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Important court ruling on rooftop masts and planning control
United Kingdom Created: 24 Feb 2018
Thanks to Danielle in the forum, who's won a judicial review ruling that pole mounts are in fact masts, see Mawbey vs Lewisham.

Here's what "Council Magazine" has written about the ruling:
"Town and country planning – Permitted development. The term 'mast' in para A.1(2)(c) of Pt 16 of Sch 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, SI 2015/596, should be broadly interpreted, such that each central support pole was a radio mast, as it supported antennae which transmitted and received radio waves. Accordingly, the Planning Court, in allowing the claimant's application for judicial review, held that the defendant local planning authority had wrongly interpreted that provision by having found that the support poles installed at a building had not been masts."

Source: https://www.counselmagazine.co.uk/content/r-the-application-of-mawbey-v-lewisham-council

Please also see the discussion thread on the forum, here:
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Source: MV Forum, Danielle, 24 Feb 2018

We need to protect Wales from the harmful effects of modern wireless technologies
Wales Created: 22 Feb 2018
The pioneering Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 is an ambitious piece of legislation which aims to improve the quality of life for people in Wales.

The Act requires public bodies in Wales to carry out sustainable development in order to achieve the seven well-being goals it sets out.

The WFG Act seeks to prevent short-sighted policy-making, “where things done to meet short-term needs may have detrimental long-term effects.”

The environmental issue at the heart of the WFG Act is climate change. However, the terms of the legislation mean that public bodies in Wales must now take action on another environmental issue: anthropogenic radiofrequency radiation (RFR).

Man-made RFR is a growing yet invisible form of environmental pollution.

Its main sources are modern wireless technologies: mobile phones and masts, cordless phones, WiFi routers, baby monitors, smart meters, 5G, etc.

The rapid proliferation of wireless technology ignores the impacts on health and well-being of chronic, cumulative and overlapping exposures to the low levels of man-made RF electromagnetic fields (EMFs) it generates.

Warnings from around the world

There is now a substantial body of scientific evidence that exposure to man-made RF-EMFs at levels well below currently permitted limits is detrimental to health.

In 2015 over 200 scientists from 41 nations, all specialists in the biological effects of EMFs, signed the International EMF Scientist Appeal.

The effects of low-intensity EMF noted by these scientists included increased cancer risk, cellular stress, free radical formation, increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier, and genetic damage.

Genetic damage is clearly not good news for future generations. Other potential effects include learning and memory deficits, neurologic/neurotransmitter disorders, reproductive effects, and negative impacts on general well-being.

Most people are unaware that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified RFR as a 2B ‘possible’ carcinogen in May 2011.

This decision was strengthened in May 2016 when the preliminary findings of a $25m study into the carcinogenicity of RFR by the US National Toxicology Program were given early release.

The researchers thought the findings warranted immediate precautionary recommendations from governments and health agencies.

Exposure to RFR was associated with a statistically significant increase in rare tumours in the brains and hearts of rats.

Failing public health

Regarding RFR, leading scientists from around the world have underlined “the critical need to face difficult questions, make mid-course corrections, and try to repair the damage already done to this generation, and to think about protecting future generations.”

At present nothing is being done in Wales to address the issue of increasing anthropogenic RF pollution and its potential impacts on the health of the nation.

Public Health Wales currently offers no recommendations on mobile phone use or exposure to other sources of RFR in the modern environment. This stance misleads the people of Wales into believing that the technology poses no risks.

It also discourages them from taking simple steps to limit their exposure: the small print of most mobile devices stipulates that a distance should be maintained at all times between the device and one’s body.

PHW also fails to mention that the NHS Choices website advises that children should only use a mobile phone for essential purposes and keep all calls short. How many parents in Wales are aware of this?

The people of Wales need to be informed about the potential adverse health impacts of chronic exposure to RFR and encouraged to reduce their personal exposure in their homes and everyday lives. Public bodies in Wales must also act to reduce the exposure of their staff and users to RFR.

Wales trails other nations

Wales lags far behind other countries in implementing precautionary measures on RFR exposure.

France, for example, legislated in 2015 in favour of ‘sobriety’: measures include banning WiFi from nurseries for children aged 3 and under, and stipulating that WiFi must be disabled in primary schools when not in use.

Last year, the French equivalent of Public Health Wales (ANSES) noted a possible effect of exposure to RFR on the well-being of children and on their cognitive functions (memory, executive functions and attention) and recommended reducing children’s RFR exposure.

Elsewhere too, action is being taken. Many other countries—Argentina, Belgium, Cyprus, Italy, Israel, Poland—are advising caution or seeking to reduce public exposure to RFR.

While the WFG Act should put Wales at the forefront of initiating policies to reduce public exposure to RFR, in reality, Wales has a lot of catching up to do.

An opportunity for Wales

Taking action to reduce RF pollution presents Wales with the opportunity to draw on the talent in our universities, our industry and business communities to pioneer the development of new bio-friendly telecommunications technologies which put the health of people and the environment first.

Olle Johansson, Professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and one of the world’s leading specialists on the health impacts of RFR, told me: “In Norway they see this [EMF-related] crisis as a potential platform to build tomorrow’s green, human- and environmentally-friendly technology. That’s smart and will probably make Norway richer than Japan ever was.” What is stopping Wales from showing similar ambition?

Besides helping to breathe new life into Wales’s economy and skills base, developing clean, non-toxic and sustainable alternatives to today’s wireless technologies would help Wales fulfill its goal of global responsibility in a way which would complement its transition to a low-carbon economy: a low-EMF economy.

Wales must dare to be different

Devolution means that we do not have to toe the line adopted by other parts of the UK when it comes to health and environmental issues.

Recent legislation shows how the ground-breaking WFG Act is helping to shape Wales’s commitment to sustainable practices, long-term thinking and prevention: the Environment Act 2016 committed Wales to substantially reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and to managing our natural resources sustainably, while the Public Health Act 2017 placed further restrictions on smoking in public places.

The roadmap for action on RFR is set out in the Council of Europe’s Resolution 1815 (2011). Measures include substantially reducing permitted exposure levels, preferring wired internet access over wireless in schools, hospitals and other public places, and running public health campaigns to inform the people of Wales of the risks from prolonged and ill-considered use of wireless technology.

Wales must take action

RF pollution is set to increase enormously if the roll-out of 5G goes ahead. This recently prompted an international appeal by scientists for a moratorium on 5G in the EU (13th September 2017).

The 180 signatories note: “5G technology is effective only over short distances. It is poorly transmitted through solid material. Many new antennas will be required and full-scale implementation will result in antennas every 10 to 12 houses in urban areas, thus massively increasing mandatory exposure.”

Rolling out more large-scale wireless infrastructure like smart meters and 5G is a short-sighted and wrong-headed policy which contravenes the WFG Act.

As is the case with climate change, remedial action in the future is likely to prove far more costly in human, environmental and economic terms than sensible decisions made now in the light of the substantial amount of scientific evidence of harmful impacts already available.

Wales must have the ambition to take up the challenges of developing bio-compatible alternatives to today’s wireless technologies. In conformity with the WFG Act, RF pollution in Wales must also be reduced. This will help make our ecosystems and our economy more resilient and ensure a healthier future for the people of Wales.
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Source: Nation Cymru, Annelie Fitzgerald, 20 Feb 2018

More Than a Coincidence: Major New Animal Study, Like NTP’s, Links RF to Schwannomas
Italy Created: 21 Feb 2018
It’s happened again - A second large study has found tumors in the Schwann cells —schwannomas— in the hearts of male rats exposed to cell phone radiation.

The new finding comes from the Ramazzini Institute in Bologna, Italy.

The malignant schwannomas of the heart seen in the Italian study are the same as those described by the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) earlier this month as the basis for their concern that cell phone radiation can lead to cancer.

The Ramazzini paper is expected to be published within a week.

Read about this important new study and its implications here:

Louis Slesin, PhD
Editor, Microwave News
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Source: Microwave News, Louis Slesin PhD, 21 Feb 2018

18 child smart watches fail Norwegian safety documentation standards
Norway Created: 11 Feb 2018
Norwegian telecoms regulator Nkom said it had examined eighteen models of smart watch for children, and found that not a single one of them complied with national regulations on documentation for radio equipment safety. It said the dealers and importers had not carried out sufficiently thorough checks of the devices before bringing them to market. Nkom looked at the devices themselves, their packaging, documentation and customer information.

Nkom said the shortcomings ranged from the absence of the 'CE' European safety standard marking, lack of manufacturer or type designation, and lack of testing documentation. Many of them lacked any indication of radiation testing.

The regulator will be sending out notifications to the dealers and importers and in most cases, they and the producers will have the opportunity to propose a resolution to correct the shortcomings.

Watches that do not fulfil requirements could be transmitting on the wrong wavelength, could interfere with other equipment and could be emitting unsafe levels of radiation.
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Source: TelecomPaper, 16 Jan 2018

Sierra Waldorf parents will urge leaders to deny wireless tower
USA Created: 10 Feb 2018
Parents of students at Sierra Waldorf School in Jamestown are hoping the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors will reverse the Planning Commission’s approval of an AT&T wireless telecommunications tower that would be located less than a mile away from the school.

The tower is approved for a location on residential property along Dante Drive, about 3,600 feet from the school, which some parents of students say is too close for comfort due to the questions over the potential health impacts from exposure to electromagnetic frequencies.

“We simply ask them to relocate this cell tower at a safe distance,” said Robert Tindall, of Sonora, who has an 8-year-old daughter attending second grade at Sierra Waldorf School.

The public hearing for the board to consider an appeal of the commission’s approval of the tower is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the board’s chambers on the fourth floor of the County Administrator Center at 2 S. Green St., Sonora.

The board’s regular meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and includes items related to mid-year budget adjustments, a nearly $500,000 bridge preventative maintenance project, and a proposed natural surface trail that would circumnavigate the county property on Greenley Road that includes the library and senior center.

Tindall said the Federal Communications Commission has done thorough studies on thermal radiation, such as the kind emitted by a microwave, but it hasn’t done thorough studies on nonthermal radiation like that which would be emitted by the tower.

A group of Sierra Waldorf parents have exchanged emails and met in private about the subject several times since Dec. 20, when the commission approved a permit for an AT&T contractor to build the tower.

The commission had previously approved the project in October but was forced to re-do the public hearing because of a clerical error in the posting of that meeting’s agenda, which the Community Resources Agency discovered days before an appeal hearing with the board on Nov. 21.

Raul Vaughn, who lives on Dante Drive and opposes the tower’s construction, filed the original appeal to the board after the commission’s October meeting and re-filed his appeal after the commission again approved the project in December.

Tindall and other parents opposed to the project say it’s not in compliance with the Tuolumne County Ordinance Code because they don’t believe AT&T explored alternative co-location sites, provided an accurate coverage map or landscaping plan, and doesn’t have legal access to the property that’s zoned residential.

The parents also believe the county is playing “Russian roulette” with their children’s health because of the unknown health effects. Tindall cited a policy by the International Association of Firefighters opposed to the use of fire stations as base stations for cell towers or antennas.

“Digital cellular antennas can have serious health effects,” Tindall said. “They (the firefighters association) cite strong evidence for increased danger of cancer, lymphoma, tumors, leukemia, disruption of sleep patterns, headaches, DNA breakage, and a grim parade of neurological changes.”

Though industry-sponsored studies say that a half-mile is a safe distance, Tindall said the parents believe the tower should be at least 2 or 3 miles away. A professional electrical engineer hired by AT&T attended the Dec. 20 meeting and said the frequency levels would be about 70 times below the FCC limit by the time they reached the school.

Tindall said he also believes the tower’s construction could imperil the financial future of the school.

“Environmentally aware parents, which is typical of a Waldorf parent, are going to think twice before enrolling or re-enrolling their children in a school so close to a cell tower,” he said. “If there’s a 5 percent drop in enrollment, that equals $100,000 lost, which will either be made up by tuition hikes or the cutting of vital programs or laying off of employees.”

The land on Dante Drive where the tower would be built is owned by Bruce and Elizabeth Beaudreau, who said they agreed to AT&T’s request for use of their property because the company said it would improve Internet service in the area.

They provided a petition at the Dec. 20 meeting with 35 signatures of people in the area who supported the tower.
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Source: The Union Democrat, Alex Maclean, 02 Feb 2018

Smart meters endanger health
USA Created: 10 Feb 2018
To the editor: The smart solution is not smart meters if you want to reduce rates. In locations that have smart meters the rates have increased substantially. Fires are a known problem. The company controls shutting off your electricity, air conditioning and smart appliances. The meter chirps constantly, trying to find a smart appliance, flooding your house with microwave radiation. Headaches, vertigo, dizziness, skin rashes, tingling, insomnia, brain fog, eye problems, fatigue, ears ringing, heart problems, muscle pain, weakened immunity and many more health ailments occur with these meters.

By law we must accept the “smart meter” from “any utility company.” These companies have shut off the electricity to hundreds of homes when a resident wanted to keep their old meter. They simply cut the electrical wires at the house or pole forcing some people to take their smart meter. Others who refused the smart meter have installed solar panels, wood-burning stoves, banks of storage batteries, electric generators and basically have been living off the grid for years.

There are hearings presently before the Michigan House Energy Committee asking for the passage of bill HB4220 which gives us “meter choice.” smartmetereductionnetwork.com

Detroit Edison offers an opt out. It is not a true opt out. You do not get to keep your old meter.

You must accept the smart meter, but for $67.50 initial fee plus $9.80 per month, they will shut off one of the two microwave radiations. This opt-out shuts off the amount of usage from your house to their office but leaves on the radiation that allows them to control the power to your house and appliances.

California has a true opt-out where you get to keep your analog or old meter. However, you must pay the similar opt-out fees as above.

Tennessee has introduced a bill into the Senate that would allow customers to opt-out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses without penalty or payment.

We want meter choice, an opt-out where we may keep our analog or digital meter and not have to pay outrageous blackmail fees to do so. We want to be assured by UPPCO that they will not use force to get smart meters installed on any resident’s home or business.

Paul and Carolyn Tormala
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Source: Daily Mining Gazette, Paul and Carolyn Tormala, 09 Feb 2018

Smartmålernes nye helse- og miljøskader
Norway Created: 10 Feb 2018
Med installeringen av nye strømmålere (AMS) utsettes du for kontinuerlig eksponering for miljøgift «Elektro-tåken» – en usynlig og lydløs kilde til helse- og miljøskader – gjøres enda litt tettere.

2,9 millioner AMS-målere – de nye smartmålerne – installeres i norske hjem i disse dager. Myndighetene har hevdet at målerne sender langt svakere enn mobiler, men det skyldtes at de har blandet sammen målemetoder: de sender faktisk langt sterkere2. Olje- og energidepartementet (OED), Norges vassdrags- og energidirektorat (NVE) og strømnettselskapene har ikke tatt advarslene om skadelige biologiske virkninger på alvor. De er mer opptatt av å holde fremdriften – alle skal være koblet til før 20193. En del folk rapporterer om helseplager etter at de har fått smartmålerne i sitt hjem. Målerne vil uunngåelig bidra til å trekke antallet uføretrygdede oppover, med diagnoser utover et bredt spekter av «uforklarte» lidelser. Slik får vi en forsmak på Tingenes Internett.

Måling av skadevirkninger. I min forrige artikkel i Ny Tid (oktober 2017) ble en rekke biologiske og tekniske skademekanismer ved radiobølget stråling nevnt. Mekanismene er kjent i faglitteraturen, men overses av trådløsnæringen. Næringen har utviklet seg i ly av romslige grenseverdier basert på at slik stråling bare kan skade ved oppvarming. Derfor er det oppvarmingspotensialet man setter grenser for. Og man knytter fortsatt målemetoden til oppvarmingsevnen – som et gjennomsnitt over flate og tid – til tross for at flere tusen forskningsrapporter dokumenterer mer subtile virkemåter som ikke kan fanges opp slik, og at trådløst gir plager og skader helt uten målbar oppvarming. Ikke minst er det de brå, sterke og korte lavfrekvente pulsene i moderne digital kommunikasjon som knyttes til et bredt spekter biologiske skadevirkninger4. AMS-målere av merket Aidon sender slike pulser hvert 0,6 sekund døgnet rundt, selv om de bare skal overføre ørlite forbruksdata en sjelden gang i blant.

Tilsvarende bygger norsk helsepolitikk på forestillingen om at ingen kan bli syke når gjennomsnittseksponeringen er for svak til å varme opp vev, og at AMS-målerne derfor er ufarlige. Men dette er foreldet kunnskap. Grenseverdier som skal beskytte mot biologisk påvirkning må fastsettes utfra mekanismer som virker ved langt svakere eksponering enn dagens strålegrenser. Blant annet må den lavfrekvente pulsingen tas med i beregningen5.

