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Electromagnetic fields Milestone for radiation protection in the context of the power grid expansion

The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) will conduct a large-scale research programme, supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, in order to intensify investigations into potential adverse health effects of power lines. Planning includes more than 30 schemes and projects. Ms. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, and BfS President Ms. Inge Paulini presented the 18 million Euro project on Tuesday, 11 July 2017, together with a group of experts on the occasion of a symposium in Berlin. The research programme represents a milestone in establishing BfS as a competence centre for radiation protection with respect to the power grid expansion.

Ionising radiation Practising a nuclear emergency across borders

Together with several European institutions, the BfS trains an emergency which will hopefully never occur: Together with the Swiss National Alarm Centre, the Federal Police, and teams from France and the Czech Republic, the BfS takes part in a helicopter measurement exercise for a nuclear emergency from 26 June to 30 June 2017. The main objective of this exercise is to co-ordinate the measuring teams such that they are instantaneously ready for operation across borders in a nuclear emergency.

Electromagnetic fields Carefully telephoning without borders

In time for the holiday season, the fees for using mobile phones when being abroad are cancelled within the EU. Starting on 15 June, using a mobile phone in other EU countries is basically no longer more expensive than at home, with some exceptions. In Germany, flat rates are widely spread anyway. So, hardly anyone has to be concerned any more about the mobile phone bill.

Optical Radiation Enjoy the sun in the shade

A broader range of options for protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation, such as shaded spaces, shall be provided for anybody staying outdoors in their direct surroundings. This is the subject matter of the position paper "Prevention of harmful effects of the sun – environmental prevention in urban and rural areas" recently published by the Alliance for UV Protection (UV-Schutz-Bündnis). The Alliance is a cooperation of renowned associations, organisations and authorities in the fields of radiation protection, medicine, science and occupational health and safety, initiated by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz, BfS). The Alliance's goal is to minimise the risk of diseases caused by exposure to UV radiation – particularly the risk of skin cancer – thus preventing the steadily increasing occurrence of skin cancer.

Optical Radiation Sunny Emails: UV Newsletter

April weather – rain, snow, sunshine all together. Particularly in springtime, the weather is very changeable. Yet, whatever the weather conditions, the strength of the sun's radiation rises during spring, thereby increasing exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The UV-newsletter to be sent regularly once again by the Federal Office for Radiation (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz (BfS) provides information about the strength of ultraviolet radiation and on how to protect from ultraviolet radiation.


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