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Quick guide on how to use "Current air data" information pages

Experts at the monitoring stations of the German states and the German Environment Agency take multiple daily measurements to determine the air quality in Germany. Shortly after measurements are taken, you can go to our “Current air data” webpage to look up measured values, some forecast data, and data on past years. read more

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Air

Information on the PM10 exceedance table

The table shows the up-to-date number of days of PM10 exceedances in the current year at the measuring stations of the German States and UBA. PM10 (PM = Particulate Matter) is the term used for matter with a maximum diameter of 10 micrometres (µm). read more

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Health

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

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Air

Low-emission zones in Germany

Road sign for  a low-emission zone

The new low-emission zone made effective in the town of Aachen (Level 3, Baden-Württemberg) in February brings the total number of low-emission zones in Germany to 52. read more

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Umwelt-Indikator

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). Following an increase between 2008 and 2011, the exposure decreased significantly by 2017. Areas with high levels of traffic pollution were neglected in the diagram.

The exposure of the population to particulate matter (excluding traffic-related measuring points) is significantly lower in 2017 than in 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 is aiming at a level of pollution of the entire population below... read more

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Indicator: Air quality in agglomerations

A graph shows how strongly, on average, urban background levels of three main air pollutants in German agglomerations exceeded World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations between 2000 and 2018. The trend for the different pollutants varies. Between 2000 and 2018, the values for nitrogen dioxide were between 35.9 and 1.9 percent, for ozone between 71.0 and 76.8 percent and for particulate matter (PM2.5) between 77.3 and 24.8 percent.

The background levels of three main air pollutants in German agglomerations exceed World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline values and effect thresholds.Close to sources, pollutant levels can even be significantly higher.The situation regarding nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter has greatly improved since 2000.Ozone and particulate matter pollution is very dependent on the weather. Levels th... read more

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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

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The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment