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New Documentary "SENSIBLE" (sensitive) about MCS and EHS
Italy Created: 16 Jan 2017
The acronyms MCS and EHS indicates two controversial diseases: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity. The former makes patients intolerant to exposure to chemical substances, while the latter to that to electromagnetic fields. What’s more, both diseases sometimes develop together. Still few countries have taken up independent researches to tackle the diseases.

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There is still some perplexity among scientists about the physiological nature and the toxic-environmental causes of these diseases. The Italian situation is especially complicated, since institutions still do not acknowledge both diseases and patient’s rights. Patients who can afford it are actually forced to go abroad for treatments which are not allowed in Italy. The “alternative” is to give up active life, which means job and social relations.
Produced by Officinemedia and directed by Alessandro Quadretti, “SENSIBILE” is the first Italian documentary on this topic which tells the stories of sufferers and caregivers - people obliged to reinvent their lives by facing the changes due to the diseases. By keeping rhetoric and simplistic slogans away, this doc aims at highlighting that environmental diseases are of interest to everyone. An unhealthy, aggressive and inhospitable environment will always be a real threat - even to those who are still healthy.
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Source: Officinemedia & Alessandro Quadretti, 14 Jan 2017

Danish school adopts precautionary rules on use of wireless
Denmark Created: 14 Jan 2017
A Danish school in Bjedstrup has passed a set of precautionary rules to limit children's exposure to microwave radiation.

(English translation below)

Use of wireless technology in school and daycare.


Due to uncertainty regarding human health effects from wireless technology in general and due to, especially, lack of knowledge of the effects on children, we wish to approach this technology with precaution. We also wish that all children learn to use the technology in a balanced way - hereunder learning to protect themselves from unnecessary exposure.

The use of wireless technology in school shall therefore be guided by the following principles:

It is advised that children in daycare are shielded from exposure to electromagnetic, microwave radiation.

Technical equipment in the school:
It is advised that wireless communications technology is only used when it has a specific learning purpose.

Use of wireless technology:
All adults are responsible for supporting the children in learning about safest possible use of the technology.

The school advises that the younger the children, the less the use of wireless technology.
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Source: Bjedstrup Skole og Børnehus, 28 Nov 2016

Krakow's bold step to curb electromagnetic pollution reflects growing evidence of harm
Poland Created: 14 Jan 2017
As Kraków, Poland's second city, takes steps to protect its citizens from rising electromagnetic 'smog' from mobile phones, wifi, Bluetooth, smart meters and other devices, Lynne Wycherley summarises 2016's news highlights on the emerging bio-risks of rising exposure to non-ionisiong radiation. For how much longer can governments continue to ignore the growing evidence of harm?

The first mayor of Kraków to be elected by popular ballot, law professor Jacek Majchrowski is tackling an environmental issue most governors avoid: the electromagnetic pollution in his city.

Following work on air pollution, and in response to growing demand, he is initiating forums for citizens to discuss the growing 'smog' of electro-magnetic fields (EMFs).

In a world first he is also initiating the provision of meters to detect radio-frequency (RF) / extremely low frequency (ELF) EMFs so people can collect objective data on their exposure.

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Source: The Ecologist, Lynne Wycherley, 12 Jan 2017

Judge in Berkeley cellphone-warning case has Conflict-of-Interest
USA Created: 14 Jan 2017
The long battle over cell phone consumer labels, with a hidden twist of legal super heroes and questions about a Ninth Circuit Court judge’s failure to recuse herself.

A battle over free speech in Berkeley, California has pitted the city of Berkeley against the mighty telecommunications trade group, CTIA – The Wireless Association. Berkeley stands on the First Amendment argument they have a right to inform consumers of certain precautions the FCC already requires in the back of cell phone user’s manuals.

A verdict is expected shortly from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and proponents of Berkeley’s Right to Know consumer notices are growing increasingly concerned about Judge Michelle T. Friedland’s circuitous connection to the CTIA.

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Source: BRHP Blog, Susan Foster, 14 Jan 2017

MP unhappy as residents ignored over 21-metre Hightown phone mast plan
United Kingdom Created: 13 Jan 2017
Maghull MP Bill Esterson has expressed his disappointment that residents look set to be ignored over plans for a giant phone mast in Hightown Village - Sefton Council are set to approve a proposal from Clarke's Telecom to build a 21-metre mast to improve Vodafone and O2 reception in the area, despite heavy opposition from residents.

The council had received more than 100 letters of objection to the plans, while a petition against the mast was signed by 403 people. Alternative locations had also been suggested, including the Hightown pub, which Bill says could have benefited through rent payments for hosting the most.

However, a planning report has concluded that the chosen location, at Lower Alt Road, is the best option.

It states: " Other sites have been assessed by the applicants and have been discounted for a variety of reasons. It is recommended that approval be given.

"It is accepted that the upper part of the mast will be seen from many vantage points. This is inevitably the case as a clear line of sight is needed in order to provide a strong signal. However, much of the mast will be screened from many public vantage points and it is concluded the appearance of the mast will not have an unacceptable impact on the character of the local area."

Labour MP Bill said: “I understand the need for better mobile phone reception in Hightown. Anyone who knows the village knows the signal can be very poor. But the fact that Clarke appear to be going ahead with their plans to build by the village green, means that residents concerns are being ignored.

“My understanding is that The Hightown Club have asked for this mast and have identified a more suitable location. They believe that their location is better for phone coverage for the whole village, including for proposed new houses.

"The planning department can only follow planning rules, which are set by central government and these were changed by the Conservative/Lib-Dem government in 2011 to make it easier for developers. So the planning department and committee effectively have their hands tied by government whether its on phone masts or on housing developments. The only hope really is if Clarke's reconsider and I hope that they will.

“I have passed on residents' concerns to Sefton Council and to Clarke’s. The phone mast would also help if it were at the Hightown Club as any revenue made from this site would go back into the community. I still hope that Clarke’s will listen to residents and that a compromise will be reached that improves phone coverage, keeps the village green as it is and puts money into the community!”

A final decision will be made at the Sefton Council planning committee meeting on Wednesday, January 17.
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Source: Southport Visiter, Jamie Lopez-Sou, 12 Jan 2017

Petition launched as Stowmarket campaign against phone mast near two schools steps up
United Kingdom Created: 12 Jan 2017
Objectors campaigning against a mobile phone mast next to two Suffolk schools have launched a petition, in the hope they can stop the plans.

Hundreds of people living on the Chilton estate in Stowmarket have already signed the petition, with residents raising concerns around the impact on school children’s health from exposure to the 60 foot mast.

A health and safety assessment from the company behind the mast, Shared Access, states that the microwave radiation levels are well within safe exposure limits in both the short and long term.

However, with a planning application seeking permission behind Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, between Stockmarket High School and Wood Ley Primary School, many residents have taken exception.

Denise Askew, organiser of the petition and an online action group, said: “I don’t think we should be taking the risk when it is young children being exposed. I have seen nothing that makes me think it is worth the risk.

“I think people are waking up now and starting to take notice of what is planned. We do not even have poor 4G reception in the area, so another reason is that there is just simply no need for the mast. It is going to reduce the value of our houses as well.”

A statement in objection to the plans from Stowmarket Town Council said: “The town council is of the opinion that the proposed location, being close to Wood Ley Primary, Mid Suffolk Playworld, Chilton Court Residential Care Home and a residential area, is wholly unsuitable for a telecommunications mast. The town council is aware of the significant community interest in this application and respectively requests that the planning authority give due consideration to the views of the local community.”

They also requested the application is determined by the planning committee and not delegated to the officers.

The planning application has not yet been listed for a decision. In the past week, after a campaign by residents to raise awareness saw leaflets handed out around the local area, more than 50 people have submitted objections.

A petition launched on calls on Shared Access, who want to install the mast to improve Vodafone and O2 4G coverage, to withdraw their plans.

So far 213 people have signed the petition, with the ‘Residents Against 60 ft Mast at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre Stowmarket’ Facebook group standing at 385 members.
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Source: East Anglian Daily Times, Matt Reason, 11 Jan 2017

The Dumb ‘Smart’ Gear That Someone’s Gonna Hack in 2017
USA Created: 12 Jan 2017
Another year, another menagerie of devices that inexplicably connect to the internet - And while you can debate the usefulness of putting Wi-Fi in every last appliance in your home, it undoubtedly gives hackers more easy targets.

There’s a cartoonish version of a world full of hacked hair brushes and patio umbrellas, one in which bad actors transform smart objects into hostile trinkets. In some cases, as with many baby monitor models, that’s actually happened. The more realistic scenario, though, is usually more boring on a local level but potentially devastating on a large scale. Internet-connected devices, if not properly secured, can be roped into botnets capable of making web sites inaccessible to huge numbers of people.

The following smart devices aren’t necessarily insecure. They’re also not necessarily bad ideas. They do, though, introduce potentially vulnerable devices into the home in areas that were, for the most part, doing just fine being dumb.

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Source: WIRED, Brian Barret, 11 Jan 2017

Majority of cell phones on market may exceed FCC’s stated RF safety limit: FCC mute on issue
USA Created: 11 Jan 2017
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s General Counsel, Howard Symons, Esq, and Associate Chief Counsel in the Office of Engineering and Technology, Bruce Romano, Esq, have offered no acknowledgement or reply to an inquiry posing questions about whether the FCC is adequately enforcing its existing cell phone radiation safety limits.

The inquiry letter to the FCC from Swankin & Turner in Washington, D.C. was sent September 9, 2016 on behalf of the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy (NISLAPP) and the Environmental Health Trust (EHT). Now four months later, the FCC’s lack of reply to important questions contained in the letter raises serious concerns of regulatory responsibility and competency.

The inquiry letter to the FCC suggests as many as 75% of cell phones on the market today may possibly exceed the FCC’s exposure limit of 1.6 W/kg peak spatial Specific Absorption Rate (psSAR), due to a +/-30% margin of error (or uncertainty factor) in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) methodology for assessing psSAR (on which the FCC’s exposure limits are substantially based). Any phone with a psSAR of greater than 1.231 W/kg with the 30% uncertainty factor could theoretically exceed the 1.6 W/kg FCC limit.

Examples of how various popular phones brands, and wireless transmitting devices (WTDs) such as tablets, may easily exceed the FCC’s limit, with psSARs as high as 2.08 W/kg, were included with the letter as Exhibit A.

The inquiry letter to the FCC from Swankin & Turner also posed other questions regarding FCC oversight of cell phone and wireless transmitting devices, including how the FCC considers its current safety limit to protect children if the psSAR assessment methodology the FCC uses was never intended to protect children.

L. Lloyd Morgan, Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Health Trust, says, “We urge the media, all cell phone users and public health officials to contact the FCC, as well as members of Congress, demanding a response to this important letter of inquiry. It appears many cell phones on the market should never have been certified.“

Camilla Rees, Senior Policy Advisor, National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy, says, “The FCC has failed to protect children, despite scientific evidence there is significantly greater absorption of cell phone radiation in the brain and bone marrow of the skull in children, compared to adults. So the question of how the FCC considers its safety limits to protect children calls for an immediate and urgent reply. An entire generation looks to be at risk.”

Dr. Devra Davis, PhD, President of the scientific and policy research organization, Environmental Health Trust, adds, “The issues raised in this inquiry letter highlight the FCC’s failures to protect public health. We urge FCC leadership in the new Administration to come to the table with integrity to see that the important questions raised here are answered thoroughly, and that steps are taken to assure compliance with the FCC’s psSAR microwave radiation safety limit.”

Environmental Health Trust
Devra Davis, PhD
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L. Lloyd Morgan, B.S.
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Source: Environmental Health Trust, BusinessWire, 10 Jan 2017

Italian Epidemiologist Distorts Power Line Risks
USA Created: 10 Jan 2017
Facts don’t seem to mean much anymore - We live in a “post-truth” time. As 2017 opened for business, a stark example of the new reality came to our attention courtesy of Paolo Boffetta, an Italian epidemiologist now at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

In an interview with Fox News, Boffetta said that the link between power lines and childhood leukemia had been debunked. In response to a question as to whether it was safe for a pregnant woman to live next to “huge power lines,” Boffetta advised that there was no reason for concern.

Boffetta has lost his truth compass. The power-frequency EMF link to cancer stands.

This is not the first time Boffetta has courted controversy. His work as an expert witness defending a company accused of negligence for exposing workers to asbestos has rankled the international public health community. One of the leading Italian newspapers has called him the “devil's advocate.”

Boffetta now helps set cancer prevention policy at Mount Sinai medical school. This is the same medical center where Irving Selikoff did his landmark studies showing the toxicity of asbestos. What would Selikoff say if he were alive today?

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Louis Slesin, PhD
Editor, Microwave News
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Source: Microwave News, Louis Slesin PhD, 09 Jan 2017

French companies will have to protect employees from electromagnetic waves
France Created: 9 Jan 2017
(Google translation from French) This is one of the novelties of January 1: companies will now have to take into consideration the issue of electromagnetic waves to which employees are exposed.

Measurement of electromagnetic waves using a broad-band isotropic probe. © Sipa / Valinco

These waves are emitted especially by wireless equipment: Wi-Fi, mobile phones or tablets. It took three years for this European directive to be applied in France. A decree, published on August 6 in the Official Journal , on the "protection of workers against the risks arising from electromagnetic fields," said the exposure thresholds that must not be exceeded.

The employer must assess the risks incurred by its employee

Employees should be informed of the risks and the workplaces where they are likely to be exposed to "electromagnetic field levels exceeding the values" should be reported to them and their access be limited. The results shall be communicated to the occupational physician and the health, safety and working conditions committee or, failing that, to the staff representatives and in the event of crossing the levels, workers may be given a medical examination.

Pregnant women and employees under 18 years of age will also receive special attention. Every effort should be made to ensure that the impact of waves is the lowest.

A first step for all employees who are "electro-sensitive"

Sophie Pelletier is an engineer and works in a public administration in the center of Paris. For six years she has hardly any working life. Diagnosis as electro-sensitive by doctors, is now recognized as a disabled worker because her health has continued to deteriorate due to electromagnetic waves: "In the meeting rooms and wifi in the subway and public transportation, Throughout the week I accumulate this exposure which ends up echoing my general state, with great fatigue, and gives me troubles of the heart rhythm, memory and attention that prevent me to return to work When I'm too tired ".

Sophie Pelletier continues the sick leave. She has repeatedly requested that her position and working time be adjusted. But she has always run into the misunderstanding of her employer. "It's a disease that does not fit in the boxes," she explains, "it's complicated for the employer to arrange a number of things to allow me to keep myself properly in the job. 'I lost two thirds of my salary for several years and it annoys me because I put a damper on my career, or my health, or both at the same time.

According to estimates, in France, there are now nearly 70,000 people with electro-sensitivity.
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Source: FranceInter, Yann Gallic (via Joel MOSKOWITZ), 01 Jan 2017

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