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Umwelt-Indikator

Indicator: Emission of air pollutants

A graph shows the trend in emissions of five air pollutants and an overall index relative to the 2005 baseline year and between 1995 and 2019. All emissions fall. The graph indicates the targets for 2020 and 2030.

The mean index of five air pollutants decreased by an average of almost 5 % per year between 1995 and 2019.The commitments of the Gothenburg Protocol for 2020 are expected to be met.Meeting the commitments of the European NEC (national emission reduction commitments) Directive for 2030, is a major challenge for the German environmental policy.Ammonia emissions must be reduced significantly to achi... read more

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Soil | Agriculture

Fertilizer

Großaufnahme eines Traktors, der auf einem Feld Gülle ausfährt

In order to develop and grow, apart from adequate water, plants need nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphate and potassium and trace elements such as copper and zinc. Only if these requirements are met can high yield, high quality crops be obtained. Crop plants obtain nutrients and trace elements from the soil via their root systems, a process in which soil humus content plays an instrumental role.... read more

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News on Soil | Agriculture

Environment and agriculture – Overview for Germany

Ein Feld mit Gräsern und Blüten

More than half of Germany's surface area is used for agriculture. Agriculture thus is the largest land user in Germany and a significant contributor to environmental stress. On the other hand, agriculture is also affected, for example, by the effects of climate change. In the flyer "Environment and agriculture 2018" UBA presents key facts about agriculture and environment. read more

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Soil | Agriculture

Nitrogen

A tractor spreading fertilizer on a field

In as much as nitrogen is an indispensable nutrient for all living things, the use of mineral and organic nitrogen fertilizers to increase crop yields is a common practice. It is essential that such fertilizer be used judiciously and on a needs oriented basis. Nitrogen surpluses can damage terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and can have harmful climatic, air quality, and biodiversity effects. read more

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Soil | Agriculture

Ammonia, dust and odour emissions

Pigs on a meadow

Intensive livestock farming is a key agricultural sector in Germany, but one that unfortunately generates ammonia emissions, odours and dust that are hazardous to the environment and a nuisance to persons living in close proximity to livestock farms. read more

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