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„Good air“ – what exactly is it? What can we do to improve it? What is being done to protect ecosystems against air pollutants, and which ones are harmful to health and how does it relate to the climate? The UBA provides information and regular updates on air quality.

Reducing air pollution from shipping: UBA announces conference

Seagoing vessel

Seagoing vessels are a relatively energy-efficient mode of transport but they also cause a lot of air pollution. How great is air pollution at sea and along the coast? How can shipping become environmentally friendly in the future? The UBA is hosting an international conference in Berlin on 17-18 November 2016 to answer these questions. The conference will focus on the North and Baltic Seas. read more


Low-emission zones in Germany

Road sign for  a low-emission zone

The new low-emission zone made effective in the town of Aachen (Level 3, Baden-Württemberg) in February brings the total number of low-emission zones in Germany to 52. 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


Year of Air 2013

Das Logo zum Jahr der Luft 2013 zeigt eine Pusteblume und den Schriftzug "Jahr der Luft"

This Federal Environment Agency web page offers regularly updated information about air and other topics related to this most important elixir of life. Find out here how air quality has developed and which pollutants are harmful to health. We identify sources of pollution and point out measures to combat it. read more


The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment