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Bad exposures not bad luck cause cancers
USA Created: 29 Jan 2016
Workplace, environmental and other ‘extrinsic’ exposures are the cause of up to 90 per cent of cancers, researchers have concluded.

The study by a team at Stony Brook University in the US was prompted by a heavily criticised paper in the journal Science which in January 2015 claimed ‘bad luck’ was behind most cancers.

The new research “found quantitative evidence proving that extrinsic risk factors, such as environmental exposures and behaviours weigh heavily on the development of a vast majority (approximately 70 to 90 per cent) of cancers.”

Song Wu, lead author of the paper and assistant professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Stony Brook University, said; “Many scientists argued against the ‘bad luck’ or ‘random mutation’ theory of cancer but provided no alternative analysis to quantify the contribution of external risk factors.” He added: “Our paper provides an alternative analysis by applying four distinct analytic approaches.”

The finding, published online in the journal Nature on 16 December 2015, concluded cancers are overwhelmingly the result of external risk factors and not bad luck.

The authors used four separate research techniques, employing both data- and model-driven quantitative analyses to reach their conclusion. These analyses discovered “collectively and individually that most cancers are attributed largely to external risk factors, with only 10-to-30 per cent attributed to random mutations, or intrinsic factors.”

Co-author Professor Yusuf Hannun, director of Stony Brook University Cancer Center, concluded that their overall approach “provides a new framework to quantify the lifetime cancer risks from both intrinsic and extrinsic factors, which will have important consequences for strategising cancer prevention, research and public health.”

Song Wo, Scott Powers, Wei Zhu and Yusuf A Hannun. Substantial contribution of extrinsic risk factors to cancer development, Nature, published online 16 December 2015.
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Source: CancerHazards.org, Rory O'Neill, 07 Jan 2016

Baroness Susan Greenfield on IT’s impacts on children
United Kingdom Created: 29 Jan 2016
Although I had mentioned this in a blog last year, considering my recent blogs on Wi-Fi technology in schools, it is worthwhile to revisit Professor Susan Greenfield’s 2012 Youtube talk on how new digital technologies are rewiring the brain’s frontal cortex – the area of the brain responsible for cognitive analysis and abstract thought.

View her presentation here: https://youtu.be/ri4_CW9P41s?t=10m5s

Greenfield suggests that ‘mind change’, brought on by increasing internet use and the popularity of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, will be the new climate change.

The first part of her presentation deals with how the brain develops and the second part about children and overuse of IT and its impact of their ability to learn and also diminishing interpersonal skills. Points in the presentation include:

· Proper epidemiology is required to understand the changes in the brain
· Overuse of screens/IT world is damaging children’s ability to learn
· Autism spectrum is well suited to the IT world of isolation
· Reduced social interaction is the result
· Excessive twittering – leads to compulsive, antisocial behavior
· IT overuses is fostering reduced empathy, social isolation, disconnect from ethics, principles
· IT – develops knowledge – this is not the same as integrated learning and understanding
· Books unfold sequentially – this is the natural way of learning
· Googling accesses random knowledge in a random order
· Results in fragmented attention
· Reward seeking, addictive behaviour
· Pre frontal cortex damaged by heavy IT use
· Screens reward and excite
· Sensation trumps cognition
· Challenge is larger than climate change
· Mind change is exploiting our potential
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Source: EMFacts, Don Maisch PhD, 28 Jan 2016

Apple shares plunge 5% as iPhone sales slow
USA Created: 27 Jan 2016
Apple shares sank in opening trade Wednesday, after the company warned that iPhone sales could fall for the first time in the coming quarter.

About 15 minutes into trade, shares of the consumer technology giant were down 5.0 percent to $94.96, as investors soured on the outlook for the world's largest company by market valuation and the longtime leader of the US tech industry.

On Wednesday, Apple reported the slowest sales growth ever of its market-leading, iPhone in the last quarter, and said sales could actually decline in the current three month period.

The company, nevertheless, posted record quarterly profits and said it plans to continue investing in smartphones despite an economic slowdown in many key markets and the strong US dollar eating into revenues.

"There are still a lot of people in the world who will buy smartphones and we ought to be able to win over our fair share of those," said chief executive Tim Cook.
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Source: Phys.org, AFP, 27 Jan 2016

Cell Tower Microwave Radiation Presentation by Magda Havas
Canada Created: 27 Jan 2016
Published on Mar 15, 2012
In March 2012, Professor Magda Havas of Trent University gave a one hour presentation to the citizens of Oakville Ontario Canada that demonstrated the amount of microwave emissions that are emitted by cell phone antenna. The audience in attendance were mostly members of the local community of Bronte that were concerned about 6 additional cell phone antenna that were placed on a tower beside their local fire station.

In this video you will be introduced to several cell antenna studies that show the microwave radiation that is emitted by these towers are harmful to human health. You will hear testimony of one person that lived right below a cluster of cell antenna that had been placed on her roof. Using radio frequency meters, Dr. Havas also demonstrated how wireless household appliances such as portable phones, WiFi base stations and DECT baby monitors broadcast constant microwave radiation that are similar in intensity a few hundred meters away from a large cell phone tower.

For links to read about the studies that were mentioned visit http://www.celltowerstudy.com

For information about the Bronte Fire Station protest visit http://www.mybronte.ca

For information about Dr. Magda Havas visit http://www.magdahavas.com

The program was produced by James Spalding for Burlington/Oakville TVCogeco and this segment is an excerpt from the original 2 hour program.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEOcB7Svhvw
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Source: Robert Riedlinger/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Electromagnetic Radiation: ‘Wake-Up Call’ For Everyone
India Created: 26 Jan 2016
Mobile phones have been called “The Cigarettes of 21st Century” - It took more than 150 years to prove that smoking tobacco is injurious to health - Are we waiting for more conclusive data than we already have on the harmful effects of radiation?.

The year 2015 saw the launch of one of the most important flagship programmes by the Government of India - The Digital India initiative. In order to support this, the Indian telecom and mobile industry is making huge investments and innovations in order to cater to the growing mobile ecosystem. While these efforts are sure to transform the way we communicate and lead to ease of doing business, we also need to wake up to the adverse impact technology can have on our health. The alarming truth is that with the use of more and more wireless technology and devices, our exposure to harmful Electromagnetic Radiation is going to continuously increase.

On May 11, 2015, 190 scientists from 39 countries submitted an "International EMF Scientist Appeal" to His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. These scientists have collectively published over 2,000 peer-reviewed papers on the biological and health effects of radiations. "We are scientists and engineers, and I am here to tell you - we have created something that is harming us, and it is getting out of control! Putting it bluntly, they are damaging the living cells in our bodies and killing many of us prematurely" says Dr. Martin Blank, heading the committee of Scientists and from the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University, USA.

The New National Legislation and agency for health in France has passed a law this year, banning the use of Wi-Fiand all wireless devices in nursery schools. The Federal Public Health Regulations in Belgium has put a total advertising ban on cell phones aimed at children younger than 14. The Canadian Parliament's Standing Committee on Health of the House of Commons issued a report titled "Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation and the Health of Canadians" in June 2015 making recommendations including an awareness campaign on reducing exposure and improved policy measures regarding the marketing of radiation emitting devices to children under the age of 14. On May 12, 2015 Berkley adopted the cell phone "Right to Know" ordinance on a unanimous vote. It is the first city in USA to require cell phone retailers to provide those who purchase a new phone an informational fact sheet which informs buyers to read the user manual to learn the cell phone's minimum separation distance from the body.

In March 2015, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) started conducting a multi-disciplinary study to find out adverse effects of Radio Frequency Radiation (RFR). These efforts are definitely appreciable, but can we afford to wait till they publish their findings in a few years from now to take preventive action, when WHO has already classified the radio frequency electromagnetic radiations emitted from mobile devices as 'possibly carcinogenic'?

Mobile phones have been called "The Cigarettes of 21st Century". It took more than 150 years to prove that smoking tobacco is injurious to health and for governments to take legislative steps to force cigarette manufacturers to issue a warning to consumers. Are we ready to wait for even 15 years to get any more conclusive data than we already have on the harmful effects of radiation and legislation from the governments to issue warnings? Radiations from mobile devices have the potential to cause more serious damage than smoking because people are starting to use wireless technologies and devices at a much younger age!

Organizations are also oblivious to the fact that 'Geopathic Stress' (Earth's natural sources of Radiation) is a major reason for the phenomenon of 'Sick Building Syndrome' (SBS). These natural forms of radiation affect our health and productivity. A study carried out on 600 office workers in the USA showed that 20% of the employees experience symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) - suffering from frequent headaches, high stress levels, loss of concentration, depression and fatigue. Other estimates reported that up to 30% of new and refurbished buildings across the globe may be affected by this syndrome (WHO, 1983 and 1986). These radiations are also found to have an adverse impact on industrial machinery and equipment, leading to frequent breakdowns and therefore huge losses.

The awareness about the effects from Geopathic stress is gaining momentum. One of the BJP offices in Hyderabad was recently relocated due to the presence of Geopathic stress at the earlier location. Companies all across the globe are making every effort to make their organizational health robust on all accounts.

Radiation management is a new field of work which has emerged globally and in India over the last few years. Various solutions gave emerged to mitigate the risks posed by the different forms of Radiation present all around us, without having to relocate or change the way we live or work. These solutions are being implemented not only by individuals, but by large organizations in the private as well as public sector.

Organizations have seen a great improvement in the productivity of their employees, lower level of attrition rates, enhanced interpersonal relationships at the workplace and decreased machinery breakdown in plants by implementing these radiation management solutions. In India, more than 200 organizations and 1,800 establishments have experienced positive change by implementing these solutions which take care of the natural (Geopathic Stress) radiations in buildings, as well as the man-made sources of Radiation from Wi-Fi enabled devices and other gadgets. All the oil refineries owned by Indian Oil, HPCL & BPCL have got the correction of Geopathic Stresses done to improve their efficiency. The newly opened Terminal 2 at Mumbai Airport is the world's first 'Radiation Friendly' terminal building. Mumbai International Airport Ltd. (MIAL) has got all types of natural as well as man-made radiations corrected at this Terminal as part of their Sustainability initiative.
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Source: India Economic Times, Pranav Poddar, 04 Jan 2016

Some potentially good news, maybe UK farmers will think twice before allowing masts on their land!
Scotland Created: 23 Jan 2016
Pressure on phone mast rents
BT'S TAKEOVER of mobile giant EE in a £12.5billion deal given final clearance by regulators last week could be bad news for farmers letting land for mobile phone masts.
According to rural property specialists Savills, the recent history of the telecoms market suggests that the takeover is likely to lead to increased pressure on farmers from telecoms agents striving to drive down rents for mobile phone sites.
As well as the takeover of EE - itself formed from a merger of Orange with T-Mobile - rival firm O2 is in the process of acquiring the 3 network, further complicating an industry landscape that features joint infrastructure ventures by O2 and Vodafone, and by 3 and EE, in the names of Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd (CTIL) and Mobile Broadband Network (MBNL) respectively.
Savills warned that all this change within the sector had lead to confusion, with misleading information in the public domain about what is a fair rent for a mast site, and bewildered farmers receiving numerous letters from agents, often located outwith Scotland, threatening to make sites redundant if new terms, at greatly reduced rents, are not accepted.
Savills Rural director Kenneth Munn said: "Most of these letters have been veiled threats and we have been able to protect farmers' interests. However we know there are instances where farmers have given in to the pressure and accepted new leases on considerably poorer terms and much lower rents. This has taken place when there is no evidence of market rents falling.
"In the vast majority of cases, there should be financial incentive for the landlord to agree to an effective assignment to a new company, especially where this is to be a network sharer such as CTIL or MBNL," advised Mr Munn. "Needless to say the rent increases, and or lease premiums payable, will vary from site to site.
"It is imperative that landlords do not sign any letters, however innocuous they may appear, without having first spoken to their agent or solicitor."
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Did CELLRAID do ‘volkswagen’ to the telecom industry?
Finland Created: 21 Jan 2016
Did a small Finnish company, CELLRAID, Ltd, do ‘volkswagen’ to the telecom industry? In this story, for the first time, are shown measurements results indicating that placing a cell phone in a pocket might cause radiation exposures higher than permitted by the current safety standards.

*SNIP* read the entire story via the source link below...
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Source: Prof. Dariusz Leszczynski, 21 Jan 2016

Pressure on phone mast rents
Scotland Created: 21 Jan 2016
BT'S TAKEOVER of mobile giant EE in a £12½ billion deal given final clearance by regulators last week could be bad news for farmers letting land for mobile phone masts.

According to rural property specialists Savills, the recent history of the telecoms market suggests that the takeover is likely to lead to increased pressure on farmers from telecoms agents striving to drive down rents for mobile phone sites.

As well as the takeover of EE - itself formed from a merger of Orange with T-Mobile - rival firm O2 is in the process of acquiring the 3 network, further complicating an industry landscape that features joint infrastructure ventures by O2 and Vodafone, and by 3 and EE, in the names of Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd (CTIL) and Mobile Broadband Network (MBNL) respectively.

Savills warned that all this change within the sector had lead to confusion, with misleading information in the public domain about what is a fair rent for a mast site, and bewildered farmers receiving numerous letters from agents, often located outwith Scotland, threatening to make sites redundant if new terms, at greatly reduced rents, are not accepted.

Savills Rural director Kenneth Munn said: "Most of these letters have been veiled threats and we have been able to protect farmers' interests. However we know there are instances where farmers have given in to the pressure and accepted new leases on considerably poorer terms and much lower rents. This has taken place when there is no evidence of market rents falling.

"In the vast majority of cases, there should be financial incentive for the landlord to agree to an effective assignment to a new company, especially where this is to be a network sharer such as CTIL or MBNL," advised Mr Munn. "Needless to say the rent increases, and or lease premiums payable, will vary from site to site.

"It is imperative that landlords do not sign any letters, however innocuous they may appear, without having first spoken to their agent or solicitor."

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Source: The Scottish Farmer, 21 Jan 2016

Apple, Samsung and Sony face child labour claims
United Kingdom Created: 21 Jan 2016
Human rights organisation Amnesty has accused Apple, Samsung and Sony, among others, of failing to do basic checks to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined by children.

In a report into cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it found children as young as seven working in dangerous conditions.

Cobalt is a a vital component of lithium-ion batteries.

The firms said that they had a zero tolerance policy towards child labour.

The DRC produces at least 50% of the world's cobalt. Miners working in the area face long-term health problems and the risk of fatal accidents, according to Amnesty.

It claimed that at least 80 miners had died underground in southern DRC between September 2014 and December 2015.

It also collected the testimonies of children who allegedly work in the mines.

Paul, a 14-year-old orphan, started mining when he was 12 and told researchers: "I would spend 24 hours down in the tunnels. I arrived in the morning and would leave the following morning ... I had to relieve myself down in the tunnels … My foster mother planned to send me to school, but my foster father was against it, he exploited me by making me work in the mine."

UNICEF estimates that there are approximately 40,000 children working in mines across southern DRC.

In response to the report, Apple said: "Underage labour is never tolerated in our supply chain and we are proud to have led the industry in pioneering new safeguards."

It said that it conducts rigorous audits on its supply chain and any supplier found hiring underage workers is forced to:

- fund the worker's safe return home
- finance the worker's education at a school chosen by the worker or his/her family
- continue to pay the worker's wages
- offer him or her a job when he or she reaches legal age to work.

On cobalt specifically it added: "We are currently evaluating dozens of different materials, including cobalt, in order to identify labour and environmental risks as well as opportunities for Apple to bring about effective, scalable and sustainable change."

Samsung said that it had a "zero tolerance policy" towards child labour and that, it too, conducted regular and rigorous audits of its supply chain.

"If a violation of child labour is found, contracts with suppliers who use child labour will be immediately terminated," it said.

Sony commented: "We are working with the suppliers to address issues related to human rights and labour conditions at the production sites, as well as in the procurement of minerals and other raw materials."

Paradox?

The Amnesty report, which was jointly researched with African Resources Watch (Afrewatch), traced how traders buy cobalt from areas where child labour is rife, selling it on to firm Congo Dongfang Mining (CDM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinese mineral giant Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Ltd.

Amnesty contacted 16 multinationals who were listed as customers of the battery manufacturers, who in turn source minerals from Huayou Cobalt.

One company admitted the connection while four others were unable to say for certain the source of the cobalt they used. Five denied sourcing the mineral from the firm, despite being listed as customers in company documents and two others said that they did not source cobalt from DRC.

Six firms said that they were investigating the claims.

"It is a major paradox of the digital era that some of the world's richest, most innovative companies are able to market incredibly sophisticated devices without being required to show where they source raw materials for their components," said executive director of Afrewatch (Africa Resources Watch) Emmanuel Umpula.

"The abuses in mines remain out of sight and out of mind because in today's global marketplace, consumers have no idea about the conditions at the mine, factory and assembly line. We found that traders are buying cobalt without asking questions about how and where it was mined."

Mark Dummett, business and human rights researcher at Amnesty said that mining was "one of the worst forms of child labour".

"The glamorous shop displays and marketing of state of the art technologies are a stark contrast to the children carrying bags of rocks and miners in narrow man-made tunnels risking permanent lung damage," he said.

"Millions of people enjoy the benefits of new technologies but rarely ask how they are made. It is high time the big brands took some responsibility for the mining of the raw materials that make their lucrative products.

"Companies whose global profits total $125bn (£86.7bn) cannot credibly claim that they are unable to check where key minerals in their productions come from," he said.

It should be noted that the majority of the children working in the mining industry in DRC do not enter the underground mines but perform a variety of tasks on the surface, including scavenging for ore and sorting minerals that have been mined underground.
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Source: BBC News, Jane Wakefield, 19 Jan 2016

Fight resumes against mast
United Kingdom Created: 20 Jan 2016
Residents are gearing up for the second time to fight against plans for a mobile phone mast site close to schools and a busy junction.

The successful No Mast Plumstead group has re-formed as a revised application, by Vodafone Limited and Telefonica UK Limited, has been submitted following the one turned down by Greenwich council at the end of last year.

The site is to be overseen by Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd (CTIL) following the two companies’ agreement to jointly run a single network grid across the UK.

The application for the site in Brewery Road at the junction with Piedmont Road, is for a ground level outside electricity sub-station with a 12.5-metre telecommunications mast, compared to one rising to 15m in the earlier application. The aim is to improve mobile coverage in the SE18 area.

But Alison Miller, from Orissa Road, told the Mercury: “We were gutted to find out a new application had been submitted for exactly the same site. We have only just patted ourselves on the back for seeing off the previous one. We are appalled - It is just the wrong place, it is close to three primary schools and will have a very serious visual impact.

“It is also a major hazard for traffic as it is right by the pavement and juts out and so it will obscure views for drivers. We find it very puzzling as it is at the lower level of a hill so we would have thought that the signal would be impacted by being overshadowed by the hill.

“It is particularly galling because the site is within 10 minutes’ walk away from lots of industrial brownfield areas which would be much more suitable."

The campaigners are highlighting that most schemes like this tend not to be on ground level but are located on high buildings out of sight.

A spokeswoman for Vodafone said: “Vodafone and O2 customers expect to be able to use their mobiles and devices where they live, work and travel.

“Base stations are low powered devices which cover approximately half a mile in radius, therefore we have to put base stations close to our customers. We have identified that we need to improve coverage in Plumstead and have proposed a new base station at Brewery Road.”
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Source: South London Press, Mandy Little, 19 Jan 2016

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