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Wi - Fi worries
United Kingdom Created: 22 Jan 2007
There are more wireless hotspots in the UK than anywhere else in the world except Ireland.

That's great if you want to connect to the internet on the move, whether by laptop or mobile phone.
But, although the scientists say the technology's perfectly safe, some people believe it's making them ill.

This morning on Breakfast:
Our business reporter Richard Westcott has been investigating their worries.

He talked to one woman, who believes that the electromagnetic radiation generated by WiFi is making her ill. She's using special insulating wallpaper and a detector, to keep her symptoms under control.

And he also talked to a government scientific adviser, Dr Michael Clark, who's sceptical that Wifi can really make you ill.

Watch Richard Westcott's report on WiFi worries:
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Source: BBC News, Richard Westcott, 22 Jan 2007

Mobile phones: Could these be the cigarettes of the 21st century? . . . 'Absolutely'
United Kingdom Created: 21 Jan 2007
Could these be the cigarettes of the 21st century? . . . 'Absolutely'
• It's right to have worries, says expert
• 'Don't buy phones for primary pupils'
If we came expecting reassurance from this bearded, 6ft 4in grandfather, the emeritus professor of physics who heads the Government’s mobile phone safety research, we are about to be a little shaken.
We begin by asking if this isn’t all a bit old hat. Haven’t we all got into an unnecessary lather about the dangers of mobiles, and wireless techno-logy? There are all these vague concerns — “There should be,” Lawrie Challis cuts in.
Oh. This is the more disconcerting because Professor Challis is one of the world’s experts on mobile phone radiation, and chairs the mobile telecommunications health research programme. He has some good news: the first batch of research it has done, soon to be published, confirms that mobile phones are safe in the short term, under ten years. But there is less good news. “It’s encouraging because they found nothing for people who’ve used phones for less than ten years, But there is a hint of something for people using them more.”
Now, being a respected scientist, Professor Challis is keen to emphasise that this “hint” remains just that. A massive European study called Interphone, partly funded by his group, found a slight association between the risk of brain tumours and using a mobile for more than ten years. But the problem is that the number of people involved was so small: more than a decade ago, hard as it to imagine now, we did not all have handsets glued to our ears. Yes, the few long-term users got more tumours “but it could be by chance”, he says.
Some might leave it there. Given the results so far, scientists could be forgiven for losing interest in the mobile phone safety debate. But Professor Challis can’t let it rest. His knowledge of the major breakthroughs in what causes cancers — smoking, sunlight, asbestos, nuclear radiation — tells him that effects often take a long time to show up. “You can look at almost any cancer where you know what the cause was. You find absolutely nothing for ten years,” he says. The groundbreaking study proving the link between lung cancer and smoking showed a similar delay, he says. “You look at what happened after the atomic bomb. Nagasaki, Hiroshima. You find again a long delay, nothing for ten years. The same for asbestos disease.” So although the many existing studies into mobile phone safety have shown no dangers does not deter him. “The people who’ve done these studies have been cautious. They say, ‘We can’t rule out the possibility’. But I want to know whether it’s there.”
As we both quietly turn off our phones, Professor Challis announced that he is in the final stages — it is hoped to seal the deal in the coming weeks — of negotiating £3.1 million from Government and industry to follow 200,000 volunteers, long-term mobile users among them, for five years. This is the kind of gold-stand-ard study he says has been lacking until now, plotting mobile use against any diseases that volunteers develop, not just cancer, but Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases and so on. He would like it to go on for ten years, to be on the safe side.
“Because there is a hint and because the professional epidemiologists whom I trust and who do this all the time, feel that there’s a chance that this could be real, they can’t rule out the possibility.”
The number of mobiles in Britain has doubled to 50 million since 2000, and the number of children aged between 5 and 9 using mobiles has increased fivefold. If, as Professor Challis fears, mobile phone risks could be slow to show up, then what about today’s children? Some scientists have said there is no cause to believe mobiles affect them in any way differently to adults.
Professor Challis disagrees. “We all know that if you’re exposed to sunlight as a kid you’re much more likely to get skin cancer than if you’re exposed as an adult. That’s why children should be covered up if you’re out in the sun all the time. We know that they react differently to ionising radiation, to radioactivity and gamma-rays. They are more sensitive to pollutants.
“Now we have absolutely no idea whether they’re different in reaction to this sort of radio frequency. But all we do know is that there are reasons why they might be. And kids are using mobile phones a lot, fortunately mostly for texting, but they’re still nattering away.”
This is why he plans a study following the fate of mobile-using children: “We want to look first at the possibilities of what are called soft outcomes. Kids’ diseases. Memory retention. These things seem highly improbable, but . . .”
His advice for now? Play safe by not giving your child a mobile before secondary school. Then encourage them to text rather than make calls.
Now our heads are beginning to throb. Is the professor really saying that the mobile phone could — just could — turn out to be the cigarette of the 21st century? “Absolutely.”

We put it to him that ever since Marconi, we have lived with radio waves from TV transmitters, radios and radar installations. “Some people say, why do you even start the research? And I say, nobody can know what is going to cause us problems or not. This is the first time anyone’s stuck a transmitter right near to their ear, apart from a few people using walk-ie-talkies. And the exposure you get from mobile phones is thousands — tens of thousands sometimes — times more than you get from a television broadcast or a mobile phone mast.
“And about 40 per cent of the radio energy of that phone is absorbed into your head.” Perhaps, but still no one has come up with a plausible medical explanation of how mobile phones could cause disease, a fact he readily admits.
“But my take on this, before I got involved in my research area, was in low-temperature physics. I have lived through all sorts of exciting things where no theory was ever produced on something that turned out to be very exciting. The fact that we haven’t got a mechanism means nobody has managed to think of one. That doesn’t mean there isn’t one.”
Professor Challis helps his case by being as sceptical about the dangers of masts, and wi-fi, as he is concerned about possible risks of mobiles. Pinging an e-mail through wi-fi typically exposes you to 200 times less radiation than talking into a mobile phone, he says. “I wouldn’t be worried if my grandchildren were exposed to wi-fi in the classroom.”
Even if a risk is found, people will not have to stop using mobiles, maybe just reduce their exposure to them, such as using a hands-free set, perhaps with a “ferrite bead” (a special metal clip) to block any radiation getting to your ear.
The final charge that sceptics will throw is that he wants to get his organisation more funding. “My personal interest would be to go sailing.” At 73, he is not far from retiring. “I do it because it’s worthwhile.”
We ask him if we can call him on his mobile later, on his way home. Difficult, he says — he keeps it switched off.
Because of health fears? “No, I don’t like people rabbiting away on trains. I try not to rabbit away on trains.” We are about to sigh with relief, and then he adds: “As far as health is concerned, bear in mind I’m not a young guy. Rather different from being a child or a young person or people of your age.”
Tips to cut risk
• “I do feel if we can hold off children using mobile phones at least until they get to secondary school, that would be a good thing”
• “If we encourage children to text instead, where you’re only going to get exposed significantly when you’re actually talking to the phone, that’s another
good thing”
• If children are using a laptop on a wireless network, put it on a table or the floor: “I don’t think kids should put laptops on their knees”
• If you are using a hands-free system with a wire, some radio frequency may be passed to your ear, but “it’s so damned easy to put a cover of ferrite
beads or something similar in that wire to stop it getting out”
• If you are concerned about intensive mobile phone use, consider putting it a short distance away. A short gap dramatically reduces exposure: “Quite a
lot of people use a mobile in place of a landline. Why not stick it on your desk, in your handbag or put it on the floor?”
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Jersey: List of Mobile Phone Base Stations and Masts
United Kingdom Created: 21 Jan 2007
Mobile Phone Base Stations and Masts
This list is a working document and represents the current position for sites across the Island.
It will be updated as and when additional sites are agreed or submitted for consideration.
The data is collated from the list of planning applications and permissions held at the Planning and Environment Department and does not necessarily reflect sites that have actually been developed.

This data only includes sites that required planning permission.
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Jersey: Mast review wants public opinions
United Kingdom Created: 21 Jan 2007
Mast review wants public opinions
People in Jersey are being asked to have their say about the island's mobile phone masts.
The scrutiny review into masts, established after a States debate at the end of last year, is under way and the public's views are being sought.
On Tuesday, approval was given for 26 mobile phone installations in Jersey.
The installations include seven new masts and 19 replacements or additions to existing masts. The permissions were granted on a temporary basis.
Installations are subject to removal if negative health effects are proven.
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Jersey: Public meetings over mobile masts
United Kingdom Created: 21 Jan 2007
People with views about mobile phone masts in Jersey are being encouraged to share them at several public meetings.
The review into masts, by a scrutiny sub-panel, was established after a States debate at the end of last year.

The first meeting is in the Royal Square on Tuesday, with people being encouraged to fill in a questionnaire.
There will also be a meeting at Hautlieu School on Thursday at 1900 GMT, and on Friday at St Brelade's Parish Hall.
The panel wants to find out how many people are worried about the effect of mobile phone masts on the environment and the possible effects on health.
The scrutiny panel will make its findings public in the spring.

Approval was given for 26 mobile phone installations this month
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Source: Robert Riedlinger

Mast push sparks fury
United Kingdom Created: 19 Jan 2007
A MOBILE phone giant has angered Kenilworth councillors after deciding to appeal a decision stopping it building a 12 metre high mast in the town centre.
Coun George Illingworth, was shocked to learn Hutchison 3G planned to push on with a bid to put mast outside the DeMontfort Hotel on Smalley Place, after Warwick District Council planning committee rejected the application last week.
Mr Illingworth said: "Their decision shows an unwillingness to cooperate with us.
"We know that we have to find a site for a mast in Kenilworth, but why on earth they want to put it in Smalley Place I don't understand - unfortunately I am not privy to the detail of their logic but if they talked to us we would try and help.
"It's a disappointing attitude but we'll see what happens from here."
Kenilworth Town Council called the siting of the mast "completely inappropriate" and branded it an"aesthetic eyesore".
And at the planning meeting, district councillors agreed with their town counterparts and rejected the mast on grounds the location was inappropriate despite council officers recommending the scheme be given the go ahead.
Verity Blake, Corporate Affairs Manager, speaking on behalf of Hutchison 3G, said: "We will be appealing because the scheme was recommended by professional advisers working for the local authority who said the proposal would have no [adverse] impact on the local area.
"Furthermore, after a four year search and consultations, there is no other available option. We do need a site in Kenilworth town centre to bring the benefits of 3G technology - without it, people will not be able to use their phones in the town."
But Coun Illingworth hit back, saying 3G had not exhausted all its options because they had not talked to the town council.
He added: "We would love to help solve this problem with them because the spirit of cooperation is essential - it's sad they want to appeal."
The application will now be referred to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol for a final decision.
• Developers have been given permission to build five new affordable homes next to Kenilworth's Oak Road cemetery, despite opposition from the town council.

The planning committee, which had made a visit to the site before taking the decision, voted to give the project the green light after a debate which lasted just twenty minutes.

Coun Norman Vincett, said: "All I can say is that I'm disappointed because I thought they may have considered a refusal - but that's democracy."
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Source: The Leamington Observer, Ed Holmes, 18 Jan 2007

Omega News this week
United Kingdom Created: 19 Jan 2007
Phone mast plan opposed
Anger at 'huge' mast
We will fight mast plan all the way
Mast opposition to phone firm's plans
Study to examine TETRA mast risk
Man burned in cell phone flare-up
Residents oppose plans for mobile phone mast
Fears fail to halt phone mast plan
Church tower could house phone antenna
Electrohypersensitivity: State-of-the-Art of a Functional Impairment
Cow Birth Deffects EMF
The mobile phone a radiating way of dying?
Source: Omega News Germany

'We will keep fighting against this mast'
United Kingdom Created: 18 Jan 2007
RESIDENTS are fighting an appeal by mobile phone giant O2 for a mast outside their homes.

People living along Hills Road, Cambridge, were delighted when the plans for a 12.5 metre high mock telegraph pole and cabinet with three 3G antenna was turned down by Cambridge City Council.

But now O2 has appealed.

Resident Margaret Majidi, who has lived on the street for 30 years, said: "I feel appalled big business can bully people like this. Nobody has clarified why they are not using Addenbrooke's masts.

"This will impact on people's lives and there is the perceived health risk. We are going to be making further representations to the planning inspectorate."

To comment on the application, write in triplicate quoting reference APP/Q0505/A/06/2033253/N WF to Hilary Phillips, The Planning Inspectorate, 3/16 Eagle Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN, by January 31.
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Source: Cambridge Evening News, 17 Jan 2007

Mast opposition to phone firm’s plans
United Kingdom Created: 18 Jan 2007
RESIDENTS who are opposing plans for a phone mast on a busy Harwood footpath told a planning inspector it would be a blot on the landscape and a health-and-safety hazard.

T-Mobile appealed after Bolton Council's planning and highways committee ignored the advice of officers and refused permission for the 3G mast in Lea Gate near the Morrisons supermarket.

Councillors said that as the 11.7-metre mast would narrow the footpath, pedestrians, including mothers with pushchairs and people in wheelchairs, might be forced to use the road.

Yesterday, at the appeal hearing in Bolton Town Hall, planning inspector Elizabeth Hill listened to arguments from the company, the council and residents.

Ian Calderbank, Bolton's principle engineer, said the width of the footpath would be reduced to 1.8 metres - below the legal two-metre minimum.

But T-Mobile agent Susan McMorrow said that when the path was busy she believed pedestrians would wait for people coming the other way to pass rather then attempt to walk round them in the road.

Residents Gillian Platt and Veronica Goodman said the footpath was the main route to the supermarkert, library and health centre.

They also raised concerns that the mast would spoil the character of the area, with the 16th-century Lea Gate Farm and two cottages nearby being listed buildings.

Mrs Platt said residents feared the mast could pose a health risk and said its position near the supermarket's petrol station could also be dangerous.

That suggestion was denied by T-Mobile's regional property surveyor Simon Mitchell, who added that the company would be willing to pay for the footpath to be widened to two metres.

After the hearing, Mrs Platt, of Tottington Road, said: "I hope the inspector has listened to residents, many of whom have lived here all their lives and know the area better than anybody.

"The footpath is not wide enough as it is, and even if they extended it that would not be enough to persuade us."

Mrs Platt, aged 63, added: "You're not supposed to use mobile phones at petrol stations but here they want to site a phone mast near one, it's ludicrous.

"We're worried there could be an explosion."

A site visit followed the hearing and a decision is due within seven weeks.
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Source: This Is Lancashire, Rob Devey, 17 Jan, 2007

Study to examine TETRA mast risk
United Kingdom Created: 18 Jan 2007
Researchers from the University of Essex are to carry out a two year study to establish if there are any short term health effects from exposure to TETRA mobile radio masts.
The move follows the recent completion of the largest ever scientific study of the health effects of conventional and 3G mobile phone masts, carried out at the University’s Electromagnetics and Health Laboratory. The study tested 176 people under carefully controlled conditions and the results are due to be published later this year.
The project, which has won £265,624 of funding from the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research programme, will examine the effect of the electromagnetic fields emitted by the TETRA system on up to 264 volunteers. Because TETRA is used by the emergency services, the researchers hope to recruit participants from these services.
If you would like to volunteer, contact or call 01206 873784.

Link to study website:
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Source: New Electronics, Graham Pitcher, 17 Jan 2007

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