You may have missed this bit of news. On Monday, March 30th, hundreds of “smart meters” exploded in Stockton, California when an automobile hit a utility pole. Of particular note is that when a smart meter fails, the home owner is left without power. Thus 5800 customers were stuck in the dark while the utility company scrambled to fix the problem.
Other points of interest:
- These plastic meters are not Underwriter Labs (UL) approved.
- The new meters appear to be more susceptible to fires than old, analog meters.
- Some cities and provinces have been removing smart meters en masse due to their propensity to catch fire.
Takebackyourpower.net has an excellent article on the recent Stockton accident which puts this into a greater context and offers suggestions on how to address these issues in your communities. Highly recommended for reading and sharing!
Fallout from The New York Times‘ heavy-handed response to one of their own writer’s gentle questioning of the safety of wearable wireless tech continues. In a blog post at emfanalysis.com, safe technology advocate Jeromy Johnson recounts the controversy, and points out potential collusion by the mainstream media and possible conflicts of interest in the newspaper’s response. It’s well worth the read.
A few days ago, The New York Times, prompted by the announcement of the Apple Watch, published an article entitled “Could Wearable Computers Be as Harmful as Cigarettes?” Read it here.
Despite it’s headline, however, it trod an overly cautious approach that under-emphasized the risks highlighted in hundreds of scientific studies, and over-emphasized the misleading language of government and industry that claims there is “no evidence” wireless tech has harmful biological effects.
After the initial article went viral, they rewrote the headline, criticized their own source (Dr. Joseph Mercola), and reiterated a World Health Organization statement that “To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use.”
Without getting into hairsplitting semantics, how many studies suggesting danger need be conducted before adverse health effects are “established?” It’s like they’re conitinually moving the goal post back. And yet, there is cause for optimism, now that the national government of France voted to adopt common sense precautions with Wi-Fi, especially when used around children. Let’s hope this is the start of real change. You can about France’s new rules in our prior blog post here.
We’d love to hear your thoughts below.
Imagine the government passing a national law that:
- Bans wi-fi in nursery schools,
- Creates a national RF agency,
- Mandates wi-fi routers be turned off in elementary schools except when needed,
- Mandates posting of wi-fi router locations,\
- Modifies advertisements to recommend phones be held away from the head, and
- Commissions a report to be prepared on electro-hypersensitivity.
Well, if you live in France, you don’t need to imagine it. On January 29th, 2015, the French National Assembly passed just such a law, putting the health of citizens front and center in the great RF debate. What will it take for similar action in the United States? Let us know in your comments.
Read more about this historic law here.
You can also read the actual law in French here.
A new study from Germany highlighted in Microwave News is challenging many assumptions which lie at the heart of the RF Radiation debate. Specifically, it shows that “weak cell phone signals can promote the growth of tumors in mice. It used radiation levels that do not cause heating and are well below current safety standards. Complicating matters even further, lower doses were often found to be more effective tumor promoters than higher levels; in effect, turning the conventional concept of a linear dose-response on its head.”
This is also a replication of an earlier experiment, so the study should encourage a new urgency in the public debate. Read the article here, which contains a link to the study abstract.
Lumber Liquidators, a large American company, has been accused of selling Chinese-made laminate flooring so laced with formaldehyde that many of their products exceed California health standards by factors of 10X or more. Click here to watch the disturbing 60 Minutes expose hosted by Anderson Cooper.
We came across this article recently from The Brock Press on the effects of wireless technology. What is particularly encouraging is how Terrance Young, a Conservative Member of Parliament for Oakville, Ontario, has partnered with former President of Microsoft, Frank Clegg, “to promote awareness of the dangers of wireless radiation.”
They are particularly interested in making warnings for wireless devices more prevalent and more visible to the consumer. The article also discusses some of the recent findings and efforts by the World Health Organization (WHO).
These are some heavy hitters, and to have a public face of this debate be a former president of Microsoft, well … that’s just good news.
You can read the entire article here.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the Long Beach, CA-based Aquarium of the Pacific will debut a new program about ocean radioactivity motivated by the Fukushima nuclear accident. The program will be projected daily in the Aquarium’s Ocean Science Center on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Science on a Sphere® and will be made available to more than 100 institutions around the world through NOAA’s SOS Network with a capacity to reach over 50 million combined visitors.
There will also be a live webcast on March 11 at 10 a.m. PST with Dr. Jerry Schubel, president and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific, and Dr. Ken Buesseler, senior scientist at WHOI who has been studying ocean radioactivity for more than 30 years. They will take questions from the public on about the impacts of Fukushima on the ocean. Questions may be submitted live via Twitter @AquariumPacific or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on this worthwhile program, head over to the WHOI website.
Indoor Environmental Surveys has an article on five simple steps for preventing mold in your home. Some are common sense (sprinklers near exterior walls), and some not so obvious (covered weed screed). Check out all five and their recommended solutions.
Then if you want to really dive deep into the subject, attend IBE 211, our Indoor Air & Water Quality seminar which will be held April 27 – May 1, 2015 at the IHM Retreat & Conference Center, Santa Fe New Mexico.
Head over to the seminar page for more information.
The National Association for Children and Safe Technology (NACST) is taking action after two recently published studies indicate there is sufficient evidence demonstrating exposure to wireless radiation, also known as RF-EMF, causes cancer. Wireless routers and devices such as tablets, laptops, baby monitors and cell phones all emit this type of radiation.
You can read the full release here.