Volkswagen’s Emissions Directly Responsible for 60 Early Deaths in U.S.

Volkswagen's Emissions Directly Responsible for 60 Early Deaths in U.S.

A study published in Environmental Research Letters says the excess pollution directly contributed to the deaths of 60 people in the U.S.

A new study published in Environmental Research Letters estimates that the excess emissions from the Volkswagen scandal have directly contributed to the premature deaths of 60 people in the U.S. alone.

According to the Newsweek report, cars emitted an extra 36.7 million kg of NOx emissions from 2008 to 2015. This pollution is associated with early death, respiratory diseases and heart disease. Because of the health risks associated, it is considered a genuine public health threat.

Researchers also calculated that the excess pollution will directly contribute to 31 cases of chronic bronchitis and 34 hospital admissions for heart and respiratory conditions in the U.S. In total, the number of sick U.S. citizens will cost the country $450 million.

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