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  • UBA organises resources conferences

    After the success in 2012, the Federal Environment Agency is hosting the European Resources Forum (ERF) and the National Resources Forum (NRF) for the second time. The conferences will take place from 10 to 12 November 2014 in Berlin.

  • Hazardous substance in marinas

    The water in some of Germany's marinas is very polluted and poses a threat to the natural aquatic flora and fauna. The concentrations of so-called antifouling agents are noticeably high.

  • New refrigerant for cars: EU must not ignore fire risk

    European Commission research centre ignores scientific results on the fire risk from the new refrigerant R1234yf for mobile air conditioning systems

  • Same performance at less cost

    New performance standards for vacuum cleaners become effective on 1 September 2014. The devices must consume less power and be built more robustly.

  1. UBA organises resources conferences
  2. Hazardous substance in marinas
  3. New refrigerant for cars: EU must not ignore fire risk
  4. Same performance at less cost

Workshop "Monograph system for active pharmaceutical substances"


Information on fate and effects of pharmaceutical substances in the environment should preferably be collated in monographs. Although monographs are one of the most promising measures to harmonize the environmental risk assessment and to tackle the issue of the ‘existing’ substances, this measure was not considered in the proposal of the commission for a new Regulation on Veterin. Med. Products. read more


Festival events for the international year of soil 2015

Logo International Year of Soil

On 20 December 2013, the UN General Assembly declared 5 December “Day of Soils” and 2015 “International Year of Soils”. In honour of this occasion the “Soil of the Year 2015” will be presented and the “International Year of Soils 2015 be launched in the premises of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection, Building and Nuclear Safety in Berlin. read more


Ammonia emissions from intensive rearing of pigs at high levels

rearing pig

Extensive emissions of Ammonia into the air remain a well-known problem for years. This has resulted in oversupply with nutrients, processes of acid deposition and the loss of biological diversity in ecosystems. The largest part of ammonia emissions in Germany is generated in the agriculture sector (95 %), with 52 % stemming from cattle farming and 20 % from intensive rearing of pigs. read more


Pharmaceuticals in the environment: a new test system for effect


Residues of pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment may affect flora and fauna. The goal of a three-year UBA-funded research project was to find a quick and reliable test system to be used for monitoring of such harmful effects in vivo. The results of the first project part are now available. read more


Regulate fracking now

schematic of the fracking procedure

The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is pressing for speedy regulation of fracking technology. "Fracking remains a risk technology", said UBA President Maria Krautzberger on the occasion of the presentation of UBA's new, 600-page export Fracking II report in Berlin. read more


On desert dust and exhaust fumes: New WHO Air Quality Newsletter

Schild des WHO CC Air Quality Management and Air Pollution Control

More than 90% of urban populations in the European WHO region are exposed to air with pollution concentrations that are sometimes well above the WHO air quality guideline values. Find out about the origin of these pollutants in the latest edition of the newsletter published by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Air Quality Management and Air Pollution Control located at UBA. read more



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