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Press release from | No. 50/2019

Nitrogen surplus from agriculture has been excessive for 20 years

Ein Traktor bringt Gülle auf einem Feld aus

The agriculture sector has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to reducing its nitrogen inputs, say the latest nitrogen soil surface budgets of the German Environment Agency (UBA) which are based on data up to 2017. The average nitrogen surplus of the nitrogen soil surface budget is 77 kg per hectare (kg/ha) and has remained virtually constant for more than 20 years. read more

Press release from | No. 49/2019

Soil of the Year 2020: Intertidal Flat Soil

Bildmontage des Wattbodens mit einzelnen Bodenschichten im Untergrund

5 December is World Soil Day, an initiative by the United Nations to focus attention on the importance of natural resources. Germany has named a Soil of the Year every year since 2005. Intertidal flat soils are Soil of the Year 2020. read more

Press release from | No. 47/2019

A focus on risks and side effects for mankind and the planet

Foto der Ausstellung in Osnabrück

Climate change, air pollution and contaminated water bodies harm more than just the environment. "Planet Gesundheit", the new interactive exhibition opened today shows how to manage daily life with fewer risks and side effects to health and the planet. read more

Press release from | No. 46/2019

Blauer Kompass contest goes into next round

Blaues Logo des Wettbewerbs 2020

Greening the office roof, unsealing the schoolyard, farming crops which are adapted to climate change, flood management measures, etc. This is the fourth time the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is acknowledging local and regional projects which make a real contribution to coping with the effects of climate change in Germany. read more

Press release from | No. 44/2019

Federal Environment Minister and President of German Environment Agency confer German Ecodesign Award 2019

Gruppenbild der Jury

The "SeeElefant" maritime waste collection ship, a house made from cardboard, integrating mealworm farms in bakeries, an urban e-bike sharing system – the winners of the eighth Federal Ecodesign Award offer up innovative solutions and creativity in products and ideas on sustainable lifestyles in times of resource scarcity and climate change. read more


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