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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 agricul-tural products resulting from the Chernobyl reactor accident, however, has clearly reduced and the current levels measured are low.

Ionising radiation BfS experts training in Chernobyl exclusion zone

In a nuclear emergency, rapid deployment and precise measurements form the basis for all further decisions. To ensure these skills in a worst case scenario, BfS experts have been training under the most authentic conditions possible. From 3 to 7 September 2018, the BfS carried out a comprehensive measurement exercise in Chernobyl. Even 32 years after the reactor accident, increased radiation values are still present in the 30km exclusion zone around the nuclear power station.

Electromagnetic fields Safer surfing with 5G

Self-driving cars, voice-activated assistants, intelligent fridges – the IFA International Mobile Communications Exhibition from 31 August to 5 September 2018 in Berlin highlights how the internet interlinks our daily lives. The introduction of the new 5G mobile communications standard will develop and accelerate this trend and the number of transmitters and devices that generate electromagnetic fields is therefore also increasing. According to the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), the current scientific findings on the effects of electromagnetic fields on people are also very relevant to 5G.

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