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Old 24th October 2016, 11:01   #31
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Arguably the problem is NOT just emissions (co2, nox, spm etc) but the private mass-ownership automobile itself.

Why can we not, then, have cars and powerful-capable-motorbikes for sport, kinesthetics and as engineering-artworks and 'enthusiasm' rather than for, and instead-of, commuting and routine spatial traversal? In which case, ice or no ice matters not at all.
Spot-on. Regular commuting and travel/driving for pleasure should be two different things. So clean/green transportation (public/shared/private) could be the main stay for commuting and ICE could be optionally available, at a premium/tax or whatever? That way all forms of prime-movers, could continue to co-exist. However, there are multiple lobbies with vested interests who are hand-in-glove with most governments - so difficult to predict how this ban on ICE would unfold.
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Some awesome news for the lungs of Düsseldorfers in particular and all North Rhine-Westphalians in general!

A judge has told a key northern German regional government to ban diesel cars to meet its NOx emissions limits after legal action from a group of activist lawyers.

North Rhine-Westphalia, which has Düsseldorf as its capital, has been given a year to enact a plan to bring its airborne NOx levels down to the legal limits after being sued by Environmental Action Germany (DUH), a part of the Brussels-based NGO Transport Environment.

Bravo, DUH, Bravo!!!

DUH is pursuing 14 other similar legal cases across Germany, including in Stuttgart, whose air frequently ranks as the most polluted in Europe and is home to Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Borgward.

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