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Optical Radiation Beware! Risk of sunburn

Currently, ozone-poor air-masses at high altitude are flowing over Europe. As a result, clearly enhanced values of sunburn-effective UV radiation must be expected in Germany. Today and in the following days, the UV index may reach a value of 5 in northern Germany and up to 7 in southern Germany. Thus, the UV irradiance is much higher than usual at this time of year.

Ionising radiation Expert discussion of the Environment Committee on the Fukushima reactor disaster

On the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the Fukushima reactor disaster in March 2011, the Committee for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of the German Bundestag discussed the topic on 14 March 2018. In a public expert discussion, Dr. Stefan Thomas, member of the German-Japanese Transition Council, reported on the consequences of the reactor disaster and answered questions from the members of parliament.

Participants in the first meeting of the Commission of Inquiry on Ruthenium in Moscow on January 31, 2018 Source: IBRAE

Ionising radiation International Commission reviews release of ruthenium-106

BfS staff members support the Nuclear Safety Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IBRAE) in the attempt to clarify elevated ruthenium 106 values, which were detected in large parts of Eu-rope at the end of September 2017. At the first meeting of the International Commission of Inquiry in Moscow, the findings of international and Russian experts were presented and discussed in depth. On the basis of these findings, first joint conclusions were drawn.

Electromagnetic fields Relationship between neurodegenerative diseases and magnetic field exposure to be studied

At an international workshop in Munich from 12 to 14 December 2017, scientists from several countries discussed possible relationships between low-frequency magnetic fields and neurodegenerative diseases. Participants included physicians, biologists, epidemiologists, physicists and electrical engineers. The event was hosted by BfS as part of the research programme "Radiation protection and grid expansion", which was launched in July 2017.

Ionising radiation Release of ruthenium-106 in the southern Ural Mountains

The Russian meteorological service, Roshydromet, has now published the first report on its own detection of radioactive ruthenium-106 a few weeks ago. The findings cited in the report support the calculations by the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). The BfS assumes that a rather large quantity of ruthenium-106 (Ru-106) was released around the end of September 2017. The place of release can now also be localised more precisely: Due to the prevailing wind direction at that time, areas to the west and to the south of the Ural Mountains can be excluded as potential release areas.

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