1. Volkswagen pollution dodge likely caused dozens of deaths

Volkswagen pollution dodge likely caused dozens of deaths

Volkswagen's pollution-control chicanery hasn't just been victimless tinkering. An AP statistical and computer analysis shows that extra pollution kills between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years.

By: | Updated: October 3, 2015 10:02 PM
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The analysis found the software that the company admitted using to evade government emissions limits allowed VWs to spew enough pollution to kill somewhere between 16 and 94 people over seven years with the annual count increasing more recently as more of the diesels were on the road. (AP)

Volkswagen’s pollution-control chicanery hasn’t just been victimless tinkering. An AP statistical and computer analysis shows that extra pollution kills between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years.

The analysis found the software that the company admitted using to evade government emissions limits allowed VWs to spew enough pollution to kill somewhere between 16 and 94 people over seven years with the annual count increasing more recently as more of the diesels were on the road.

And the total cost has been well over $100 million.

That’s just in the United States. Engineers say it’s likely far deadlier in Europe, where more VW diesels were sold.

The AP ran its analysis by more than a dozen experts in emissions, engineering and public health.

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    Bob
    Oct 3, 2015 at 11:01 pm
    This emissions scandal is truly an important lesson to the corporate world. That being said, there is another emissions scandal going on in the background here that almost no one realises, and it's in our food chain. The extra emissions that these diesel engines are putting out pale in comparison to the cattle industry, which produces more harmful green-house gas emissions then all land, air or sea vehicles combined. Not to mention the devastation clearing land for cattle has on our world. To solve our worlds green-house gas problem we don't need vehicles with better emissions, we need to stop eating cows.
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