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Indicator: Global surface temperature

A graph shows the deviation of the global air temperature between 1850 and 2016 from the average global air temperature from 1961 to 1990, which is taken as the baseline period. 2016 was 0.77 degrees Celsius warmer than the baseline average.

2016 was the warmest year since records began.The 20 warmest years worldwide since 1850 occurred after 1990.The Paris Climate Agreement stipulates that the increase in global temperature should be limited to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, and even to 1.5 °C. read more

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Sustainability | Strategies | International matters

Alpine Convention

A clear-water lake, surrounded by high mountains

The Alps are the largest natural and cultural space in Central Europe. The mountains shape the landscape and lifestyle of the population in eight different countries. In addition, holiday makers from all over the world are attracted to their fascinating beauty. The international Alpine Convention treaty was adopted to protect the region and its unique climatic, ecological and natural features. read more

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News on Climate | Energy

Climate action: how to reduce emissions even before 2020

wind energy plants on a field

The international community resolved to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. The mitigation activities proposed by the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will not be enough to achieve that goal. An UBA report shows how the gap can be narrowed even before 2020, for example with more efficient electrical appliances and through renewable energy support. read more

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News on Climate | Energy and Sustainability | Strategies | International matters

Peatland and forest climate protection to reduce GHG emissions

drainage channel through a peatland

In 2013 the disturbed soil of peatlands and forests caused emissions with climate impact of about 45 million tonnes CO2 in Germany alone. The drainage of peatland exposes plant material to the air which was previously preserved in airtight conditions and then releases carbon and nitrous oxide. An UBA study develops incentives how to reduce peatland emissions worldwide. read more

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Health

Climate change and health

That's good against heat: a cooling water bag

Heat waves are extreme weather phenomena that can have an impact on health. They are especially hazardous to the health of infants, toddlers and the elderly in need of care. It is assumed that storms, hurricane and floods will also have an effect on health, either directly or as a result of stress. Impaired drinking water and supply has an indirect health impact. read more

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The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment