Environment and Health


German Environmental Survey, GerES VI (2023-2024)

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The German Environment Agency (UBA) conducts the German Environmental Survey for Adults, GerES VI (2023–2024) to collect information on the burden of the adult population in Germany with environmental pollutants. Samples of tap water, urine, blood, house dust, and indoor air are analysed along with information acquired by questionnaires during a home visit. read more

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Ambitious environmental protection benefits health and well-being

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Air pollution, noise, climate change, chemicals – Environmental problems are a burden on human health. An intact environment can have a positive influence on health and well-being. Urban green spaces are a good example. A recent report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) describes successes for environment and health as well as challenges that face Europe today. read more


Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Autism is a developmental disorder which can show very different manifestations. It is assumed that genetic causes contribute to a large extent to the development of autism. Do environmental factors also play a role? read more

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German Environmental Survey: positive mid-term assessment

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The first half of the Fifth German Environmental Survey (GerES V) was completed at the end of May 2016. By that time, the number of participants had reached 1,326 children and adolescents and their parents, from 101 locations. The study examines the extent to which children and adolescents in Germany are exposed to environmental stressors. read more

The Umweltbundesamt

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