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‘Hyperalarming’ study shows massive insect loss
Australia Created: 16 Oct 2018
Insects around the world are in a crisis, according to a small but growing number of long-term studies showing dramatic declines in invertebrate populations. A new report suggests that the problem is more widespread than scientists realized. Huge numbers of bugs have been lost in a pristine national forest in Puerto Rico, the study found, and the forest’s insect-eating animals have gone missing, too.

Related news:
Aug 2017, USA: Where have all the insects gone?

In 2014, an international team of biologists estimated that, in the past 35 years, the abundance of invertebrates such as beetles and bees had decreased by 45 percent. In places where long-term insect data are available, mainly in Europe, insect numbers are plummeting. A study last year showed a 76 percent decrease in flying insects in the past few decades in German nature preserves.

The latest report, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that this startling loss of insect abundance extends to the Americas. The study’s authors implicate climate change in the loss of tropical invertebrates….SNIP

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2018/10/15/hyperalarming-study-shows-massive-insect-loss/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.7be60195b27c

NOTE: When I checked on the location of the “pristine national forest” in Puerto Rico, mentioned in the article, I found that it is located approximately 50 miles from Cayey Puerto Rico, the home to the WSR-88 Doppler Radar which is one of the most powerful and advanced weather surveillance doppler radars in the world, transmitting at 750,000 watts. Cayey is a mountain municipality in central Puerto Rico with the radar facility located on the central mountain. Wether or not this has anything to do with the decline in insects of the national forest is an interesting question. Perhaps not so pristine after all…..
Don
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Source: EMFacts, Don Maisch PhD, 15 Oct 2018

The Wireless Cloud is an “energy monster” warming the world
Australia Created: 28 Mar 2018
Following on from the previous message “How smartphones are heating up the planet” here is an old analysis from 2013 that also examines the energy usage of wireless technology. Their analysis apparently did not include an estimation of the additional future contribution of 5G, the Internet of Things and possibly the roll-out of smart meters. As such, it is a very conservative estimation. All heating up the planet to what end ? (next message)

Titled The Power of Wireless Cloud, it was prepared and published by The Centre for Energy-Efficient
Telecommunications (CEET): Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs and University of Melbourne.

Excerpts:

The energy use of cloud services accessed via wireless networks is expected to grow up to 460% between 2012 and 2015, the equivalent of 4.9 million new cars on the roads. The analysis shows that wireless access networks (Wi-Fi and 4G LTE) will be responsible for 90% of that energy. Data centres, the focus of recent high-profile Greenpeace research, account for only 9%.

The problem is that we’re all accessing cloud services – things like webmail, social networking and virtual applications – over wireless networks. It’s the modern way, but wireless is an energy monster; it’s just inherently inefficient.

Access the full report here
http://www.ceet.unimelb.edu.au/publications/ceet-white-paper-wireless-cloud.pdf

And from phys.org, 13 April 2013:
http://www.phys.org/pdf284963162.pdf

(Phys.org) —Research from Australia delivers bracing facts about serious demands on power in the coming years. The researchers find that just pinning power-grid drains on the “cloud” is imprecise. The real problem is on the mobile cloud.The researchers zeroed in on energy consumption needed to support cloud services accessed by wireless networks. They found that wireless networking infrastructure worldwide accounts for significantly more power consumption than datacenters.

“By 2015, the energy consumption of data centers will be a drop in the ocean compared to wireless networks in delivering cloud services,” said Dr Kerry Hinton, Deputy Director, CEET (stands for Center for Energy Efficient Telecommunications). CEET is behind the wake-up report, “The Power of Wireless Cloud.” According to CEET, that drop in the ocean is supported by research findings.Wireless networks will use about 90 percent of the energy needed to power the entire wireless cloud services ecosystem in 2015, in contrast with data centers, accounting for nine percent—or less.

While research elsewhere has pointed to data centers as the culprit in threatening energy consumption, loyal users of services from Google, Facebook, Amazon and others, with their portable devices, are the real concern, driving a massive surge in energy consumption.

“The problem is that we’re all accessing cloud services – things like webmail, social networking and virtual applications – over wireless networks,” said Hinton. “It’s the modern way but wireless is an energy monster, it’s just inherently inefficient.” A simple takeaway is that “Industry needs to focus on the real issues with wireless network technologies if it wants to solve this problem.” All aspects of the cloud ecosystem, according to the
researchers, must be looked at, as well as data centers.

“We often think of bandwidth as the barrier to the way online services evolve and improve,” said a CEET statement discussing the report, but the “very real message here is that the real bottleneck, looming sooner than we think, may be energy.”

One of the more bracing factoids in the report compares wireless cloud energy consumption with putting new cars on the road. “Our energy calculations show that by 2015, wireless cloud will consume up to 43 TWh, compared to only 9.2 TWh in 2012, an increase of 460%. This is an increase in carbon footprint from 6 megatonnes of CO2 in 2012 to up to 30 megatonnes of CO2 in 2015, the equivalent of adding 4.9 million cars to the roads.”

The goal of the report is not to suggest that everyone stop swiping and tapping on their smartscreens, however.

“I think it’s unlikely people trade away the mobile convenience of these services,” said a CEET statement. The report is intended as a guide for finding real solutions. According to CEET, one solution might be to increase the way network resources are shared among users, “but more likely we’ll need a radical improvement in the efficiency of the technologies themselves and potentially a fundamental change to the way data is managed
across the global network. These are the things we’re investigating at CEET.”

CEET is a partnership between Alcatel-Lucent Australia, Bell Labs, the University of Melbourne, and the Victorian State Government. Their focus is on energy-efficient telecommunications.
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Source: EMFacts, Don Maisch PhD, 28 Mar 2018

Botanist report links disappearance of birds, bats & insects to electromagnetic radiation
Australia Created: 22 Nov 2017
A report to UNESCO by botanist Mark Broomhall details the association between increasing amounts of electromagnetic radiation and species disappearance and exodus from the Mount Nardi area of the Nightcap National Park World Heritage Area during a 15-year period (2000-2015). Mt. Nardi has a tower complex, an installation of wireless antennas, that has steadily increased the electromagnetic emissions in the areas as new antennas were added over the years. The report contains a timeline of the activation of new antennas and documents the endangered birds, bats and plants that have decreased in the area. In addition, he states that from the year 2000, flying insects have been noticeably diminishing.

He estimates that 70 to 90% of the wildlife has become rare or has disappeared from the Nightcap National Park within a 2-3 km radius of the Mt. Nardi tower complex and summarized that concrete data shows:

3 bat species once common have become rare or gone
11 threatened and endangered bird species are gone
11 migratory bird species are gone
86 bird species are demonstrating unnatural behaviours
66 once common bird species are now rare or gone
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Source: Environmental Health Trust, 22 Nov 2017

5G phone network: Expert concerned by lack of understanding of potential health effects
Australia Created: 19 Aug 2017
More research is needed into the potential health effects of new 5G mobile phone technology before it is rolled out in Australia, an international expert says.

The high-speed mobile phone network could be operational in Australia from 2020, offering up to 50 times the bandwidth currently available on 4G networks, allowing users to download the equivalent of three television episodes in a second.

Telstra announced last year it would run a world-first test of the technology for visitors to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

International radio frequency expert Professor Dariusz Leszczynski, from the University of Helsinki, told a public lecture at Griffith University in Brisbane on Thursday night there was a concerning lack of understanding about the health effects.

"We know only that this radiation penetrates skin deep," Professor Leszczynski said.

"We don't have the faintest idea how normal-functioning skin will be affected."

Australia's radiation safety government body, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), has backed calls to examine whether the country's current radiation safety standards need to be changed for the 5G rollout.

Research published on the agency's website said 5G technology could penetrate skin to a depth of 8 millimetres.

ARPANSA assistant director Dr Ken Karipidis said more research was needed.

"At the frequencies where 5G will be operating, the RF electromagnetic energy does not penetrate much further than the surface of the skin," Dr Karapidis said.

"Adverse health effects are not expected, and the current Australian Standard accounts for these.

"Nevertheless, further research in this area is required, particularly on effects on the skin and the eyes."
Radio frequency emissions a possible carcinogen

Professor Leszczynski was one of the 30 experts on an international World Health Organisation research team in 2011 that classified all radio frequency emissions as a possible carcinogen.

But ARPANSA said the Australian Radiofrequency Standard, based on international guidelines, protected the community from harm.

Professor Leszczynski said examining the health impacts after the technology was rolled out was not good enough.

"It appears we are having deja vu because in the early 1980s we thought that low-power emitting technology would be safe, no problems," he said.

"Thirty years later it appears it is possibly carcinogenic."

ARPANSA said it would be up to individual university research labs to pick up the agency's recommendations for more research into 5G frequencies.

A Telstra spokesman said the company ensured its wireless networks comply with Australian electromagnetic energy (EME) safety standards.

"We rely on the expert advice of a number of national and international health authorities, including ARPANSA and the World Health Organisation," the spokesman said.

"Research into EME, mobile phones and health has been going on for many years.

"The frequencies used by 5G have been used by other radio frequency applications such as satellite and radar for decades … 5G wireless networks are designed to be very efficient and minimise EME."
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Source: ABC News, Isobel Roe, 18 Aug 2017

Free Public Lecture: Prof. Dariusz Leszczynski talk on 5G Wireless
Australia Created: 6 Aug 2017
“Global Expansion of the Wireless: The 5G dive into the great unknown” - Thursday 17 August 2017 @ 6:00 pm in 0.03, N16, Macrossan Building Lecture Theatre

See here for details:
https://arps.org.au/portal/data/attachment.php?id=57&for_session=7fd04692c124404794800019f6b57cc9
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Source: Dariusz Leszczynski, 06 Aug 2017

Is ICNIRP a Closed Club ?
Australia Created: 1 Aug 2017
Dear Readers, In this installment of our newsletter we have used ORSAA’s database to extend the work of both Starkey [1] and Hardell [2] who have looked at the EHC core group and their memberships/associations. What clearly stands out is the WHO Environmental Health Criteria (EHC) Group appears to be biased and ICNIRP is a closed club.

Reference 1. Dr Starkey’s paper entitled: “Inaccurate official assessment of radiofrequency safety by the Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation”

Reference 2 Professor Lennart Hardell’s latest paper entitled “World Health Organization, radiofrequency radiation and health - a hard nut to crack (Review)“

ORSAA has carefully looked at a number of attributes for each EHC “expert” as shown in the attached pdf and we have to say we find the linkages are very troubling.

*SNIP* Read the entire article via the source link below...
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Source: ORSAA, Vince Leach, 01 Aug 2017

Tasmanian council rejects telco tower
Australia Created: 13 Jun 2017
Kingborough Council will not be giving consent to Optus Mobile Pty Ltd to lodge a development application for a proposed telecommunications tower at Sherburd Oval in Blackmans Bay, after seeking legal advice.

The General Manager, Gary Arnold sought legal advice regarding the status of the proposed tower as a low impact facility. The advice received stated that a replacement tower would require a development application to be lodged. Mr Arnold informed Council last night that as council delegate he was not prepared to authorise landowner consent for a development application to be submitted.

The Mayor of Kingborough, Cr Steve Wass said that Council was pleased to provide closure on this matter. “There has been strong community support for the location of this proposed tower to be rejected,” he said. “My fellow councillors and I have been listening to the concerns from our community and fully support the General Manager in this decision.”
ENDS

For more information please contact
Sarah Wilcox, Media & Communications Officer for
Kingborough Council on 0428 033085 or 6211 8265.
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Source: EMFacts, Don Maisch PhD, 12 Jun 2017

Jody, EHS, forced from her home by microwave tower, help her fund a safe-haven
Australia Created: 14 Feb 2017
A microwave tower, stationed 300 meters from my home has caused me to be homeless.

I suffer from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS). The radiation from the tower effects every part of my body causing unrelenting pain and suffering.

The only option I have is to raise money to purchase non-radiated land, to relocate.

Please help me establish a healthy home.

You can help Jody via her GoFundMe campaign, via this link:
https://www.gofundme.com/2gs8s8tk
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Source: Jody Watkins, 22 Sep 2016

Off with their heads! Return to Dark Ages as Maryanne Demasi & Catalyst crew axed for offending King Wireless!
Australia Created: 3 Nov 2016
It's the end of an era at the ABC, after the national broadcaster axed the Catalyst program today.

It was part of a tradition that went back into the last century and the program Towards 2000.

All the familiar faces on the Catalyst, along with their producers, were told today that they were redundant.

Management says it'll replace the weekly half hour science magazine with seventeen one-hour documentaries a year to be presented by leading scientists.

There's already anger about the move.

However, two programs in recent years - one about statins and one about wifi - have come under heavy fire, including from the ABC's own media watch, as alarmist, unprofessional and unbalanced.

Simon Chapman is Emeritus Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney.

He spoke to PM about those two programs. (listen to interview via source link).

Related news:
Feb 2016, Australia: CATALYST journalist responds to criticism of WI-FI investigation
Feb 2016, Australia: ICNIRP's downunder-delegate goes bonkers over CATALYST TV investigation into WI-FI
Feb 2016, Australia: Wi-Fried? Prime-time TV show examines Wi-Fi health risks
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Source: ABC, Mark Colvin, 03 Nov 2016

The effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation on sperm function
Australia Created: 10 Sep 2016
Abstract: Mobile phone usage has become an integral part of our lives - However, the effects of the radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) emitted by these devices on biological systems and specifically the reproductive systems are currently under active debate.

A fundamental hindrance to the current debate is that there is no clear mechanism of how such non-ionising radiation influences biological systems. Therefore, we explored the documented impacts of RF-EMR on the male reproductive system and considered any common observations that could provide insights on a potential mechanism.

Among a total of 27 studies investigating the effects of RF-EMR on the male reproductive system, negative consequences of exposure were reported in 21. Within these 21 studies, 11 of the 15 that investigated sperm motility reported significant declines, 7 of 7 that measured the production of reactive oxygen species documented elevated levels and 4 of 5 studies that probed for DNA damage highlighted increased damage, due to RF-EMR exposure. Associated with this, RF-EMR treatment reduced antioxidant levels in 6 of 6 studies that studied this phenomenon, while consequences of RF-EMR were successfully ameliorated with the supplementation of antioxidants in all 3 studies that carried out these experiments.

In light of this, we envisage a two-step mechanism whereby RF-EMR is able to induce mitochondrial dysfunction leading to elevated ROS production. A continued focus on research which aims to shed light on the biological effects of RF-EMR will allow us to test and assess this proposed mechanism in a variety of cell types.

Related news:
Jul 2015, Ukraine: 93 of 100 studies confirm Oxidative Stress from RF-radiation: review
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Source: PubMed, Houston B. et al., 06 Sep 2016

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