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Weekly update: improvement in Germany's air quality, bad news for Hessen forests

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Air quality has improved in Germany. The data from German cities in 2020 showed significantly improved levels of nitrogen dioxide, bringing a large number of cities below the limit value. It is believed that the trend is not due to lockdown, but to cleaner vehicles, more low-speed limit zones and new low-emission buses.

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Researchers have found that the forests in the Hessian Ried, Hessen are slowly dying. This is not due to climate change, but to the effects of pumping ground water to supply homes and businesses in the Frankfurt and Darmstadt area, meaning that trees are struggling to draw enough water from the ground to survive.

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