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Vibrant Berlin: bustling neighbourhoods are interspersed with green parks and traffic flows right through the middle. Vibrant life often goes hand in hand with “bad air”. Like other large cities, Berlin has been committed to reducing air pollutants for a long time. Discover more about the city’s air quality here.

Development of Air Quality

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Berlin’s air is making history – read about it here. Maps and tables provide information on how Berlin’s air quality has fared in recent decades. Things have gone well, as pollutant levels have dropped noticeably. Nevertheless, there is still some work to be done. More information

Sulfur Dioxide

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A toasty radiator, light when it is dark, a hot cup of coffee: energy makes our lives comfortable, but there is also a downside. When electricity is generated by coal, oil or gas, pollutants are produced as a side-effect. Find out here how emissions in Berlin have developed over the past decades. More information

Nitrogen Oxides

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Asthma, infections, yellowing leaves, acidic soils and waters: nitrogen oxides are harmful to us and our environment. How much does Berlin’s air contain? Access data and mappings of nitrogen oxide emissions from the 1990s here. More information


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Whether on a bookshelf or on granny’s vase: we are surrounded by dust everywhere and all the time. These miniscule particles are not only annoying, but detrimental to our health. Incidentally, how much of these are floating around in Berlin? Find information and data surveys from 1991 here. More information

Organic Gases and Vapor

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Organic gases such as benzol are toxic for us and our environment. How much do they pollute Berlin’s air? And how do these gases develop? We have compiled a comprehensive overview and detailed maps from the years 1989 and 1991 for you here. More information

Traffic-related Emissions and Immissions

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Fresh air despite crowded streets – this is the mission of the Clean Air Plan for Berlin. The plan investigates measures intended to decrease pollution. Read up on the options and how they could affect the air quality in Berlin here. More information

Traffic-related Air Pollution - Hydrocarbons

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Berlin’s road traffic never comes to a halt. It is the biggest cause of air pollution in the capital. Hydrocarbons form a dangerous group of pollutants. Discover here how Berlin’s air pollution developed up until 1991. More information

Traffic-related Air Pollution - Others

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Motor vehicles do not only keep you mobile, transport people and goods, they also produce a lot of pollutants. These include benzol, diesel particulates and nitrogen dioxide. How much of these harmful substances is found in Berlin’s air? Dive into the data and maps from 1993 here. More information

Near Ground Ozone

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Ozone is good news and bad news: in the stratosphere, it protects against UV radiation, on Earth it is a health hazard. How high are ozone levels in Berlin? How is ozone formed and what does this mean for our air quality? Here, you can delve into information from the 1990s. More information


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Kale is much more than just food! As a bioindicator, it can help us learn more about the quality of our air. Find out here how bioindicators work and what investigating them reveals about pollutants in Berlin’s air. More information