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Environmental Burden of Disease


Environmental burden of disease

Traffic jam in a crowded street

Environmental influences can cause illness: For example, noise increases the risk of heart attack and particulate matter may trigger lung cancer. The Federal Environment Agency uses the "environmental burden of disease” concept to investigate which environmental impacts are associated with particularly large numbers of diseases and what benefits environmental protection can have for our health. read more



Indicator: Health risks due to particulate matter

A graph shows the number of premature deaths due to particulate-matter related diseases. It differentiates between cardiopulmonary disease and lung cancer. The number of deaths fell between 2007 and 2015.

In 2015, about 41,500 premature deaths in Germany can be attributed to ambient particulate matter pollution.The adverse health effects of particulate matter decreased in recent years however, the health threat associated with particulate matter pollution is still too high.The Federal Government has set a target to further reduce particulate matter emissions. read more


The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment