hungry caterpillars could be the answer to the Earth's massive plastic bag problem

Very hungry caterpillars could be the answer to the Earth's massive plastic bag problem Or, more specifically, the Galleria mellonella, or wax moth.Finding a bunch of wax moths in her hives, where they were busy munching on the wax that her bees need to make honeycomb, she dumped the pesky critters in a plastic bag.

Inside Volkswagen's Extensive Effort to Lie to Regulators, American Public

Inside Volkswagen's Extensive Effort to Lie to Regulators, American Public Far from bringing the hammer down on a foreign auto manufacturer, CARB bent over backwards to work with VW.In October 2014, VW informed CARB that it would issue updated engine software for VW diesels starting with the 2009 model year.