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Special Exposure Situations

Smog during sunrise in Shanghai

Exceptional exposure situations deserve special consideration. They occur when usual or expected environmental conditions are not met. Human health is particularly at risk in these often extreme stressful situations, therefore environmental hygiene and environmental medicine take up a position on such topics. read more

News on Air and Transport | Noise

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



Indicator: Population exposure to particulate matter pollution

A graph shows the number of people in Germany exposed to particulate levels (PM10) that exceed the guideline values of the World Health Organisation (WHO). It reveals that the exposure of the population fell significantly between 2007 and 2014. Areas with high levels of traffic pollution were neglected in the diagramme.

The exposure of the population to particulate matter in areas not affected by intensive traffic has substantially decreased since 2007.Particulate matter concentrations in ambient air are considerably affected by weather conditions which may vary substantially within the year and from one year to another.The Federal Government’s aim is that the guideline value of the World Health Organisation (WHO... read more


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