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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



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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