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Episode 19: Instrument of sabotage

Oct 17, 2019

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Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly
Final Note

The human price of the Volkswagen emissions scandal

Kai Ryssdal Oct 29, 2015
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This final note on the way out: the actual costs of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal.

The company said Wednesday it lost $1.8 billion last quarter, partly as a result of the billions its had to set aside to pay damages.

On Thursday, though, the first peer-reviewed study of the public health costs of the extra pollution was published in Environmental Research Letters. It says about 60 people have already died prematurely — that’s just in this country.

Number of affected cars here: 550,000.

In the U.K.: 1.2 million. 

 

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