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Issues involving environmental pollution have been of enormous importance in the Federal Republic in recent years. Public awareness of environmental issues, particularly amongst the young, has been very high. Die Grünen, the political party whose policies stress social responsibility in the exploitation of the environment, have advanced to parliamentary status, and the language itself is full of new creations which show these concerns, words such as umweltfreundlich, umweltbewuβt, etc. The first of the passages below shows how the concern for care of the environment is spreading even to the use of pesticides in private gardens. The second passage is concerned with a particular aspect of air pollution, the erosion of ancient stone monuments.
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