Are Cell Phones and WiFi Signals Toxic?
It’s almost impossible to remember a time without smartphones, which makes it equally easy to forget that the technology is still relatively new, with safety requirements that, for the most part, are generally untested. The scientific community’s rumblings about brain cancer and the new-to-us affliction “electro-sensitivity” are worth exploring, at the very least, so we tapped three experts in the field—Dr. David Carpenter, Ann Louise Gittleman, and Devra Davis—to help us understand the complicated and messy world of cell phone and WiFi safety.
Read the interviews with all three experts here.
Check out this YouTube message from our 2015 conference speaker Peter Sullivan.
From NBC News online
Google has written to the Federal Communications Commission to assure regulators that the company’s “Project Loon” Internet-beaming balloons pose no threat to anyone — when it comes to radiation, anyway. (A balloon has come down unexpectedly during testing at least once.)
As designed, the balloons would float over areas poorly served by Internet providers, at a height of about 60,000 feet, sending and receiving signals from ground-based antennas. Google is planning tests of the transmission system, and is looking to get out in front of potential objections.
In the letter, Google’s Aparna Sridhar writes “Some commenting parties worry that the radio-frequency (RF) energy from Google’s proposed testing could harm humans, animals, or plants in the vicinity of the test operations. The proposed experimental operations in fact present vastly less risk from RF exposure than other transmissions the Commission routinely authorizes. Thus although we respect that the commenters’ [sic] concerns are genuinely held, there is no factual basis for them.”
Read the full letter here.
Stop Smart Meters UK is a great online resource for current information on so-called smart meters, their potential dangers, and how to resist universal adoption.
Lately, there’s been public push-back which has been reported in the UK media. The UK’s Times has an article from January 4th of this year titled Warning over a ‘ghastly mess’ in £11bn plan for smart meters (can only read first couple of paragraphs and view an accompanying video unless you are a subscriber).
The Daily Mail has an article titled Could smart meters be used to spy on your home? Devices could be used to create ‘honeypot’ of data to sell onto marketing companies, privacy campaigners warn.
Now, the UK government is taking public comments regardless of geographic location at the UK Parliament’s website. The deadline is tomorrow so we encourage everyone reading this to head over there and weigh in before it’s too late. Every victory, no matter where, is a victory for us all.
Google Inc.’s plan to deliver global WiFi access through Project Loon—a network of balloons floating in the stratosphere designed to connect people in remote areas and fill gaps in coverage—has sparked controversy.
The Global Union Against Radiation Deployment from Space (GUARDS), an international coalition against global WiFi from space, has objected to Google’s plan.
GUARDS argued, in a recent filing to the Federal Communications Commission, that the proposed project violates several international treaties, including the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Read the rest of the article here at Bloomberg News.
This article comes from Collective Evolution.
Last night I watched The Big Short — maybe the most important Hollywood film in years. This true story is a powerful and eloquent invitation to wake up to the sheer depravity at the core of the system of commerce.
The fact that the film got nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture is a huge sign that there are way more people waking up than we ever thought. The wrongs may not be getting righted as quickly as we’d like, but it is happening.
The reality of this shift is clearly evidenced by this news last week from Ontario. After years of obvious problems, Hydro One finally admitted that rural ‘smart’ meters do not work, and has decided to pull the plug on 36,000 of them — to start. We will see more utilities begin to do likewise. [UPDATE: BC Hydro just announced plans to remove 88,000 meters suspected of failure.]
Costing ratepayers billions, smart meters are actually designed to unlawfully harvest detailed data of the in-home activities of occupants without their knowledge or consent.
As reported by the National Post:
“Astonishing,” was the reaction from Lanark-area MPP Randy Hillier, who has been deluged with complaints about Hydro One billing and smart-meter suspicions.
“I’ve been banging my head against the wall for the last five years, saying we’ve got problems with smart meters in rural Ontario.” Since first being elected in 2007, no single issue has attracted as much attention in his riding, he said.
Read the rest of the article here.
A noted scientist and women’s health advocate has a stern warning about cell phones (smart phones): carrying them in your pocket or bra can cause cancer, tumors, and other debilitating conditions, according to a Sun report.
Dr. Devra Lee Davis, Ph.D., MPH, is the founder and president of Wyoming-based nonprofit, Environmental Health Trust. The organization specializes in providing “basic research and education about environmental health hazards and promote constructive policies locally, nationally and internationally,” according to its website.
You can read the full article and additional links here.
The mayor of Borgofranco d’Ivrea, a town in Piedmont, has ordered Wi-Fi to be turned off in two schools over health fears.
Mayor Livio Tola told the town’s high school and elementary school to return to using cables to connect to the internet after reading that the electromagnetic waves given off by wireless routers were especially harmful to young children.
“It’s not that we’re against technology, our choice is merely a precautionary measure,” La Stampa reported the mayor as saying.
“We cannot say with certainty if these electromagnetic waves are dangerous for children or not,” he added, acknowledging that there was still a lack of scientific consensus on the issue.
Read the entire article here.
From Electromagnetic Radiation Safety:
Today The New York Times published an exposé about the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) retraction of warnings about cell phone radiation.
In June 2014, the CDC issued a public warning about the potential health risks from cell phone radiation, “We recommend caution in cellphone use.” The warning included a statement regarding the potential risks to children from cell phone use. Ten weeks later, the CDC withdrew the warning.
The Times obtained more than 500 pages of CDC internal records which revealed considerable disagreement among scientists and other health agencies about what to tell the public.
Even though the CDC had spent three years creating the new warning, the agency was unprepared for the publicity it received. For example, a public official from Vermont raised the potential liabilities for schools and libraries that allow use of cellphones and wireless technology.
Some CDC officials argued that the Agency should just state that other nations, including Austria, Canada, Finland, Israel, and the United Kingdom, warn their citizens about cell phone radiation.
Read more here.
Katie Singer from over at An Electronic Silent Spring gets to the point in this cartoon. Check out her site here.