By Mark Garrison

The VW diesel emissions scandal may be responsible for more than 40,000 tons of pollution in America, according to an analysis by the Guardian. That’s the worst-case number for emissions of nitrogen oxides, pollutants linked to environmental and health damage. The problem could be much bigger abroad, including Europe, where diesel passenger cars are far more popular than in the U.S. University of Chicago’s Michael Greenstone says a back of the envelope estimate of total health costs in the U.S. due to the false emissions expectations could be around 80 million per year.

“It’s an important impact on a global basis,” said Patrick Kinney, environmental health sciences professor at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. “And just magnify it if this extends beyond VW.”

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