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German Environmental Survey, GerES 2014-2017

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From 2014 to 2017, the German Environment Agency is investigating the degree of child and adolescent exposure to environmental influences in Germany. Families are selected to participate in the survey according to certain statistical criteria. They are providing important insights into the health of today’s young generation – including a health check of the environmental impact on their children. read more

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News on Health and Sustainability | Strategies | International matters

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

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Human biomonitoring

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Human biomonitoring (HBM) is a tool of health-related environmental monitoring with which populations are examined for their exposure to pollutants from the environment. The results are also intended to provide information as to whether (further) pollutant reduction measures are needed and on the effects of existing measures. read more

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Human biomonitoring in Europe

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European environment and health policy attaches great importance to the human biomonitoring (HBM) tool for the determination of the environmental burden on the population. However previous or ongoing HBM studies in several European countries deal with different issues. read more

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Cooperation for the promotion of human biomonitoring

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The German Environment Agency supports the cooperation on human biomonitoring between the Federal Ministry for the Environment and the German chemical industrial association (VCI). The cooperation is significant for the development of new analytical methods to enable the detection of chemicals in urine or blood samples to which the population may have increased exposure or which are of special rel read more

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Project DEMOCOPHES

Mutter und Kind beim Memory-Spielen, die Mutter deckt ein Kärtchen mit einer Schlange auf, der Junge schaut neugierig unter die Karte, bevor sie ganz aufgedeckt ist

DEMOCOPHES is the acronym for a European project to test the feasibility of a human biomonitoring study in 17 European countries by means of common guidelines and using same methods. These guidelines were drawn up in the context of the COPHES project, of which DEMOCOPHES is an integral part. It has now been completed and the first European results delivered. read more

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Chemical substances

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Substances, as they are referred to on the topic-related web pages here, are chemical elements, compounds and mixtures that have become relevant on account of their chemical, physical and toxicological properties, in particular with regard to their potential to affect human health.  read more

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The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment