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Citing concerns over long-term health effects, some Beaconsfield residents are angry at the location...
Canada Created: 22 Jun 2015
Beaconsfield residents angered over cell antenna - CTV News Montreal, 20th June 2015 (Video/article) Citing concerns over long-term health effects, some Beaconsfield residents are angry at the location for a proposed cell phone antenna. Scott Hebert, who lives near the site in question, said he was unaware of any plans until a Telus truck showed up and workers informed him that they’d be installing the equipment on a hydro pole near his house and across the street from a park. “They said they were going to be installing a cell phone antenna on the hydro pole, which is right in front of our house near our kids' bedrooms,” said Hebert. It was only after residents persuaded the workers not to install the antenna that day that they received a flyer in the mail detailing the project. “I thought it was surprising that there was absolutely no information beforehand for residents,” said Eric Martin, another Beaconsfield resident who expressed concern. While the general consensus among experts is that the antennas don’t generate enough radiation to cause health damage at the cellular level, that isn’t enough for parents who are concerned about the lack of data on long-term effects, especially when it comes to children. “I’m very concerned,” said Debbie Sarik, who also lives near the hydro pole. “I’m the mom of three young kids and the studies I’ve been able to look, some say it’s safe, some say it’s not. I think the truth is we don’t know.” After a petition garnered over 100 signatures, Beaconsfield city council voted to pass it along to the Federal government. MP for Lac-Saint-Louis Francis Scarpaleggia addressed the issue during question period, asking Industry Minister James Moore why companies were required by law to consult residents about installing cellphone towers, but not about installing antennas on existing structures. “The regulations, when applied, actually don’t allow for that loophold,” said Moore. “I’m happy to talk to the member and find out what’s happening in his district.” Scarpaleggia said he wants to “bring the phone company and the residents together, and we’d like to have someone from the city present so we can start the discussion.” When reached for comment, a representative for Telus said the company plans to review its processes for notifying residents of antenna installations. “Once we heard that there were concerns, that's when we sent out letters to residents and halted the process, to make sure we could address everyone's concerns,” said the spokesperson.
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Alexander Lerchl has met his Waterloo, His fraud allegation against the REFLEX Study is unlawful
Germany Created: 22 Jun 2015
Berlin, June 12, 2015
The long lasting attacks of Alexander Lerchl from the private Jacob University in Bremen on the results of the EU-funded REFLEX Study, have been brought to a sudden and dramatic end by the Hamburg district court. A lab technician whom he accused of having faked the REFLEX results which showed a DNA-damaging potential of mobile communication radiation, had lodged a complaint because of a violation of her personal rights on August 19, 2014. The court decision dated March 13, 2015, became effective on April 21, 2015 [1], and I translate from the decision:
The admissible complaint is well founded [….]. The disputed remarks violate the plaintiff with regard to her common personal rights [....]. Deliberately untrue factual allegations and those, whose falsehood is already certain at the time being made, must not be accepted [….].
Finally, the court warned Alexander Lerchl to cease his attacks on the lab technician. However, he did not shy away from destroying her professional life in his effort to remove the results of the REFLEX Study from the scientific literature – this was the sole purpose for his unwarranted attack on this young woman.
Be it on his own or, more likely, by order from the mobile communication industry, Alexander Lerchl, a former member of the German Commission on Radiological Protection, has since 2007 worked to ruin the credibility of the REFLEX Study. The results of this work are in sharp contrast to Lerchl's previous findings that support the view that mobile communication radiation is harmless. After all, Lerchl's "right" opinion not only drew the support of industry and government for his radiation-friendly pseudo-research, but also had gained his personal promotion to the position of Germany’s top radiation protector [2].
For years, German daily and weekly newspapers as well as news magazines uncritically supported Alexander Lerchl’s fraud allegations against the REFLEX Study. It was certainly not their intention to do a personal favour to him, but rather to the mobile communication industry whose advertising budgets may have stifled the professional ethics of the publishers. It remains to be seen how the media will react to the Hamburg court decision which highlighted Alexander Lerchl’s intellectual and character deficits. This court decision is especially timely since this "expert" for the harmlessness of the mobile communication radiation was most recently forced to change his mind by the findings of his own research group [3].
After all the years of stating that mobile communication radiation is harmless and attacking the findings of researchers who found harmful effects, Alexander Lerchl is either on the way to Damascus or has met his Waterloo.

Professor Franz Adlkofer, M.D.
Chairman of the Board

wissenschaft@stiftung-pandora.eu | +49 (0)170 5253300 | http://www.pandora-foundation.eu

[1] http://www.pandora-foundation.eu/archive/2012/the-exposure-limits-supposed-to-protect-the-people.html
[2] http://www.pandora-foundation.eu/archive/2014/elisabeth-kratochvil-sues-alexander-lerchl.html
[3] http://www.pandora-foundation.eu/downloads/adlkofer_-statement-on-lerchl-09-03-2015.pdf
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Source: Robert Riedlinger/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Study: 6th mass extinction already underway - and we're the cause
USA Created: 20 Jun 2015
The Earth's sixth mass extinction is already underway — and humans are the driving force behind it, according to a new study.

"Recent extinction rates are unprecedented in human history and highly unusual in Earth's history," according to a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances. "Our global society has started to destroy species of other organisms at an accelerating rate, initiating a mass extinction episode unparalleled for 65 million years."

Researchers used "extremely conservative assumptions" to determine extinction rates that prevailed in the past five annihilation events. Still, they found the average rate of vertebrate species lost over the past century was up to 114 times higher than normal.

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Source: USA Today, Katharine Lackey, 20 Jun 2015

Cell Phones and WiFi are a "Serious Public Health Issue" - Canadian Parliamentary Report
Canada Created: 19 Jun 2015
Cancer, infertility, and learning disabilities might be caused by our cell phones and WiFi, according to a new Parliamentary report.

The microwave radiation from our little wireless devices is now a "serious public health issue" according to the report delivered Tuesday by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health (HESA).

The unanimous report recommends Canadian doctors be taught to recognize the symptoms associated with using common wireless devices.

It also recommends parents be taught the risks of wireless radiation to ensure their families are safe at home and at school.

The Committee heard from wireless industry representatives as well as international scientists working on the health fall-out from our increasingly wireless world.

The Conservatives, Liberals, and NDP agreed that Health Canada has left Canadians at risk by ignoring or dismissing the growing evidence that shows our favourite devices like tablets and smart phones may be harmful, especially to children.

During the hearings four international experts testified that Health Canada is "either unwilling or not competent" to judge current scientific evidence that wireless radiation is harmful to our health.

"This Committee finally gave a voice to the scientists," said Frank Clegg, former President of Microsoft Canada who is now CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST).

"It reached across Party lines to tell Canadians we deserve to be protected. Health Canada has to stop hiding behind the worst countries on this issue, and instead catch up with countries like France and Belgium where you can't market a cell phone to children anymore, or expose children to Wi-Fi in a daycare," said Clegg.

The committee also recommends that federal workplaces recognize employees who have developed electro-hypersensitivity.

Full text of Report and transcripts from Hearings: http://www.c4st.org/HESARecommendations
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Source: Sys-Con Media, PR Newswire, 18 Jun 2015

Drones could be used to boost mobile network coverage on trains
United Kingdom Created: 17 Jun 2015
The government is exploring plans for unmanned drones to follow trains around the country as part of a consultation on improving network coverage on-board.
Drones are one of extreme potential solutions to the problem of poor coverage. Other options include tethered balloons to boost coverage, high-gain external antennae and mobile network operators using Network Rail infrastructure – such as masts, facilities and telecommunications – to provide continuous coverage.
Ministers are consulting on these options and more to find the best way to end dropped calls and intermittent internet access during rail travel.
“Dropped calls and intermittent access to the internet are frustrations felt by many rail passengers. Mobile communications are so important to passengers that free Wi-Fi now appears in the top ten priorities for improvement according to a major survey last year,” the rail minister Claire Perry and culture minister Ed Vaizey wrote.
“This call for evidence is instrumental to ensure we get the best possible deal for passengers and give them the mobile connectivity they want and need, both now and in the years to come.”
There are ten potential solutions included in the consultation, four on-train options and six off-train.

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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Places to avoid visiting if you are EHS: And yes, we are: "ALL IN IT TOGETHER"! aren´t we??
United Kingdom Created: 17 Jun 2015
Hospitality WiFi that works PMS, 24/7 Guest Support & Reporting
Select a city below in United Kingdom to find free wi-fi hotspots
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Digital Train Radio System network planned for railway
Australia Created: 14 Jun 2015
RAILCORP is planning to build 17 communication masts up to 30 metres tall, along the rail corridor south of Sydney.
Consultation has begun with local residents about the construction of the communication masts between Carlton, Port Kembla and Dunmore as part of a critical safety system recommended by the Waterfall train accident inquiry, RailCorp said.
“The communication masts support a new Digital Train Radio System (DTRS) being installed across the electrified network, replacing old analogue radios,” RailCorp spokesman said.
The train radio system will be installed at 17 locations, including: Albion Park, Bellambi, Bulli, Carlton, Coniston, Dapto, Dunmore, Fairy Meadow, Flinders, Hurstville, Kembla Grange, Lysaghts, Port Kembla North, Thirroul, Unanderra, Wollongong, and Yallah.
RailCorp Project Manager Tony Cunningham said new masts need to be erected by the rail line to allow the DTRS to operate.
“A Review of Environmental Factors for the sites is now on display at these locations and available on the RailCorp website, with feedback being collected for three weeks. We have also been speaking with local residents about the initiative,” Mr Cunningham said.
“The masts will be between 10 and 30 metres tall, with most around 20 metres tall, and will include a concrete base and some equipment cabinets. Where possible, the project will look to add the new technology to existing structures. “
The DTRS will be a secure digital train radio system designed to provide reliable voice and data communications, Mr Cunningham said.
“Unlike mobile phone towers which broadcast their signals in all directions, the DTRS masts will broadcast signals along the rail lines to ensure trains receive accurate information from controllers.”
Construction for the DTRS has started at the first six sites including Sutherland, Engadine, Loftus, Waterfall, Heathcote and Goomera Ridge.
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A leading Melbourne doctor is blaming mobile phones for an escalation in brain cancer
Australia Created: 13 Jun 2015
Dr John Tickell has fought his own cancer battle and claims radiation is the link.

He says it should be a wake up call for anyone who uses a mobile phone.

Dr Tickell was a on a flight from Sydney to Melbourne when he suffered a seizure. A subsequent brain scan revealed five tumours; one was the size of a golf ball.

"It's maybe the scariest words you'll ever hear, 'you have brain cancer'," Dr Tickell said.

Now in remission, Dr Tickell believes radiation is a significant contributing factor to the increasing rate in brain tumours.

"There's a million more times radiation in the air today than there was fifty years ago - that is frightening," he said.

Some 35 Australians are diagnosed with brain cancer every week.

Christian Althaus, of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, said: "The exhaustive studies that have been done to date have found no link, we expect that to continue but science will continue to examine this issue."

The most comprehensive study involved 5000 brain cancer patients worldwide.

While it found there was no increased risk of cancer overall, those who used their mobile phones were up to 40 per cent more likely to develop Glioma, a common type of brain cancer.

The 32 million mobiles in use in Australia carry a little know warning that the phone should be held at least 5mm away from the body.

While neurosurgeons believe the rise in brain cancer can be attributed to better diagnosis, patients remain worried.

"It's probably the most common question asked, but all you can say is there is no definite evidence," Neurosurgeon Andrew Kaye said.

If you're concerned about mobile phone use, the advice is:

- Use a headset
- Limit phone calls
- Text instead
- Regularly swap ears
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Source: 7News Melbourne, 11 May 2015

Cell tower on Deering High roof undergoes tests after fish die in classroom
USA Created: 12 Jun 2015
Responding to some teachers’ concerns about health risks, the Portland School District hired a company to test the level of radio frequency emissions from a cell tower on the roof of Deering High School this week.

Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk said the teachers’ concerns were the first he’d heard regarding the tower, which has been in place since 2006. He ordered the tests after a biology teacher reported that fish she kept in Room 305 – located right below the tower – kept dying.

According to the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute, most scientists agree that emissions from cellphone antennas or towers are unlikely to cause cancer.

“To date there is no evidence from studies of cells, animals or humans that radio frequency energy can cause cancer,” the National Cancer Institute says on its website.

The Federal Communications Commission says radio frequency emissions from antennas used for cell towers result in exposure levels on the ground that are typically thousands of times below safety limits. The agency monitors RF radiation for possible impact on the environment, including human exposure, according to the FCC website.

“There is no reason to believe that such towers could constitute a potential health hazard to nearby residents or students,” the website says.

However, critics of cell towers note that cellphone emissions are classified by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer as possibly carcinogenic to humans. In a 10-year review of research from 13 countries, the agency didn’t find a causal relationship between radio frequency energy and cancer, but couldn’t rule out the possibility.


“This has actually been the subject of debate for many years,” said Ali Abedi, a University of Maine associate professor of electrical and computer engineering who has done wireless communication research for almost 20 years, including for NASA, the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation.

Abedi doubts the fish died from proximity to the tower, because radio frequency waves barely penetrate water. They also don’t damage DNA like X-rays do, but instead generate heat, the same way that microwaves operate. An excessively high concentration of radio waves from a cell tower could, hypothetically, cause a burn or excessive heat.

“Maybe if (the fish) spent a lot of time on the surface,” Abedi said, noting that no conclusions could be reached unless experiments on the fish were done in a controlled, scientific manner. “I really doubt this is the cause of the fish dying.”

Joel Moskowitz, director of the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Family and Community Health, is among those advocating for stricter cellphone and cell tower standards and warnings. Moskowitz, who was a postdoctoral fellow in Evaluation Research and Methodology at Northwestern University, believes people should be more concerned about emissions from cellphones and cell towers based on his review of studies that linked cellphone emissions and biological problems in humans.

“We can’t just assume because the exposure is low from a cell tower that you’re OK,” he said.

Deering High biology teacher Polly Wilson says she knows her experiments aren’t proof the cell tower is causing the fish to die.

“This is high school science. There’s a lot of room for error. I would love if someone, some lab, picked this up and tried it in a more controlled way where they can measure it,” she said. “But I think it’s very compelling. Something is killing the fish in this room.”


The Portland School district gets about $36,000 a year for leasing the roof space to U.S. Cellular. There are no other cell towers on district property, said Craig Worth, deputy chief operations officer.

U.S. Cellular added three more antennas to the array in 2011, for a total of six. The company issued a report after those additions, in January 2012, that found RF readings were below FCC safety standards throughout the building and school grounds. However, it did note that the highest readings inside the building were in Room 305.

The report also noted that the building has multiple Wi-Fi hotspots, including one right in the middle of the ceiling of Room 305, which can affect and increase the readings.

UC Berkeley’s Moskowitz said he suspected any elevated RF readings in the room with the fish would be attributable to the router, not the tower, since towers direct their radio waves outward, not downward.

Worth said the tests this week measured RF levels with the high school’s Wi-Fi on and off. Results of the tests are expected in a few weeks, school officials said.

The FCC allows an ERP – effective radiated power – of up to 500 watts per channel. Most cell towers in urban and suburban areas operate at an ERP of 100 watts per channel or less, corresponding to an actual radiated power of 5-10 watts, according to the FCC website. The FCC last updated its guidelines for evaluating human exposure to RF fields from fixed antennas used for cellphone service in 1996.


Wilson has been teaching marine ecology in Room 305 for about 16 years, always with tanks of fish and other living things. It was only three years ago that the fish started to die, she said.

This spring, the students used aluminum foil to shield the tops and sides of four aquariums containing comet-tailed goldfish from radio frequency waves.

“We left them in there over Memorial Day weekend, we came back and they were fine,” Wilson said. “At that point, we took one of the foil (cages) off and 36 hours later, the fish died.”

The other fish, in the three shielded aquariums, were fine and are still alive, Wilson said.

Her students started a blog – called “Why Do Fish Die in Room 305?” – where they recorded their findings. The home page has a photo of a fish belly-up in a tank, with a Post-it note reading: “Begin: 5/7 Fish alive … 5/11 dead.”

“Our class noticed how we were unable to keep goldfish alive. Eliminating all theories as to what might be causing the death (food, water, pH, nitrite and nitrate levels) we came to the conclusion that the cell tower located above our classroom may be affecting the lifespan of the fish,” students wrote in the blog.

For Wilson, the dying fish prompted her to abandon her classroom of 16 years and teach in a vacant room.

She said her students found the experience “eye-opening.”

“They don’t think about their cellphone. … They think of it as totally benign. They were surprised and intrigued and interested in learning a little bit more,” Wilson said.


Wilson’s husband, Gus Goodwin, asked School Board President Sarah Thompson to hold meetings on the issue. Thompson said she would raise the issue with school officials, but that it likely won’t be taken up until the fall.

“I don’t want to be the face of this. It’s a community conversation,” said Goodwin, who teaches technology education at King Middle School. “I care because someone I love teaches there and sometimes it’s easier for someone on the outside to ask the questions.”

Caulk said he ordered the tests to be conducted after a May 27 meeting of the teachers and district officials. U.S. Cellular did tests on the tower on May 29, he said, but the district decided to get a third-party analysis and hired C Square Systems in Auburn, New Hampshire, to conduct a four-hour test on Tuesday.

Goodwin said he thought the district was being very responsive and the meeting with district officials was “very productive.”

Caulk did not grant permission to the Portland Press Herald to visit the school Wednesday.
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Source: Portland Press Herald, Noel K. Gallagher, 10 Jun 2015

World Class Health Experts Discuss Public's Right to Know About Cell Phone Safety
USA Created: 10 Jun 2015
Boston, MA, (ReleaseWire) -- 06/10/2015 -- The non-profit Environmental Health Trust will host a public briefing on June 10th featuring several world class experts in the area of electromagnetic (wireless) radiation. The experts will discuss new science about health risks associated with prolonged and frequent exposures, and the public's right to know about these risks. The briefing will begin at 2 PM in room 437 of the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston. The event is free and open to the general public.

This briefing is part of an overall global initiative aimed to educate the public about manufacturers' health warnings for wireless devices. ShowTheFinePrint.org is a new campaign from the Environmental Health Trust designed to provide clear, science-based information to the public about health risks involved with wireless radiation. Currently, cell phone companies' literature instructs consumers to distance their phones away from their bodies (the minimum required distance varies by manufacturer). The new website ShowTheFinePrint.org provides radiation levels and warnings from all wireless devices such as phones, tablets and other devices.


Dr. Devra Davis, Scientist, author, and founder of the Environmental Health Trust (EHT)

Frank Clegg, CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST) and former President of Microsoft Canada

Dr. Radhey Shyam Sharma, senior Indian government radiation expert and author

Catherine Steiner-Adair author of The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age

Janet Newton, President of EMR Policy Institute

About Environmental Health Trust
Environmental Health Trust (EHT) is the only organization in the world that is both conducting cutting edge research on cell phone radiation and public health campaigns to raise awareness of the health risks of wireless radiation. EHT educates individuals, health professionals and communities about controllable environmental health risks and policy changes needed to reduce those risks. Currently, EHT is raising health concerns about wireless in schools and recommending safe hardwired internet connection installations. More information about EHT and its programs is located at EHtrust.org and on our Facebook page.


Dr. Davis, Ph.D, Founder of the Environmental Health Trust and Award-Winning scientist and author of Disconnect–The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation will give an overview of how cell phones work and highlight some of the new evidence about brain cancer and reasons for concern, especially for children.

Mr. Clegg, CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST) and former President of Microsoft Canada will discuss recent developments in Canada with respect to the federal parliament member's bill that is now being proposed.

Ms. Newton, President of EMR Policy Institute, will address the different standards internationally for telecommunication tower and antenna emissions and discuss why most emissions are out of compliance and not monitored.

Dr. Steiner-Adair, Ed. D., Clinical Psychologist, Consultant, Speaker and Author of The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age will discuss the social psychological observations of how the digital world is fundamentally undermining parenting of young children and their early education.

Dr. Sharma will share important new Indian research showing biological effects from wireless radiofrequency radiation on bees, human DNA and male and female reproductive and nervous systems. Dr. Sharma is currently coordinating the country's largest epidemiological study on cell phones and their possible impact on neurological disorders, reproductive dysfunctions, cardiovascular disorders, hearing, memory, sleep patterns, reaction time and cancer.
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Source: ReleaseWire, Environmental Health Trust, 10 Jun 2015

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