May 31, 2011
World Health Organization: Cell phones as big a cancer risk as "lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform"
After a meeting with scientists from around the world, the World Health Organization announced this morning that it has now categorized cell phone radiation as a "carcinogenic hazard." This is a label that the WHO has also placed on lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform. ...
Read the whole article here.
November 29, 2010FaceBook Cell Out 2010
On November 11, 2010, agree to turn off you cell phones for one hour from 12PM to 1PM for three good reasons... Read more here.
November 26, 2010Important review by Levitt and Lai on Biological Effects of Antennas.
The objective of this paper is to review the existing studies of people living or working near cellular infrastructure and other pertinent studies that could apply to long-term, low-level radiofrequency radiation (RFR) exposures. Read the whole article here.
October 23, 2010Radiation from Cordless Phones Causes Heart Irregularities, According to New Research Published Today in the European Journal of Oncology
Cordless phones, which transmit a similar pulsed signal as Wi-Fi networks at 2.4 Gigahertz, have been shown to impact heart rate in new research published today in the European Journal of Oncology. Read more here.
October 26, 2010Cell-Phone Safety: What the FCC Didn't Test
By Michael Scherer
We are a nation grown numb to the seemingly endless fine print that accompanies our purchases. But every now and then a product is sold with a warning that should command attention. Consider the little-noticed bit of legalese that comes in the safety manual for Apple's iPhone 4... Read the whole article here.
September 30, 2010FCC Changes Cellphone Safety Guidance
By Cecilia Kang Washington Post Staff Writer
The Federal Communications Commission has changed its guidance to cellphone users worried about the health effects of wireless devices, dropping a long-standing recommendation that concerned consumers purchase phones with lower levels of radiation emissions. Read the whole article here.
September 27, 2010A Cancer Muckraker Takes on Cell Phones
by Bryan Walsh
If anyone would be receptive to the idea that cell phone radiation might play a role in cancer, it would be Dr. Devra Davis. The epidemiologist and toxicologist is an expert in environmental health, and she's made a career out of the idea that cancer often has more to do with what's happening to us than what's going on inside our genes. Read the whole article here.
August 25, 2010Wi-Fi Could Cause Birth Defects, British Scientist Warns
By Glenn Johnson, Postmedia News
OTTAWA — A British scientist and former naval weapons expert has waded into the debate over the safety of wireless networks in Canadian schools, warning generations could face genetic disorders because of prolonged exposure to low-level microwaves. Read the whole article here.
May 18, 2010Microwave News ~ Interphone Points to Long-Term Cell Phone Tumor Risks
There's an old saying that a camel is a horse designed by a committee. Welcome to Interphone. The good news is that the Interphone paper has finally been made public after a four-year stalemate within the 13-country research team. Read the whole article here.
February 23, 2010Lab rats with cellphones?
Our wireless lifestyle is making us all unwitting test subjects.
By Christopher Ketcham
We love our digital gadgets -- "magic" devices that define cool and promise to remake our lives for the better. But there is growing evidence of a dark side to the techno-magic. Your cellphone, and any other wireless device that depends on electromagnetic (EM) microwave radiation to function, may be hazardous to your health... Read the whole article here.
February 3, 2010Warning: Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous to Your Health.
Article by Christopher Ketcham, Photo by Tom Schierlitz
Ever worry that that gadget you spend hours holding next to your head might be damaging your brain? Well, the evidence is starting to pour in, and it's not pretty. So why isn't anyone in America doing anything about it?... Read the whole article here.
January 28, 2010Is ‘electrosmog’ harming our health?
Electrical pollution from cell phones and WiFi may be hazardous
By Michael Segell
Updated Jan. 28, 2010
In 1990, the city of La Quinta, CA, proudly opened the doors of its sparkling new middle school. Gayle Cohen, then a sixth-grade teacher, recalls the sense of excitement everyone felt: "We had been in temporary facilities for 2 years, and the change was exhilarating." But the glow soon dimmed... read the whole article here.
January 11, 2010Are Cell Phones Safe? How Teens Can Avoid Risk
Sunday, January 17 1:30 PM
San Francisco Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street
Sponsors: City and County of San Francisco’s Environment Department, the Main Library Stegner Environmental Center, California Endowment, International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety, Environmental Health Trust, Teens Turning Green, California Brain Tumor Association, Healthy 880 Communities - San Leandro, San Leandro High School Social Justice Academy, and Environmental Working Group
Are cell phones safe? Why do some nations advise that children not use cell phones? Growing numbers of scientific reports find that heavy users of cell phones face increased risks of brain tumors, reduced sperm count and other serious health problems. Read more here.
November 30, 2009Full Signal, a documentary film about wireless technology, premiers at the Santa Fe Film Festival.
To quote the film's creators: "Since 1997 and the onset of GSM telephony, more and more cellular antennas have been popping up in neighborhoods all around the world to support an ever-growing number of cell phone users. In fact they have become so prolific in some parts of the world that they disappear into the landscape with the same subtlety as cars on the street. And those that don't 'disappear' are cleverly disguised as chimneys, flagpoles, or water towers.Full Signal talks to scientists around the world who are researching the health effects related to cellular technology; to activists who are fighting to regulate the placement of antennas; and to lawyers and law makers who represent the people wanting those antennas regulated. Filmed in ten countries and six US states, Full Signal examines the contradiction between health and finance, one of the many ironies of the fight to regulate antenna placement."
For more information about the film and screenings — including information about this Wednesday's screening in Santa Fe — go to www.fullsignalmovie.com.
November 18, 2009FCC Issues Declaratory Ruling Establishing Timeframes For State And Locality Processing Of Applications For Wireless Towers
Washington, D.C. – In a Declaratory Ruling (“Ruling”) adopted today, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) cleared the way for broadband deployment by establishing timeframes of 90 days for collocations and 150 days for all other tower siting applications reviewed by state and local governments. This action will assist in speeding the deployment of next generation wireless networks while respecting the legitimate concerns of local authorities and preserving local control over zoning and land use policies. Read more here. For those who wish to view the FCC Commissioners' deliberations today, here
is the link: http://www.fcc.gov/openmeetings/2009_11_18-ocm.html
November 16, 2009Dr. Oz will be dedicating his Tuesday, November 17, 2009 television show to cell phones and the brain. He will be interviewing Alan Marks, who has brain cancer; Mr. Marks' wife, Ellen; Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, an epidemiologist and professor at the University of Pittsburgh and also founder of the Environmental Health Trust; and, Dr. Joell Moskowitz, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Check here for local listings.
November 16, 2009Listen to the Voice of America radio report on The EMR Policy Institute’s Conference on Electromagnetic Radiation Impacts on Human Health that took place on November 8, 2009 at The School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Listen here. If this doesn't work, go to www.krccnews.org, then scroll down to older posts, and look for Friday, Nov 5, 2009. Also, the KGNU Science Show version is archived at: kgnu.org Go to the "listen to" and "listings" options. Then choose the day Tuesday, November 3, 2009 and the show "How on Earth" (KGNU Science Show)
November 4, 2009International EMF Conference – Stavanger, Norway, 17th November, 2009
The purpose of the conference is to share the expertise from many of the worlds leading international scientific experts on the biological effects of microwave radiation and to develop policy recommendations to find a safer way forward in order to protect public health from exposure to emissions from mobile phones, phone masts, Wi-Fi, DECT phones, WIMAX and other forms of wireless technology. Read more here.
October 27, 2009Listen to Layna Berman, on “Your Own Health and Fitness” radio show, interview environmental consultant Cindy Sage. Ms. Sage talks about the World Health Organization (WHO) Interphone study intended to set international standards for wireless exposure levels. Although not officially published, it appears that the study has concluded that there is a significant risk for brain tumors from cell phone use. This is far stronger than anyone expected.
In addition to Interphone learn what it means for cell phone regulation, Ms. Sage takes a critical look at the Environmental Working Group’s recent report on cell phones and what Interphone tells us about the risks from other wireless technologies such as WiFi, PDAs (Blackberries, etc.), and cordless phones.
This interview of "Your Own Health And Fitness" was broadcasted Tuesday, 10/27/2009 at 1pm on KPFA 94.1FM Berkeley, CA and on KFCF 88.1FM Fresno, CA. They broadcast from other stations throughout the week. Check their list of stations that carry the show for other dates and times. Click here to view the Your Own Health And Fitness web site and listen to the interview on Wireless Technology Health News.
October 16, 2009French health agency recommends reducing exposure to mobiles.
15 oct 2009 Telecompaper Europe. Copyright 2009 Telecompaper. All Rights Reserved. Note: Last week, the French government banned cell phones in schools. Read more here.
October 14, 2009Analysis of cellphone studies finds tumor risk.
Read the full story in The Los Angeles Times.
October 14, 2009Scientists Talk to Teens About Cell Phone Use and Brain Tumors
Watch the video here.
September 14, 2009Senator Spector Convenes Hearing on Cellphones and Brain Tumors
Monday September 14, 2009 - Senator Arlen Specter will hold a hearing on brain tumors and cell phones before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The witness list can be viewed here. The hearing will convene at a 2:00 PM in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Room 138.
There may be a live webcast of the hearing. If not, there will be a link to video or audio of the hearing a day or two after the event. Check at this link on Monday September 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm for availability: http://appropriations.senate.gov/webcasts.cfm
August 31, 2009Higher Cancer Rates In Under-18 Cell Phone Users
The Advocate - The great cell phone cover-up may be coming to an end. A new report may finally wake the public up to the brain-cancer risks of cell phones and force necessary preventive measures. A new report, endorsed by a prestigious group of international scientists, finds that there is a risk of brain tumors from cell phone use, that industry studies underestimate this risk, and that children have much greater risks than adults. The report, therefore, sends a message to four billion users worldwide and to the $4 billion cell phone industry that they may be facing the same kind of bad news that first burst on the scene for the tobacco industry. Read the full story.
August 25, 2009Cellphones Cause Brain Tumors, Says New Report by International EMF Collaborative. Watch a YouTube Introduction
August 25, 2009. A new report, “Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern,Science, Spin and the Truth Behind Interphone,” was released today by a collaborative of international EMF activists. Groups affiliated with the report include Powerwatch and the Radiation Research Trust in the U.K., and in
the U.S.,The EMR Policy Institute, ElectromagneticHealth.org and The Peoples Initiative Foundation. Click here to download the report.
Read the full press release here.
July 16, 2009Cell Phones in Classrooms as Educational Tool?
Please read and forward to others who might be able to sign on to this Sprint sponsored discussion on selling cell phones to schools for students to use as an educational tool in the classroom.
The marketing to cash strapped schools is strong right now and one wonders what motivates school districts to seek additional
revenue to pay for new wireless digital technology when teachers are being laid off and many programs and services are being
June 30, 2009Wireless Technologies Cause Harm to Children and Adults, Legislators and Journalists Are Told Washington, D.C., June 30, 2009; Today The National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy (“NISLAPP”) mailed a report on the health hazards of wireless technologies to Governors, Members of Congress, President Obama and his Administration, as well as to thousands of health and environmental journalists. Click here to read the NISLAPP report. Additional information on the report can be found at www.electromagnetichealth.org.
May 5, 2009"Disturbance of the immune system by electromagnetic fields — A potentially underlying cause for cellular damage and tissue repair reduction which could lead to disease and
impairment," a review by Dr. Olle Johansson, published in the Journal PATHOPHYSIOLOGY. Click here to read Dr. Johansson's study.
April 15, 2009New study on cell phones concludes that there is adequate epidemiologic evidence to suggest a link between prolonged cell phone usage and the development of an ipsilateral brain tumor. Click here to read more.
March 18, 2009New York - International Scientists Find Harmful Effects from Wireless Technologies and Urge New Safety Rules for Cell Phones. Click here to read more.
February 18, 2009Action Alert -- Urge Congress on EMF Safety - Petition Now! Let’s band together and create change! Exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields are obsolete, and we are asking you to take action so our health, and the health of our children and unborn children, is no longer subject to the biological effects of excessive levels electromagnetic fields. Please Sign Electromagnetic Health’s Petition to Congress. Click here to read more.
February 18, 2009Update - CTIA Petition to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is still pending.
September 26, 2008Action Alert -- Industry Group Seeks to Further Erode Local Control of Wireless Antenna and Tower Siting.Send Comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by September 29, 2008
Click here to read more details.
September 14, 2008Attention cell phone, WiMax and other wireless companies: West Linn-Wilsonville School District in Oregon doesn't want your towers near its schools no matter how much money you offer. Click here to read the story from The Oregonian newspaper.
August 9, 2008Dr. Joesph Mercola of Illinois discusses the risks of cell phone use. Click here to read the whole article.
July 23 2008THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: Pitt's Cancer Institute warns staff about possible cell phone risks. The head of a prominent cancer research institute issued an unprecedented warning to his faculty and staff Wednesday: Limit cell phone use because of the possible risk of cancer... Click to read the whole story
July 2008Larry King Live - Panelists on the Larry King show weigh in on whether cell phone use contributes to cancer. Click to watch a video of the Larry King interview.
Dr. Davis Talks About Cell Phones
Dr. Debra Davis, is the director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. Click to watch a video of Dr. Davis discussing the safty of cell phones
April 2, 2006
New Mexico group makes progress in opposing intrusive towers
From: Chellis Glendenning, Chimayo, NM
"Our county commission passed a 9-month moratorium. It was a wildly satisfying meeting in which our perspective reigned, we were truly listened to... Our group also raised enough money in $10 donations to hire the US Supreme Court/Arroyo Seco lawyer to talk to the county lawyer and we'll see what comes of that. The county is motivated. Meanwhile, the New Mexican offered us a full page of Letters to the Editor with photos on the Sunday before Good Friday, and we're filling it... On that Sunday, you will be able to see it at www.freenewmexican.com.
At least I hope you'll see it via that venue. There's a difference between freenewmexican.com and a paid online subscription. The village is glutted with NO TOWER signs made by our local sign maker. That's our news... Che"
March 24, 2006
Cell Phones and Your Health: The Radiation Question - The Sun-Sentinel, a major Florida newspaper, featured a series of stories on"Cell Phones and Your Health: The Radiation Question". You can access them at this link
February 1, 2006
Tower erected in historic Chimayo, New Mexico - Residents of Chimayó, including members of the Chimayó Council on Wireless Technology, were surprised by the construction of a T- Mobile wireless tower at a sensitive location both in relation to the health effects caused by the emission of non-ionizing radiation and damage to the value of the historical and scenic ambience of their traditional community. The tower was erected around February 1 and went on online March 24. The T-Mobile tower looms over the Benny Chavez Community Center which houses the Chimayó Senior Center, provides space for many community gatherings, and hosts a playground.. The Chimayó Conservation Youth Corps is housed not far down the road at the Manzano complex. Within a short walking distance of the tower are the Presbyterian Church, El Buen Pastor, and the Interfaith LEAP Center that provides interdenominational health and social services.
Chimayó’s citizens are proud of their history and unique natural setting with its special historical and cultural features. The tower degrades the beauty of the cerros that cradle the Chimayó valley to the east and the historical value of the nearby Plaza del Cerro, the only complete fortified colonial Spanish plaza still remaining in northern New Mexico. The Chimayó History Museum is housed in the Plaza. The Ortega Weaving Shop, where local weavers have sold their craft for generations, is even closer to the tower. And one views the structure as one approaches the sacred pilgrimage Santuario church, both from the western and southern routes.
Chimayó residents and their representative organizations were not adequately consulted by the T-Mobile company when plans were afoot to construct this tower. Alarmed by the tower and plans for additional towers, local citizens want the tower removed.
See appeal summary at: http://www.emrpolicy.org/litigation/case_law/docs/11feb04background.pdf
January 26, 2004
May 8, 2003
April 18, 2003
April 18, 2003
Elected officials and parents have sent letters to Chancellor Joseph Klein questioning the wisdom of this proposal. Letters have been sent by:
Note especially the February
6, 2003, Press Release from Ruben Diaz Jr., New York State Assemblyman
for the 75th District in Bronx County. In this Release Mr. Diaz
announces legislation he has drafted to be introduced in this session.
The Legislation prohibits: "the placement, erection or construction
of a wireless communication facility on school grounds or buildings."
April 9, 2003
"You're in the Picture": Mobile phones that send and receive images are the latest threat to privacy - Time Europe, Feb. 24, 2003 | Vol. 161, No. 8
The suit alleges that the FCC violated the National Environmental Policy Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Endangered Species Act by allowing 5,820 cell phone towers to be constructed along the Gulf Coast of the U.S. from Tampa, Fla., to Port Isabel in Texas.
The groups say that tens of thousands of migratory birds have been killed by flying into the towers or their support wireless at night and when visibility is poor.
These recommendations are
a follow up to the January 2002 report by the Health Council of
the Netherlands which issued a review of the current state of scientific
knowledge on RF and health issues. In that report, the Council concluded
that: "there is at present no reason for concern" and recommended
further research be conducted. Source: Reuters
Headaches, nausea, dizziness, short-term memory problems, fatigue, and other complaints resulting from cellular phone use are not due to low-level heating of the brain; instead, they're apparently caused by the head serving as an "antenna" and brain tissue as a radio receiver, according to two Jerusalem researchers. Zvi Weinberger, a physicist who heads the applied physics department at the Jerusalem College of Technology, and Dr. Elihu Richter, head of the occupational medicine unit at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health, suggested this in the latest issue of the journal Medical Hypotheses. Mobile phones, they explained, "broadcast specifically at frequencies at which the head serves as an antenna and brain tissue serves as a demodulating radio receiver." Thus, precaution must be taken in the use of cellphones, they wrote. They called for a "reexamination of the assumptions" underlying the US Federal Communications Commission statement that the typical radio frequency exposures to cellphones are safe.
October 23, 2002
Twenty-two medical doctors of the Interdisciplinary Association for Environmental Medicine (Interdisziplilnare Gesellschaft fur Umweltmedizin e. V. - IGUMED) met in Germany in order to discuss the increasing burdens brought on by high-frequency-radiation (radiofrequency/microwave radiation) and to talk about possible remedies. A result of this meeting is the October 9, 2002, "Freiburger Appeal." (See excerpts below. Click here for the entire document: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish.) *Spanish version will be posted soon.
"Out of great concern for the health of our fellow human beings do we - as established physicians of all fields, especially that of environmental medicine - turn to the medical establishment and those in public health and political domains, as well as to the public. . . ."
"Since the living environment and lifestyles of our patients are familiar to us, we can see - especially after carefully directed inquiry - a clear temporal and spatial correlation between the appearance of disease and exposure to pulsed high-frequency microwave radiation (HFMR), such as:
October 10, 2002
On Thursday October 10, 2002, bills were introduced in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives to strengthen and reaffirm local control for the siting of Broadcast and Personal Wireless Services (Cellular) Towers and antennas. See the complete text of these bills.
September, 14, 2002
Sixteen scientists participating at the International Conference "State of the Research on Electromagnetic Fields - Scientific and Legal Issues", which was organized by ISPESL, the University of Vienna and the City of Catania, held in Catania (Italy) on September 13th - 14th, 2002, have published this resolution. These scientists have also agreed to "establish an international scientific commission to promote research for the protection of public health from EMF and to develop the scientific basis and strategies for assessment, prevention, management and communication of risk, based on the precautionary principle."
August 28, 2002
From Bill Evans - Director of Old Bird, Inc.: Follow the links below for a significant development in the bird mortality at communications towers issue.
August 20, 2002
Elsevier's French journal entitled Pathologie Biologie has published the study by Roger Santini et al. on the health of people living near mobile phone base stations. It is the first published study looking at exposures from mobile phone base station antennas. This is the English translation of the complete study: "Study of the health of people living in the vicinity of mobile phone base stations: I. Influences of distance and sex."
July 19, 2002
Lightning strikes rooftop mobile phone and paging antennas: two people sent to the hospital.
May 31, 2002
Health Registries - What You Should Know
May 9, 2002
Study: Cell Phone Waste Harmful Associated Press / Wired.com- A new kind of cell phone pollution and this one is silent. Within three years, Americans will discard about 130 million cellular telephones a year, and that means 65,000 tons of trash, including toxic metals and other health hazards, a study says. "Because these devices are so small, their environmental impacts might appear to be minimal," says Bette Fishbein, a researcher at Inform, an environmental research organization, who wrote the report. But, she says, the growth in cell phone use has been so rapid and enormous "that the environmental and public health impacts of the waste they create are a significant concern."
March 22, 2002
Talking on a mobile phone whilst driving is MORE dangerous than being drunk behind the wheel from Direct Line - SHOCK new research published today (Friday, 22 March) reveals that talking on a mobile phone whilst driving is more dangerous than being drunk behind the wheel. Tests carried out by scientists at the Transport Research Laboratory established that driving behaviour is impaired more by using a mobile phone than by being over the legal alcohol limit.
February 6, 2002
Revising the Standards: A potential change in radio-frequency limits heats up a long-standing controversy. - By Michael Roberts (Originally published in Westword, January 31, 2002)
Janaury 24, 2002
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has retreated from a grass-roots effort to relax mobile-phone radiation safety guidelines, but the group continues to dismiss non-thermal biological effects that some studies suggest could be harmful to human health.
An IEEE working group made
the decision to scrap a preliminary draft of the radio-frequency
radiation standard at a meeting with federal regulators in Motorola
Inc.'s laboratories at Plantation, Fla. The draft sparked controversy
after news reports revealed it would significantly lower radiation
exposure limits and eliminate the distinction between workers and
consumers. See our original posting below and the EMR Network's press release.
The EMR Network has received communication from Mr. Stanziola, who is employed as the manager, Standards Licensing and Contracts, IEEE Standards Activities, asserting that these draft standards are copyrighted intellectual property. The EMR Network believes that it is in the public interest to inform the public about this document and that it is "fair use" under copyright laws. The posting is not done for commercial purposes.
phone call from Dr. C.K. Chou, Co-Chair of IEEE's SC4 of SCC-28,
the EMR Network has been informed that this draft revision should
not be attributed to any IEEE committee or subcommittee. It is a
working draft that is subject to change. There has not been any
deliberation by any committee members on this proposal as yet. The
meeting for those deliberations scheduled for Sept. 13-14, 2001,
at the FCC in Washington, DC, was postponed due to the terrorist
attacks. That meeting has been rescheduled for January 10-11, 2002.
Written like a novel, The Electric Wilderness recounts the opening battle in the 25-year war over EMF effects. Told from the point of view of biophysicist Andrew Marino, the major scientific witness in a four-year New York State hearing on a 765-KV power line (1974-78), the book is a David-and-Goliath tale that provides important insights into the politics of science in the U.S. B. Blake Levitt, author of Electromagnetic Fields: A Consumer's Guide, calls the book "a classic of its genre."
The book can be obtained by
sending a check or money order, with return address, to: Electric
Wilderness, 96 Besemer Road, Ithaca NY 14850. The price is $20.00,
March 14, 2001
CNN - A new report bolsters the safety concerns raised by the airline, cell phone and television broadcasting industries on the use of ultrawide band (UWB) wireless technology.
Important new films: PUBLIC EXPOSURE: DNA, DEMOCRACY AND THE WIRELESS REVOLUTION
This 58-minute film is the first of its kind to explore the potential health risks and consequences of proliferating wireless devices and transmitting antennas. The state of the science and needed public policy solutions are reviewed from an international citizen's rights and consumer advocacy perspective. We talk about what the communications industry prefers not to discuss --- how exposure to radiation from wireless communications technology poses a major environmental health threat.
Independent film maker, Len
Aitken, now has made 2 documentary films available on our tower
fight in the CARE area. Lookout Mountain is a more
recent production done after the broadcasters petitioned the FCC
to preempt Jefferson County's zoning denial of the supertower. It
includes more interviews with researchers and broadcasters and an
admission by the Lake Cedar Group broadcasters that they spent at
least two million dollars on the supertower zoning battle. Broadcast
Blues is a documentary following a citizen effort to expose
the dangers of electromagnetic radiation and prevent an HDTV tower
from being built in their neighborhood. Both are produced and directed
by Len Aitken-Emmy Award filmmaker. Both are available for $29.95
@ from his company. For further information, please check out the Len
Aitken Web site.
January 15, 2001
Locating Telecommunications Towers in Historic Buildings
The National Trust for Historic Preservation in tandem with the Wireless Telecommunications Industry has published a "How-To" manual that seeks to promote the stealth placement of antennas in and on historic buildings and structures. The selling point is the promise of money for the preservation of historic sites.
Read our EMR Network position letter. Contact the National Trust for Historic Preservation and your own state's governmental and private historic preservation offices. Let them know they must consider the public health questions of RF/MW radiation health effects before siting antennas in or on historic sites. This issue is time sensitive and needs your immediate action.
Click here to find the contact information for all historic preservation offices. The needed information is found under "community resources."
January 12, 2001
Mary Beth Freeman, board member of the EMR Network, responds to several editorials recently printed in the Burlington Free Press. Read her January 12, 2001 editorial, "IT'S MY TURN: Tower concerns should be health, not aesthetics."
Neuroreport - A world-renowned sleep laboratory at the University of Zurich has found that exposing volunteers to digital mobile phone radiation (GSM) for 30 minutes while awake significantly alters their EEG activity after they fall asleep, compared to unexposed controls. These results complement an earlier study at the same lab in which subjects were exposed while sleeping.
The Swiss researchers conclude: "The changes of brain function induced by pulsed high-frequency electromagnetic fields outlast the exposure period." In an accompanying commentary, Dr. Michael Petrides notes that, "The currently available literature suggests that some aspects of cognitive function and some direct measures of brain physiology may be affected by exposure to electromagnetic fields of the type emitted by cellular telephones. *This research is available as a PDF file on our "Research" page.
The town zoning administrator ruled in 1996 that the tower users were violating the zoning permit because of the interference. That ruling was appealed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, which agreed that the permit was being violated. But the board said the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and other federal law gave jurisdiction to the FCC and the town was powerless. Local homeowners turned to the courts and U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions agreed with the radio station that only the FCC had authority. The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals agreed. "We conclude that allowing local zoning authorities to condition construction and use permits on any requirement to eliminate or remedy ... interference 'stands as an obstacle to the accomplishment and execution of the full purposes and objectives of Congress,"' the appeals court said, quoting an earlier court ruling. By its refusal to hear the case Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the appeals court.
June 29, 2000
Government Responds On Mobile Phone Report Accounting Web June 29, 2000.
The Government has published its response to the Mobile Phone and Health report from the independent expert group (Stewart group). It accepts the conclusions of the risk assessment of mobile phone technology set out in the report and agrees, in line with the recommended precautionary approach, that the emissions from mobile phones and base stations should meet the ICNIRP guidelines for public exposure as recommended by the EU Council. On the use of mobile phones whilst driving the Government is relying on publicity campaigns but is open to strengthening legislation if the police need further powers to enforce the law on this. The Chief Medical Officer will be discussing with the Stewart Group how best to ensure that parents are aware of the recommendations concerning the use of mobile phones by children. Exclusion zones and controls over base stations near schools are also being considered. Lobby groups will be encouraged to see that the Government agrees that shielding devices and hands-free kits should be independently tested and carry clear information about their effectiveness. The overall conclusion is that there is an urgent need for further research into the potential health effects of mobile communications equipment. The Government is commissioning a comprehensive programme of research costing several millions of pounds, which will result in further research findings emerging over the next few years. As wireless technologies expand and 3rd generation phones come on stream this work will specifically encompass emerging radio-based technologies as well as current equipment.
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