Volkswagen scandal– 500.000 “clean diesel” cars deliberately set to cheat emission tests
Photo credit: Getty images
The German car giant Volkswagen has admitted that they have cheated in emissions tests in the US. Since 2009, Volkswagen has been installing elaborate software in 482,000 "clean diesel" vehicles sold in the US and according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), these cars had devices in their diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested, changing the performance accordingly to improve results. The cars' pollution controls would then only work when being tested for emissions.
While some of the food system challenges facing humanity are local, in an interconnected world, adopting a global perspective is essential. Many environmental issues, such as climate change, need supranational commitments and action to be addressed effectively. Due to ever increasing global trade flows, prices of commodities are connected through space; a drought in Romania may thus increase the price of wheat in Zimbabwe.
More like this
- Impact of climate change on food production could cause over 500,000 extra deaths in 2050
- A three-year update on Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign
- Shell exits Prince’s climate group in row over Arctic oil
- UK: Future of Food report
- From individual to collective action: exploring the business cases for addressing sustainable food security- new WWF-UK and Food Ethics Council report