In those days there was lead in petrol


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The result is interesting. But the real surprise is that few people really know what their cars are doing to us, and that some new cars are far, far worse than others, and even worse than some old cars.

I’d been thinking about London’s air ever since Beth and I moved back from a year in the French countryside.

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The Volkswagen scandal two years cheap Canada Goose ago showed just how untrustworthy official emissions figures were for diesels.

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In the US, researchers believe there is a strong link between inhaling nitrogen oxides and lung and heart problems, and this has resulted in tighter emission limits.

In order to get its diesels into the country, VW realised it would have to cheat.

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