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Press release from | No. 23/2016

Antibiotics: livestock industry and human medicine can pollute groundwater

 a lot of pills in different colours

Antibiotics used in livestock breeding and in human medicine can find their way into groundwater says a recent study by the German Environment Agency (UBA). Maria Krautzberger, President of UBA, commented: "Groundwater must stay clean. This is the reason why the German Environment Agency has issued a recommendation for a threshold for antibiotics in groundwater." read more

Press release from | No. 22/2016

Employment in environmental protection breaks the 2-million mark

worker with tools and crash helmet

Some 2.2 million people were employed in the environmental protection sector in Germany in 2012, say updated figures from the German Environment Agency (UBA), which is an increase of 245,000 jobs (12.5%) compared to 2010. Great increases in employment have notably occurred in the services sector associated with environmental protection. read more

Press release from | No. 21/2016

The gardening season kicks off

compost heap in a garden

Whether it is greenery from the home garden or fruit and vegetable scraps from the kitchen, some waste is just too valuable to become residual waste. The compost heap at home can turn kitchen and garden waste into valuable humus. The German Environment Agency (UBA) has updated its manual on composting with hints and advice on how to make good compost. read more

Press release from | No. 17/2016

UBA measures new record highs for carbon dioxide

Building of the air quality measuring station on a snow-covered slope

A sad record: concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide at both of the UBA´s measuring stations on the Zugspitze and the Schauinsland exceeded an annual average level of more than 400 parts per million for the first time. read more


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