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Headaches

A child that holds its head.

It is often difficult to find out exactly what triggers headaches or migraines. However, poor air quality should be considered when searching for headache causes. read more

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UMID: Environment and Human Health – Information Service

Detailed photograph Pedestrians crossing a street with zebra crossings

The magazine "UMID: Environment and Human Health - Information Service" (German: "UMID: Umwelt und Mensch – Informationsdienst") is published annually in 2 issues. It provides information on current topics in the fields of environment and health, environmental medicine and consumer protection. Each article contains an English abstract. All issues are available in the archive. read more

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Climate change and health

That's good against heat: a cooling water bag

Heat waves are extreme weather phenomena that can have an impact on health. They are especially hazardous to the health of infants, toddlers and the elderly in need of care. It is assumed that storms, hurricane and floods will also have an effect on health, either directly or as a result of stress. Impaired drinking water and supply has an indirect health impact. read more

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COPD

Ein Inhalator.

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a frequent lung disorder of increasing worldwide importance. It is characterized by a continual deterioration of the pulmonary function. Air pollutants might play a role in the development and course of the disease. read more

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Umwelt-Indikator

Indicator: Hot days

A graph shows the number of hot days in the areal mean for 1951 to 2018. Although the trend varies greatly, the increase is clearly visible. A trend line has also been plotted on the graph which shows a significant rise.

The highest number of hot days averaged across Germany were recorded in 2003, 2015 and 2018.Despite considerable fluctuations between individual years, the overall trend is rising significantly.More hot days are expected during summer months in the coming decades due to climate change. read more

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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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The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment