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Marine Authority demands powerline protection for Swedish Eel
Sweden Created: 19 Feb 2015
The new electric cable that is to be connected to the Swedish mainland, may affect eel migration - Eel get confused when swimming near power cables, it has been observed at Oland.

The Marine and Water Authority, HaV, therefore wants Swedish Powergrid to ensure shielding of the cable so that the electromagnetic radiation is as little as possible, says Linus Hammar, an administrator the marine authority.

The authority is not opposed to the power cable being connected to the mainland by sea, on the contrary HaV believe that it will be better for the marine environment if more wind power is constructed, which this cable will enable.

But the authority has criticized the environmental impact assessment that Swedish Powergrid submitted.
On March 5, negotiations will take place in the Court of Land and Environment at Växjö District Court.

Swedish Powergrid, which will build the power cable to the mainland, are saying they will build it so that eel migration is not disturbed.

- If The cables are placed close together it will minimize the magnetic field around the wires and therefore the impact on wildlife, says Olof KLINGVALL who is the press secretary of the Swedish Powergrid.
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Source: Sveriges Radio, Translated by MV, 10 Feb 2015

Secrecy surrounding EU expert groups must end
Belgium Created: 19 Feb 2015
The EU’s Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has this week criticised the secrecy that still surrounds the powerful experts groups called upon to help the European Commission draft EU legislation.

In a statement issued Friday, she demanded greater transparency from the secretive European Commission expert groups and criticised the EU for not opening them up to greater public scrutiny.

She stated:

“There is room for improvement if we want to be sure that the public can trust and scrutinise the work of these important groups,”

She has also called on anyone who wants to join an expert group to be signed up to the transparency register and called into question the practise whereby organisations appear in expert groups under different names.

In a letter to EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, she wrote:

“The fact that the same organisation may be labelled differently in different expert groups is difficult to comprehend,”

Expert Groups are created on an ad hoc basis to help in the preparation of the EU’s legislative proposals and policy initiatives, the preparation of its delegated acts and the implementation of existing EU legislation, programmes and policies.

While those responsibilities may seem innocuous to someone unfamiliar with EU policy-making, the expert groups are regarded as highly influential in shaping EU legislation in its early stages. Companies spend millions of euros lobbying Brussels’ institutions and having direct access to an expert group is seen as one of the best ways of shaping legislation. Better still is the possibility that companies can, controversially, have one of their representatives appointed to the expert groups.

Such obvious conflicts of interest have not gone unnoticed. Expert groups have been a controversial aspect of EU law-making since the Commission first gained the powers to propose legislation.

In a 2014 report, Pro-transparency group Corporate Europe Observatory revealed big companies had scientists issuing opinions in expert groups on toxic chemicals they themselves manufactured. The problem was also highlighted in an expert group on tax where some of the ‘independent’ panelists were working for accountancy firms Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PwC.

While the Commission pleads, in its defence, that it tries to make the groups as balanced “as far as possible”, O’Reilly has called on the balance to be mandatory and legally binding – a position that the AECR strongly.
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Source: AECR, via email from Iris Atzmon, 18 Feb 2015

Letter of Notice Served on Mr Richard Adams EESC Member Foreign and Commonwealth Office of UK Govt.
United Kingdom Created: 18 Feb 2015
Letter of Notice holding EESC member Richard Adams personally accountable for betraying public trust by ignoring evidence on the hazards of RF/EMF.

The Radiation Research Trust is calling for Mr Adams’s appointment or re-appointment as a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to be terminated due to his serious breach of duty and faith as a member of the EESC.

The Radiation Research Trust also calls for the annulment of the EESC counter-opinion and for the original opinion to be reconsidered.

This letter of notice is issued by the UK Radiation Research Trust in support of millions of peopleestimated to be between 22,000,000 and 37,000,000 throughout Europewho are currently suffering with electromagnetic hypersensitivity due to exposure to the proliferation of mobile phones, DECT cordless phones, cordless baby monitors, phone masts, WiFi, smart meters and the smart grid.

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Source: Radiation Research Trust, 18 Feb 2015

Astroturf! or how Industry manipulates media messages with an Army of Scribes
USA Created: 17 Feb 2015
In this eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages.

Watch the 10 minute talk here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bYAQ-ZZtEU

Sharyl Attkisson is an investigative journalist based in Washington D.C. She is currently writing a book entitled Stonewalled (Harper Collins), which addresses the unseen influences of corporations and special interests on the information and images the public receives every day in the news and elsewhere. For twenty years (through March 2014), Attkisson was a correspondent for CBS News. In 2013, she received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her reporting on “The Business of Congress,” which included an undercover investigation into fundraising by Republican freshmen. She also received Emmy nominations in 2013 for Benghazi: Dying for Security and Green Energy Going Red. Additionally, Attkisson received a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award as part of the CBS Sunday Morning team’s entry for Outstanding Morning Program for her report: “Washington Lobbying: K-Street Behind Closed Doors.” In September 2012, Attkisson also received an Emmy for Oustanding Investigative Journalism for the “Gunwalker: Fast and Furious” story. She received the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting for the same story. Attkisson received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2009 for her exclusive investigations into TARP and the bank bailout. She received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2002 for her series of exclusive reports about mismanagement at the Red Cross.
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Source: TEDx University of Nevada, Sharyl Attkisson, 06 Feb 2015

EMR Australia's March 2015 newsletter is available
Australia Created: 17 Feb 2015
EMR and Health: Free quarterly news and science report on electromagnetic radiation and health.

The March issue has a great deal of valuable information that we hope you’ll enjoy reading, including:

- France’s new law to reduce exposure to wireless radiation;
- a recent Australian study on smart meters and how they’re affecting people;
- an interview with the study’s author, Dr Federica Lamech;
- the European Union’s new position on electromagnetic hypersensitivity;
- sleeping on spring coil mattresses - is it a good idea?
- chemical sensitivity;
- how digital technology affects sleep;
- a new Australian book on chemical and electromagnetic sensitivity by Diana Crumpler;
- the latest news and research and items of interest from around the world.

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Source: EMR Australia PL, Lyn McLean, 17 Feb 2015

Mobile phone update
Malta Created: 15 Feb 2015
It is always useful to keep aware of new health research and updates regarding mobile phone usage.

Exactly 30 years ago last month, the world’s first mobile phone call was made – from a device weighing four kilos and costing £4,000.

The change in size, weight and cost of devices today has probably led to three-quarters of the human race owning a mobile device, the fastest growing technology on the planet.

Joel Moskowitz of the University of California, Berkley School of Public Health, US, says: “This is the largest technological experiment in the history of our species, with potential health risks we still know next to nothing about.”

This view is shared by Denis Henshaw, professor of human radiation effects at Bristol University, UK, who said: “Vast numbers of people are using mobile phones and this could be a time bomb of health problems.”

However, over the past 20 years there has been a plethora of official reports on the safety of mobile phones and other wireless technologies, which have concluded that these devices pose no significant risk to health. Nevertheless, a group of scientists got together in the mid-2000s, calling themselves the BioInitiative Working Group.

This group, which largely consisted of wireless radiation researchers, has written a harsh reply as feedback to the reports. The reply lists a wide range of health effects scientists at the European Commission have either ignored or dismissed.

Today we’ll look at the list and some of the contributory comments.

Cancer is the obvious start. An early concern with mobile technology was clusters of the disease around those living near phone masts. One study in Israel found a 4.5-fold increase in cancers of all kinds in the immediate vicinity of a mast (Int. J. Cancer Prev., 2004). In 2009, a Korean team of researchers carried out a pool analysis of the results of 23 studies, which involved almost 38,000 subjects.
Over the past 20 years there has been a plethora of reports on the safety of mobile phones

A significant positive association was found in the studies that were blinded (researchers didn’t know who were mobile phone users and who weren’t). They found a “harmful effect” between mobiles and tumours of the brain, head and neck (J. Clin. Oncol., 2009).

Moving on to brain tumours, studies by five independent research groups have revealed significantly increased risks of a benign tumour of the cranial nerve supplying the ear. This grows slowly and must be removed in a major operation that can result in permanent facial paralysis. Other risks found were cancer of the glial cells (including neurons) of the nervous system and cancer of the meninges, the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord.

A French study carried out in 2014 by the National Institute of Health and Medical Research found almost three times more gliomas in long-term heavy mobile phone users (in some cases this stretched to six times more).

Japanese researchers found more than a threefold extra risk of acoustic neuromas in people using mobiles for more than 20 minutes a day for five years.

The most compelling evidence though comes from a Swedish team of cancer experts whose research stretches back 15 years. The results clearly demonstrate “a consistent association between long-term use of mobile and cordless phones and glioma and acoustic neuroma”.

Overall, they found that using a mobile for more than a decade significantly increases the risk of a malignant tumour by almost two times with an analogue cell phone and by nearly four times with a digital phone. Interestingly, the risks were even higher for people who had started using mobiles as teenagers.

In a separate study by the same Swedish team, they found more than seven times the risk among people using a mobile for more than 20 years and 6.5 times the risk for long-term users of cordless phones.

As expected, most of the gliomas and acoustic neuromas were on the same side of the head which was usually exposed to the phone. In the 2013 official report on the medical evidence for brain tumours, the International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that radiation from mobile phones is “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.

Breast cancer is an interesting health risk to link to a mobile phone. Studies linking phones to this type of cancer are weak. However, there is strong anecdotal evidence that mobiles carried in women’s bras can directly affect the breast tissue and cause cancer.

Last September, Californian oncologists reported four similar case histories of young women who had developed breast cancer in precisely the areas where they normally carried their smartphones.

What shocked the doctors was that these women were aged 21 to 39 and had no family history or other risk factors relating to cancer. All their cancers “had striking similarity, all tumours were hormone positive… (with) an extensive intraductal component and… near-identical morphology.” (CaseRepMed., 2013).

Next week, we will look at further health effects and pointers to using your mobile phone safely.
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Source: Times of Malta, Kathryn Borg, 15 Feb 2015

The GameChanger: revision of dosimetry by Schmid & Kuster (a must-read!)
Finland Created: 12 Feb 2015
In the spring of 1999, while I was still working as an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital, I took part in the planning meeting of the EU REFLEX Project. At that time I was virtually unknown in the area of cell phone radiation research and for the invitation to join REFLEX project I need to thank Bernard Veyret, whom I meet once, at the radiation meeting in Capri.

Two persons, one present and one absent from the REFLEX meeting, impacted heavily on the direction of the research executed by my group at STUK.

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Source: BRHP blog, Dariusz Leszczynski, 12 Feb 2015

UK Govt. pumping £50 million into free Wi-Fi on Trains
United Kingdom Created: 12 Feb 2015
Rail passengers will benefit from free wi-fi on trains across England and Wales from 2017, Rail Minister Claire Perry announced today (11 February 2015).

Train operators are being asked to set how they will meet the commitment to provide this important service for passengers. All train operators bidding for new franchises and direct award agreements will have to include this specification in their bid.

Where there is no new franchise agreement due in the next 2 years, almost £50 million of funding will be released from the Department for Transport to ensure wi-fi is available on selected services from 2017. The operators in this group are:

- Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN)
- Southeastern
- Chiltern
- Arriva Trains Wales.

Rail Minister Claire Perry said:

I am determined to improve journeys for rail passengers. Free wi-fi is a priority for many as being able to keep up with work, connect with friends or even check the latest journey information online helps make rail travel more productive.

We are investing record amounts in the rail network as part of our long-term economic plan, and this investment, coupled with major works such as the Thameslink programme, new Intercity Express trains and the Northern Hub, will ensure that passengers will soon have a railway fit for the 21st century.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

As someone who regularly travels from the north of Scotland around the country, I appreciate the value of fast, cheap internet connections on trains for both leisure and business travellers. That’s why the government is earmarking around £50 million to provide free wi-fi on trains; this and our other franchising improvements mean that nearly three-quarters of rail journeys will be made on trains with wi-fi provision.

The department has challenged rail industry operators to begin installing equipment as soon as possible to deliver wi-fi by 2017.

The operators will now work with the department to develop detailed proposals identifying the most appropriate services and routes to benefit. Funding will be awarded subject to satisfactory proposals being received from TSGN, Southeastern, Chiltern, and Arriva Trains Wales.

Some operators have already installed equipment to provide improved mobile coverage on-board their trains, or are in the process of doing so. By targeting the investment at franchises that would otherwise have no immediate plans to introduce wi-fi, the government is ensuring that as many passengers as possible benefit.

The £47.8 million funding is money that Network Rail has been required to return to the government for missing punctuality targets set by the Office of Rail Regulation. It is the first time such money has been reinvested into improvements targeted at passengers.

Out of the £53.1 million total penalty against Network Rail, £5.3 million has been allocated to the Scottish government, in line with the proportion of the penalty paid by Network Rail for late train running in Scotland.
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Source: Gov.uk, Department for Transport / HM Treasury / Claire Perry MP and The Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, 11 Feb 2015

Interview with Author of new French radiofrequency protection law
USA Created: 9 Feb 2015
On January 29th, French lawmaker Laurence Abeille (Europe Ecologie-Greens) made history when her law regulating public exposure to radiofrequency radiation was adopted. The law (2) “on sobriety, transparency, information and consultation for exposure to electromagnetic waves” is the first such law in France and Ms. Abeille thinks the first in Europe at a national level.

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Source: Andrew Geller, 08 Feb 2015

Man on cell phone misses huge whale right in front of his face
USA Created: 7 Feb 2015
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a -- whale! Unfortunately, when you're glued to your cell phone, you'll probably never notice any of these things.

That was the case with one "whale watcher" in California who was staring at his phone so intently, he failed to see the giant humpback swimming just two feet away.

While the man may have missed it, a professional photographer about 50 feet across from him did not.

Eric Smith, creative director for CBS EcoMedia Inc., captured a photo of the oblivious man next to the breached whale and posted it on Instagram Tuesday, calling it a sign of the times.

"Hey dude! Stop texting. There's an enormous humpback whale two feet from your boat!" the caption read on Smith's post, which has received nearly 300 likes.

He told CBS News that he got the shot while photographing a mom and her calf on Redondo Beach a few weeks ago.

"A mom was out there with her calf, flapping, breaching, jumping, mouths eating fish -- it was fantastic," Smith said. And then there was this man, "he never moved from his phone."

While scrolling through the 100 or so photos he took of the whales, Smith said he noticed about five that showed the whale next to the sailboat, and the man happened to be in the background.

Women could be seen taking pictures from the front of the small sailboat, but the man was like "a statue in every photograph," Smith said.

To be fair, Smith said he had no idea what the man was doing on his phone. He could have recently taken photos and was the middle of looking at them when he missed it.

"The point is, he missed the whole thing," Smith said.

If this isn't a sign that we're becoming addicted to our devices, what is?

"I've been there, I get lost in the phone too," Smith said. "But this is really indicative that we have some serious issues to work through."

Instagram users all seem to agree on one thing: "He missed out on something incredible."
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Source: CBS Mews, Jennifer Earl, 04 Feb 2015

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