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Optical Radiation When Santa Claus comes

Short days and the desire for comfort let apartments and houses shine in artificial light, especially in the pre-Christmas season. Approximately 73 percent of households use LEDs as interior illumination; their market share rose from 1.4 percent to 61 percent in the last years. To avoid risks for the eye, the BfS recommends using artificial illumination with a low portion of blue light.

Ionising radiation BfS measures radioactivity in Oranienburg area

Experts of the BfS and the Federal Police Force train the measurement of radioactivity from a helicopter in the Oranienburg area. The joint exercise aims at helicopters and crews being operational at any time in a radiological emergency. At the same time it should provide findings as to whether radioactive residues from industrial companies stemming from the time before and during WW2 can still be detected in the municipal area of Oranienburg.

Ionising radiation Significant measurement data in the event of an emergency

In the event of an emergency, the measurement of radioactivity is the basis for all further measures for the protection of the population. From November 6 until November 9, 2018, experts of the BfS and the federal police force prepare for potential operations with helicopter measuring flights in the Greifswald area. Measuring exercises by the BfS and the federal police force are carried out on a regular basis in order to ensure good co-operation in an emergency.

Ionising radiation Radioactivity measuring station on Schauinsland equipped with cutting-edge technology

On Schauinsland, the BfS operates a station for the monitoring of radioactivity in the environment. The station is among the leading stations of that kind in the world. Today, Rita Schwarnelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, and Inge Paulini, president of the BfS, inaugurated a new measuring device that can detect even lowest concentrations of radioactive substances in the air dust.

Ionising radiation 32 years after Chernobyl: Some wild mushrooms are still contaminated with radiation

Even 32 years after the reactor disaster of Chernobyl, its consequences can still be observed in Germany. This is proven by measurement results published in two current reports by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). Accordingly, certain species of mushrooms in certain regions of Bavaria are still strongly contaminated with radiation. The radioactive contamination in all agricultural products resulting from the Chernobyl reactor accident, however, has clearly reduced and the current levels measured are low.

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