air pollution


Indicator: Population exposure to particulate matter pollution

A diagram shows in chronological order from 2010 to 2018 the number of people in Germany affected by exceeding the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline value for particulate matter (PM2.5). The exposure decreased significantly between 2010 and 2018. However, it should be noted that measuring stations located in conurbations with high traffic volumes were not included in the calculation.

The exposure of the population to particulate matter (excluding traffic-related measuring points) was significantly lower in 2018 than in 2010.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 German Environment Agency (UBA) proposes a target of keeping the exposure of the e... read more


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


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