Kanarifuglene i gruven. I bøker, på blogger og i sosiale medier kloden rundt finner man nå historier om hvordan folk blir syke kort tid etter at smartmåleren er i hus6. Symptomene er særlig hodepine, ørhet, utmattelse, utslett, smerter i ledd og tinnitus. Utslagene varierer fra person til person, styrke og varighet likeså. Helseplager folk allerede har, for eksempel MS, kan forverres. Plagene blir borte i hus uten målere eller ute i skog og mark. Dette er det biologiske forklaringer på.

Norsk helsevesens offisielle standpunkt er likefullt at slike reaksjoner må ha andre årsaker eller skyldes innbilling og angst7. Men blant dem som rammes er det også personer som ikke var det minste bekymret for slikt, som ikke har reagert på elektromagnetiske felt før og som ikke en gang ante at det gikk an. Forøvrig finnes det objektive medisinske tester og blindtestmetoder8.

Prosentvis er det få som rapporterer om helseplager etter målerinstallering. «Folk flest» hekter nok heller sine diffuse plager på mer konvensjonelle årsaker. Det er derfor naturlig med store mørketall. De som rapporterer er som «kanarifuglene i gruven» – de gir oss det første varselet om at alle utsettes for en miljøbelastning som over tid vil ramme flere.

Som julekvelden på kjerringa. Alt tidlig i AMS-prosjektet ble tankene luftet om frykten for helseplager. Men målernes signaler ligger langt innenfor gjeldende grenseverdier, som man forventet at var trygge, og de ligger innenfor fribruksforskriftens tekniske krav. Dermed ble målernes kommunikasjon basert på trådløst. Og så får mange helseplager likevel.

Man kan undres over hvordan forvaltningen så sikkert kunne – og fortsatt tillater seg å – frikjenne trådløsteknologien når fagfolk kloden rundt advarer9. Strålevernforvaltningene i land som Norge er underbemannet og innrømmer selv at de mangler kompetanse til å vurdere helsevirkningene10. Nasjonale strålevernetater og helseministerier blir derfor takknemlige brukere av ferdige utredninger fra næringen, som de så baserer sine standpunkter på. IKT-bransjen leverer. Den er omtrent fire ganger større enn legemiddelbransjen og dyktig til å fremme sitt virkelighetsbilde. Slik kan den skape en felles, tjenlig forståelse av at helserisikoen er lav11. Nkom, nettselskapene, konsulenter og underskogen av småselskaper velger å stole på myndighetene, selv om dagens lovgivning pålegger dem et selvstendig ansvar12.

AMS-prosjektets Catch-22. En helt vanlig unntaksformulering ble lagt inn i AMS-forskriftens § 413. Der heter det at «Nettselskapene har ikke plikt til å installere AMS dersom (…) b) installasjonen er til vesentlig og dokumenterbar ulempe for sluttbruker.» Å utvise skjønn ble altså overlatt til nettselskapene, dog etter veiledning fra NVE: i kommentarene til forskriften14 ga NVE den tolkning at «AMS skal i utgangspunktet installeres i alle målepunkt» og at «Med ’ulempe for [sluttbruker]’ menes først og fremst i helsemessig forstand». I rettledningsskriv15 ble det senere gjort tydelig at NVE ønsket at nettselskapene foreløpig burde ta forholdsvis lett på dokumentasjonskravet.

Per juni 2017 var det registrert nær 1000 fritak. Senere tall foreligger ikke, men tallet har nok steget sterkt. Allerede før målerutskiftningene begynte, fikk både OED, NVE og nettselskapene brev, klager og telefoner fra folk som hevdet at økt helserisiko fra smartmålere er påregnelig, og det ble lagt frem tung og omfattende vitenskapelig dokumentasjon. Mange søkte fritak med utgangspunkt i at forskningen viser at det foreligger «vesentlig dokumenterbar ulempe» i helsemessig forstand – det måtte jo være tilstrekkelig for en kunnskapsbasert forvaltning som endatil skal ha Grunnlovens føre var-paragraf (§ 112) som rettesnor. Men nei: Skritt for skritt har NVE, med OEDs velsignelse, gjort det vanskeligere å få fritak av helsegrunner16. Nettselskapene gir nå avslag med den begrunnelse at kunden må ha legeerklæring som dokumenterer at de allerede har helseproblemer eller angst som kan knyttes til elektromagnetisk stråling. Det skal kundene skaffe seg i et land der dogmet som blir lagt til grunn i legeutdanningen er at det kun er ved oppvarming helseskader forekommer. Noen leger begrunner derfor at de nekter å skrive attester med at de tror slike skadereaksjoner ikke er mulig17.

At man kan søke fritak er knapt å spore på strømselskapenes nettsider. Får du fritak for deg, skal du vite at naboens trådløse måler likefullt monteres, selv om den står på veggen mot soverommet ditt. NVE aksepterer nemlig ikke at fritak gis for å beskytte naboer, venner, familie eller omsorgspersoner som selv ikke tilhører husstanden18.

Det er et problem for AMS-prosjektet at teknologien og utplasseringsmåten – som måtte til for å gi prosjektet realisme – ikke lenger er etisk og helsepolitisk forsvarlig. Det viser «kanarifuglene» som kvitrer om sine plager, og det viser dagens kunnskapsstatus.

NVE var delaktig i teknologivalget og satte i gang et prosjekt som viste seg å hvile på tvilsomme forutsetninger. Dersom NVE vil fjerne helserisikoen, må NVE pålegge kabling i blokker, rekkehus og tett bebyggelse, samt retningsantenner her og der. Løsningene er hyllevare19, men en slik endring vil sprenge budsjetter og tidsrammer. En slik omlegging vil dessuten sette Statens strålevern i dårlig lys og forsinke Elhub-prosjektet – prosjektet som skal gi Norge et mer dynamisk, mer effektivt og mer sentralisert kraftmarked.

Nettselskapene, som valgte teknologien, er også i en tvangssituasjon: flere kunder henvender seg nå i grupper og vil ha kablede løsninger. De vil ganske enkelt ikke akseptere trådløse sendere i hjemmet som sender 24/7/365. Nettselskapene som forhandlet vekk kablingsalternativet løper høy omdømmerisiko – i tillegg til den økonomiske – hvis de velger å fortsette dagens faste linje.

Dilemmaer med Tingenes Internett. Slike Catch-22-situasjoner vil mange andre etater og næringsdrivende havne i på veien mot «smart-samfunnet». Noen er der allerede: Enkelte nye fjernkontroller sender radiopulser hele tiden. KabelTV-selskapet Get sender ut sine Getboxer som slår på WiFi for fullt når kontakten settes i – enten du har bestilt WiFi eller ikke. Securitas monterer sine Verisure alarmsentraler som stråler kontinuerlig om kapp med Getboxen. Vannmålere monteres som sender status i ett sett for å kunne avleses en gang i måneden. For det er billig å lage, gir lite kundestøtte og er tillatt.

Det finnes faktisk folk i dag som ikke kommer seg til sykehus og andre offentlige tjenester – de tåler rett og slett ikke strålingen i lokalene20. Hvor skal de som blir syke være i det «smarte» Tingenes Internetts rike, når duppedittene rundt oss – våre egne eller andres – plager stadig fler? Skal de bli nødt til å godta uttalelsen til Guro Grøtterud, seksjonssjef i avdeling Sluttbruker i NVE: «De overfølsomme får holde seg hjemme!»21 Skal de holde seg der da, sammen med naboenes smartmålere?
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Source: Ny Tid, Einar Flydal, 03 Jan 2018

Visualising Electromagnetic Fields
United Kingdom Created: 8 Feb 2018
This project set out to explore the world around us that is increasingly populated by invisible phenomenon. Most of the modern technology that we use is sometimes invisible. As interaction designers, we constantly talk about them and use them to shape experiences. This project provides a visual framework with which to visualise these unseen phenomena, to enable open dialogue and communication between many disciplines and shared personal interests.

Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) are invisible to humans but they exist around all devices with electrical and magnetic parts. Using custom software, long exposure photography and stop-frame animation, a light-painting technique was developed that captured and visualised the EMF around everyday objects like our laptops and radios.

Collaboration with: Shamik Ray.

Visit the source link below to see the videos...
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Source: Luke Sturgeon & Shamik Ray, 08 Feb 2018

What Changed at NTP? Same RF Cancer Data, Different Outlook
USA Created: 7 Feb 2018
Why was the NTP so ambivalent about its cell phone cancer findings at the press conference last Friday when two years ago the same scientific evidence prompted a public health warning?.

Some of the pathology numbers got tweaked since they were first released in 2016, but the changes were minor. It’s the same data set —but with a very different interpretation.

Who or what moved the NTP managers to change their minds? There’s no shortage of suspects and suspicions. Here are a few:
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Source: Microwave News, Louis Slesin PhD, 07 Feb 2018

Cell phone radiation linked to cancer in rats in first-ever large government-funded study
United Kingdom Created: 6 Feb 2018
Cell phone radiation could pose a risk of certain cancers to some, the preliminary findings of two new major studies from the National Institutes Health suggest.

Six percent of male rats exposed to the same kind of radiation our cell phones emit - though in much larger quantities - developed a type of cancer called a schwannoma in their hearts.

The pair of studies are the largest the National Toxicology Program has ever conducted about the carcinogenic effects of cell phone radiation.

The authors caution that while much more research is needed to find out whether or not the ways that average people use cell phones could raise cancer risks, the findings highlight an 'area of concern'.

Over the course of the last two years, researchers at the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been exposing rats and mice to varying levels of cell phone radio frequency radiation.

In 2016 - early days in the research timeline - the NIH scientists released preliminary data warning that it seemed there was a very possible link between cell phone radiation and cancer.

That early release prompted a spate of related research, which, in turn, prompted the state of California and former NIH toxicologists, among others, to issue warnings in the last year.

Smartphones and other wireless devices put out small amounts of low frequency microwave radiation when they connect networks and transmit information.

This energy is not nearly as strong as ultraviolet radiation or X-ray energy, but the new studies add to the mounting evidence that even microwave radiation, in high doses, can pose some health risks.

In their multi-million dollar study, the NTP researchers exposed rats and mice to high levels of radiation over the course of 18 hours each day, alternating 10-minute exposures with 10-minute periods without exposures.

Radiation surges when cell phones are trying to connect to faint network signals or transmit large amounts of information.

Experts warn that it is these inconsistent exposures that make the devices particularly risky.

'Our ultimate findings are about the same as we put out in 2016,' says study co-author Dr John Bucher.

What they found, both early on and at the end of the study, was that there were 'statistically significant' differences in the incidence of heart schwannoma tumors in rats.

The incidences of other cancers were not higher, statistically speaking, than the researchers would have expected to see in rats as they aged in general.

Schwannomas develop from peripheral nervous cells, called Schwann cells. They develop inside the sheath that covers nerves, wrapping and interfering with nerves themselves.

In humans, these tumors are usually benign. These noncancerous schwannomas are most common in the vestibular nerve that connects the brain and the ear.

Malignant schwannomas can start anywhere, but seem to be most common in the leg, arm or lower back, sometimes causing a bump, pain, muscle weakness or tingling.

Though they are not common in human hearts, cardiac tissue is a good target for cell phone radiation, Dr Bucher says.

Microwave radiation works by heating water. Muscle tissue - like the heart - is 75 percent water, while fat, for example, is only about 10 percent water.

That means that muscular tissues are especially affected by cell phone radiation, which my explain why the nerve tumors were most likely to form in a highly muscular organ.

Counter-intuitively, bigger animals are more sensitive to radiation.

So, the higher rate of tumors in males 'was probably due to the fact that male rats simply absorb more radiation than females as a function of the size of the animal,' Dr Bucher explained.

Similarly, cancer risks for mice were negligible, and female rats that were pregnant - and therefore larger - were also more sensitive to radiation.

Though Dr Bucher says the levels of microwave radiation the animals were exposed to were much higher than we encounter from our cell phones, humans are, of course, considerably larger than rats.

It is also worth note that radiation exposures in the study would still comply with federal regulations on heat microwave heat generated by cell phones, and still there were increased risks of at least one cancer for rats.

Dr Joel Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California, Berkeley said that 'the federal radio frequency radiation limits should be re-assessed and strengthened in light of these findings.'

The NTP findings have not been peer-reviewed yet, but Dr Bucher said that they are 'important because they give us an area of concern, and we now have a starting place where we might know where to look' for potential cancer risks from cell phones.
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Source: Daily Mail, Natalie Rahhal, 02 Feb 2018

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