Volkswagen emissions scandal could cause 1,200 early deaths in Europe
Volkswagen’s excess diesel emissions could lead to 1,200 premature deaths in Europe by knocking at least a decade off each life, scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has warned.
A study, published in Environmental Research Letters, examined the public health effects from the German car maker’s emission scandal in the company’s home country and the rest of Europe.
In September 2015, Volkswagen admitted installing ‘defeat devices’ which allowed 11 million of its diesel cars worldwide to cheat emissions tests. The cars appeared to comply with environmental standards but in fact emitted pollutants called nitric oxides, or NOx, at levels that were on average four times the applicable European test-stand limit.
Diesel cars sold worldwide between 2008 and 2015 were affected, leading to concerns about its potential impact on public health.
The MIT researchers concluded that an estimated 1,200 people in Europe would die early, with 500 deaths expected within Germany alone. The remaining 60 percent would happen elsewhere in Europe, with the study earmarking Poland, France, and the Czech Republic to be the worst affected.The costs associated with life years lost are estimated at €1.9 billion.
The team also warned that Volkswagen must recall and retrofit affected vehicles to meet European standards by the end of 2017 in order to avert 2,600 additional premature deaths.
“The MIT researchers concluded that an estimated 1,200 people in Europe would die early, with 500 deaths expected within Germany alone.”
this is crap..
volkswagen commited a sin against the green religion and will now have to spend eternity in hell..