‘Dieselschandaal may lead to premature death of 1,200 Europeans”

‘Dieselschandaal may lead to premature death of 1,200 Europeans”

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The dieselschandaal at Volkswagen could lead to the premature death of 1,200 Europeans. Especially people from Germany, Poland, France and the Czech republic are affected.

That, say researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

In 2015, it appeared that Volkswagen’s strict environmental requirements with its diesel engines avoid. The motors are equipped with software that ensures that control is less harmful substances are emitted when a car is actually the way to go. The emissions of nitrogen oxides-causes smog and ozone and is harmful to the environment and health.

When Volkswagen in 2015 millions of cars in the United States and Europe terugriep because of the scandal, had the higher emissions according to MIT already had an impact on the public health. In a previous study, it was estimated that the higher emissions caused by 482.000 vehicles in the United States, about sixty persons in the USA, a premature death would cause.


The new research looks at the consequences for the public health around Germany, home to Volkswagen, where 2.6 million Volkswagens, Audi’s, Skoda’s and Seats were sold.

Researchers estimate that 1,200 people in Europe, a premature death as a result of excessive emissions between 2008 and 2015, in which they may take up to ten years of their life to lose. It is expected that Germany hit the hardest with around 500 premature deaths. In addition, neighboring countries of Germany have been taken, including Poland, France and the Czech republic.

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