Substances in building products

A construction worker lags a slab.

Building products (e.g. paints, varnishes, wood preservatives, woodworking materials, flooring and adhesives, wall and ceiling panelling, sealing materials, plaster, bricks, and cement) contain a great many substances that are released into indoor air, soil, or groundwater. They include organic or inorganic substances which may harm the environment or human health. read more


UMID: Environment and Human Health – Information Service

Tractor sprays plant protection products

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



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


Indicator: Hot days

A graph shows the number of hot days in the areal mean for 1951 to 2021. 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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