Diesel fumes and your health: VW cover-up shows we need to test local cars

23 Sep 2015
Urban Australians' main exposure to poor quality air is due to traffic pollution. Jeff Hills/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA

Adrian Barnett, Associate Professor of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology and Luke Knibbs, Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland

Volkswagen has been systematically fixing its diesel cars to be clean during vehicle testing in the United States and then pollute more heavily when on the road. This allowed its vehicles to pass rigorous emissions tests, giving customers maximum driving performance at the cost of the environment and our health.

Diesel exhaust fumes are a group one carcinogen, meaning they can cause cancer in humans. So covering them up is a serious offence. In the US, this can result in fines of up to $US18 billion.

Read the full article on The Conversation.