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Scientists rustle up snail solution with microwave
Australia Created: 27 Feb 2015
RESEARCHERS at the Department of Agriculture and Food WA have shown low doses of microwave radiation can completely eradicate snail populations in localised areas.

It is hoped this knowledge will become another weapon for WA growers in their fight against a pest currently estimated to cause more than $6 million of damage to yields annually.

DAFWA senior research officer John Moore says the research came from the merger of two diverse projects.

"For several years, we've been looking at using microwave technology against weed banks, and we now know from grain monitoring that snails are an emerging problem in Western Australia—one for which we don't yet have any good controls," Mr Moore says.

"Really, it was about putting those two things together and being open to using technology in different ways."

Laboratory testing was done with a standard kitchen microwave fitted with horn antennae to direct microwave radiation at infested soil.

A seven-second dose of microwave radiation resulted in complete snail control.

Technique best for targeted applications

However, Mr Moore cautions that while the concept has been proven, the technology is not a complete solution.

"Microwaving can't really be done on a wide scale due to cost and speed, but it is good for killing resistant patches of weed or pests," he says.

"This technology could be quite feasible to control snails at a cost of $10-20 per hectare, where there are small infestations.

"If your entire field is affected, it's not going to be cost-competitive against traditional methods such as using chemicals.

"With that said, it could be very useful for organic farms."

When developed into a commercial device, the microwave applicator could be paired with another innovation being pursued by Mr Moore and grain grower Tim Harrington from Cordering, WA.

They're currently designing a device to detect and GPS-map contaminants in grain as it is being harvested.

The prototype will analyse images in real-time to detect annual ryegrass, three-horned bedstraw and small conical (pointed) snails, which typically occur in patches.

"The device could aid early detection, enabling a more rapid and effective response," Mr Moore says.

These endeavours add to Mr Moore's outside-the-box approaches to biological problems, which include the development of a quadcopter equipped with a camera and sprayer to target and treat invasive tree species in hard-to-access locations.

"Because the chemical is applied straight down, you get very little peripheral damage," he says.

Mr Moore presented as part of the 2015 WA Agribusiness Crop Updates conference.
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Source: Science Network Western Australia, Rob Payne, 26 Feb 2015

Environment ministry’s false mobile radiation information draws CIC ire
India Created: 27 Feb 2015
NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission ( CIC) has pulled up the environment ministry for providing "false and misleading" information that it had conducted no study on the harmful effects of mobile radiation. It has also asked the ministry to explain why it allowed unrestricted installation of mobile towers and not formulated a policy on it.

The commission was hearing a case related to RTI applicant Suresh Chandra Guptha who sought information related to a WHO study that said electromagnetic waves from mobile towers could be possible carcinogens for a kind of brain cancer.

The applicant sought to know whether the environment ministry had declared these radio waves as air pollutants, details of steps taken by the ministry to reduce their impact, and if any study was done to measure the harmful biological effects of waves emanating from cell phone towers on human health.

The ministry said it had not undertaken or sponsored any such study. However, during the hearing it came to light that there was an inter-ministerial group which studied the matter and submitted a report in 2010.

Information commissioner Shridhar Acharyulu expressed "surprise" that the ministry claimed there was no study when an inter-ministerial group in 2010 and the WHO had said there was adverse impact of radiation on human health and made several suggestions on the "crucial issue".

"The commission found that the answer of the CPIO in response to this RTI request is false and misleading. The ministry said there is no report when they knew or presumed to have known the content of both the reports -- by WHO and the inter-ministerial group," the order said.

"The commission is surprised that the respondent authority knew that the report was submitted by the inter-ministerial group, but officers neither cared to submit the copy of the report nor read it. The commission could trace the report from the websites of department of telecommunication and DDA," Acharyulu, who issued a show cause notice to the ministry, said.

The report of the inter-ministerial group highlighted the adverse effects of radiation on human health and made very specific recommendations of not permitting cell towers near schools, residential colonies and hospitals, he said.

Acharyulu also came down heavily on Delhi Development Authority, asking it to explain why it was propagating false information that there was no adverse effects of radiation on human beings and carrying on with the installation of mobile towers.

The commission also directed Delhi government to probe reasons for ignoring "vital" reports on harmful effects of mobile towers on human health while giving permission for installation of mobile towers on roof tops. Acharyulu instructed the chief minister's office to inform people about measures to be initiated in relation to recommendations of the 2010 report and also by the WHO.
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Source: Times of India, 23 Feb 2015

Victory for campaigners as plans for 'gigantic' mast are scrapped
United Kingdom Created: 27 Feb 2015
CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans for a “gigantic” 82-foot mobile phone mast in picturesque countryside are celebrating victory as the firm behind the mast has agreed to seek an alternative site.

Telecoms giant Arqiva’s application to erect the mast on land at Little Durnford Farm in the Woodford Valley sparked more than 130 objection letters.

Many said the mast would ruin unspoiled views, while others raised concerns over potential health problems and impact on wildlife.

Now the firm has put its plans on hold, with talks to find another location for the mast - still within the Woodford Valley - imminent.

“It’s a fine bit of democracy working,” said campaigner Joe Studholme. “The right result has come for the valley.

Thanks to all those people who wrote in with their objections, they have changed their minds. I hope very much we will be able to find a suitable alternative site so we will stop being a ‘notspot’.”

Campaigner Helen Warner said: “It’s wonderful that such a large and diverse number of people came together to show their support for conserving this beautiful area. It just shows how strongly people feel about safeguarding our bridleways and views, for future generations to enjoy.”

In the end, 134 letters of objection were received, including one from Ivy Portnall, which said: “I do not have a mobile phone, and at 92 years of age am unlikely to be getting one any time soon.

I do have, however, reasonable eyesight, and would hate to have to look out of my window and see this proposed monstrosity.”

An Arqiva spokesman said: “We can confirm that the application has not been withdrawn, but that we are still having discussions on all proposed options and their benefits with the local community. We endeavour to find the most suitable mast location in the area in agreement with the local planning authority, land owners and local residents and we hope to have this concluded in the coming weeks.”
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Source: Salibury Journal, Joe Riddle, 26 Feb 2017

Electrohypersensitivity – In January 2015, how far from January 1945 were we?
Sweden Created: 25 Feb 2015
I will always remember January 2015. That month we all commemorated the terrifying atrocities performed by the Nazis in the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau; it was then 70 years after the camp had been liberated by the Allied forces. It is with an enormous sense of shame and guilt one watches the films and written documents describing what happened then, and the role certain medical doctors had in the horrible experiments and brutal killings of Jews, Romani, Slavs, communists, and the functionally impaired persons.

By Olle Johansson, associate professor in neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

The parallels between January 2015 and January 1945 are present and real. In January 2015, we could witness in Sweden a huge massmedia-based attack launched against persons with the functional impairment called electrohypersensitivity. They were accused of not having a proper diagnosis, no proofs to back their claims of ill health when exposed to the moderns society’s artifical electrosmog, and so it was meant that they obviously should not be entitled to any economic support from the Swedish state.

Medical doctors (including the head of the Swedish Medical Association, Dr. Heidi Stensmyren!), journalists, reporters, news anchors, and newspaper editors, all participated in this witch-hunt, and views such as:

Please read the Whole Article at link: http://newsvoice.se/2015/02/24/electrohypersensitivity-in-january-2015-how-far-from-january-1945-were-we/
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Source: Prof. Olle Johansen/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Internet of Crappy Things (or: how you can even remotely hack a carwash - with ease)
Russia Created: 22 Feb 2015
Lately, there has been a lot of talk about the Internet of Things (IoT) among IT professionals - It means that all things should be connected: refrigerators, coffee machines, TVs, microwaves, fitness bands, and drones. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.

It just so happens that due to some peculiarities of the online community, solely consumer electronics enjoy media coverage when it comes to the IoT. In reality, the IoT is not just about home electronics.

There is a flood of appliances which could be connected – and some are connected – without a second thought as to whether or not it’s necessary. Most people barely give a second thought that a hack of a smart-connected appliance could be dangerous and a lot more threatening than a simple PC hack.

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Source: Kaspersky IT Security blog, Alex Drozhzhin, 19 Feb 2015

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.

*SNIP* read the entire letter via the source link below...
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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:

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.

Download the report via the source link below...
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Source: EMR Australia PL, Lyn McLean, 17 Feb 2015

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