How much does NO2 affect your health?
The Federal Environment Agency has calculated for the first time for Germany, which diseases and how many premature deaths are due to nitrogen dioxide in the outside air.
Poison in the air
The NO2 concentrations in the outside air in Germany lead to significant health problems. This is shown by a study of the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA). Statistically, approximately 6,000 premature deaths due to cardiovascular disease in 2014 can be attributed to the NO2 background burden in rural and urban areas.
The study also shows that exposure to nitrogen dioxide is associated with diseases such as diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.
UBA President Maria Krautzberger: "The study shows how much nitrogen dioxide damages health in Germany. We should do everything we can to keep our air clean and healthy. Especially in the busy cities there is need for action. This has been confirmed by the Federal Administrative Court. Even driving bans are possible as a last resort. "
Trees have limited effects
Unlike CO2, which pull trees out of the atmosphere very easily, their contribution to nitrogen oxide is limited. There are studies showing that trees also take nitric oxide from the atmosphere. However, these amounts are very low and the processes are unexplored.
So there is no way around it, if we want to protect our health, have nitrogen dioxide from the air. Especially in heavily polluted areas, such as city junctions, NO2 causes a significant burden on the population.