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Banning Diesel Cars in City Centers
"Four of the world’s biggest cities are to ban diesel vehicles from their centres within the next decade, as a means of tackling air pollution, with campaigners urging other city leaders to follow suit," reports Fiona Harvey for The Guardian. Each of the four capitals have had their own issues with air pollution. "Recent research has uncovered the scale of the problem, with 3 million premature deaths a year attributed to dirty air, as well as millions of other illnesses, particularly in children," Harvey writes.
Mexico City, Paris, Athens, and Madrid will put the complete ban in place by 2025. Diesel is a major contributor to air pollution, and diesel cars have been under increasing scrutiny since last year when, "Volkswagen Group was engulfed by scandal when it was discovered that some of its diesel cars contained technology to disguise the true level of their harmful emissions," Harvey writes.