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Background paper “Pharmaceuticals in the Environment”

Tabletten werden aus Behältnis geschüttet

How do pharmaceuticals get into the environment? Can residues of pharmaceuticals in water and soil harm plants, animals or even human health? What is being done to prevent this, and what can I do? The Federal Environment Agency’s background paper, which is now also available in English, sheds light on these and other questions surrounding the topic of pharmaceuticals in the environment. read more


Who is doing what in the Energiewende?

eine Frau und ein Mann mit blauen Bau-Schutzhelmen stehen mit einem Tablet und Papierunterlagen in der Hand auf einer Wiese und zeigen auf eine Windkraftanlage

Germany's Energiewende is a complex, large-scale project. The tasks and measures by which to achieve it are manifold and diverse, as reflected by the many active players in Germany. The publication "Who is who of the Energiewende in Germany – Contact Partners in Politics, Industry and Society", published by the Foreign Office in German and English, provides an overview. read more


Chemicals Regulation REACH: companies must make improvements

Erklärung des Begriffs REACH: Europäische Chemikalienverordnung zur Registrierung, Bewertung, Zulassung und Beschränkung chemischer Stoffe

More than half of the registration dossiers governed by the European REACH Regulation are not compliant with at least one of the seven screened data requirements, for example information on mutagenicity. These are the conclusions of a study carried out by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). read more


Global soil protection – What law protects effectively?

asphaltic street and paved footway, in the background new houses

Fertile soils are essential for life. Their preservation is set to become one of the United Nations’ global sustainability goals, under the heading “land degradation neutral world”. A legal study commissioned by UBA looked into how this goal could be implemented at international level. read more



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