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EMF Studies

13 December 2017

New Study Finds Infant And Toddler Brains Absorb More Microwave Radiation From Wireless Phones

New Study Finds Infant And Toddler Brains Absorb More Microwave Radiation From Wireless Phones
EHtrust.org, 30 November 2017

IT Experts Reveal That Infant And Toddler Brains Absorb More Microwave Radiation From Wireless Phones

First Study To Evaluate Cell Phone Radiation Exposures With Realistic Head Models

In a newly published paper in IEEE Access, cell phone modeling experts reveal that toddlers receive far greater microwave radiation from cell phones than previous research models assumed. The maximum SAR values, a measure of cellphone radiation, in young children’s head tissues were up to 78% higher than SAR values measured in the adult model. The IT researchers call for lower cell phone radiation regulatory limits to account for young children’s exposures, echoing recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics to the US government to update cell phone regulations to protect children.

Researchers from the University of Queensland Australia School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering compared cell phone microwave radiation exposures of adults to infants and toddlers who are three months to three years old. The experts evaluated various scenarios where parents might hold a phone up to a child’s head and computed the cell phone radiation exposures into the child’s skin and brain tissues. Confirming earlier studies by experts at the University of Porto Alegre and Environmental Health Trust (EHT), they found that cell phone radiation reaches further into younger children’s brains than previously estimated.

12 December 2017

France to Impose Total Ban on Mobile Phones in Schools

French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer at
the Elysee palace in Paris. 
Credit: Ludovic Marin/AFP
"For the education minister the issue of mobile phones and tablets is a matter of 'public health'. "It's important that children under the age of seven are not in front of these screens," he added." 

France to impose total ban on mobile phones in schools
by Henry Samuel, Paris, The Telegraph,
11 December 2017

France is to impose a total ban on pupils using mobile phones in primary and secondary schools starting in September 2018, its education minister has confirmed.

Phones are already forbidden in French classrooms but starting next school year, pupils will be barred from taking them out at breaks, lunch times and between lessons.

Teachers and parents are divided over a total ban, however, with some saying children must be able to "live in their time". In France, some 93 per cent of 12 to 17-year-olds own mobile phones.

"These days the children don't play at break time anymore, they are just all in front of their smartphones and from an educational point of view that's a problem," said Jean-Michel Blanquer, the French education minister.

'Tsunami of Data' Could Consume One Fifth of Global Electricity by 2025

Tsunami of data’ could consume one fifth of global electricity by 2025

Climate Home News, part of the Guardian Environment Network, 11 December 2017


Billions of internet-connected devices could produce 3.5% of global emissions within 10 years and 14% by 2040, according to new research, reports Climate Home News

(Photo):  A Google data centre. US researchers expect power consumption to triple in the next five years as one billion more people come online in developing countries. Photograph: Google/Rex

The communications industry could use 20% of all the world’s electricity by 2025, hampering attempts to meet climate change targets and straining grids as demand by power-hungry server farms storing digital data from billions of smartphones, tablets and internet-connected devices grows exponentially.

Has the Smart Phone Replaced the Cigarette?



Has the Smart Phone Replaced the Cigarette?
saferemr.com, 11 December 2017

To see recent research on addiction to smart phones,
social media and internet gaming: http://bit.ly/addictionsaferemr.

Is the smart phone the cigarette of the 21st century?

Yesterday cigarette companies published the following notice in major newspapers in the U.S. as part of a year-long counter-advertising campaign to comply with a Federal court order.

10 December 2017

France: « No more mobile phones in schools and 'collèges' as of the 2018 return », announces the Minister for National Education

« No more mobile phones in schools and “collèges” as of the 2018 return », announces Jean-Michel Blanquer
Le Monde, 10 December 2017 (translation)

The measure, confirmed Sunday by the Minister for National Education, was a campaign promise of Emmanuel Macron.

Philippe Huguen / AFP
Mobile phones will be banned in schools and “collèges” [children up to age 15] as of the 2018 return, announced the Minister for National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, Sunday 10 December, during a broadcast of “Le Grand Jury RTL-LCI-Le Figaro”. “We are working on the issue, this can take different forms,” he said. “You may need it for educational purposes, for emergency situations, so mobile phones must be limited.”

This was a campaign promise of Emmanuel Macron.

Many teachers are alarmed by the “scourge” and the “endless war” posed by mobile phones at school. More than eight out of ten teenagers were equipped with a smartphone, according to a 2015 Credoc study, compared to 20% in 2011. The trend begins towards primary school, when students start to have one sometimes from fourth grade onwards when they go to school alone because it reassures parents to be able to reach them at any time.

International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP): Revision of High-Frequency Guidelines

REVISION OF THE HF GUIDELINES
www.icnirp.org, 7 December 2017

Munich, Germany, 7 December 2017

Note on the Revision of the High-Frequency Portion of the ICNIRP 1998 EMF Guidelines

ICNIRP’s current guidelines for the high-frequency (100 kHz – 300 GHz) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum were published in 1998. Given the large body of relevant research that has been generated since those 1998 guidelines, ICNIRP is now revising the guidelines to incorporate this literature.

The revision of the guidelines has been underway since 2014, and a public consultation version of the updated guidelines is expected within the first half of 2018. Given this timing, ICNIRP has been asked whether, in the interim period, the current guidelines can still be considered as protective. This is a very reasonable question, particularly given that changes are anticipated in the revised guidelines.

Pollution: A Crime against Health

Pollution:  A Crime against Health
Bulletin no. 85 (October 2017), ARTAC (Association for Research on Treatment against Cancer)
(President, Professor Dominique Belpomme) (translation)

The legal group formed within ARTAC on June 2, 2017, aimed to continue the discussion on the tabling of an amendment to the Rome Statute to have pollution recognized as a health crime at the International Criminal Court (ICC). In this regard, several topics were discussed: asbestos and its consequences on health (cancers); pesticides as endocrine disruptors; electromagnetic pollution. Note that Professor Stefania Negri (Italy) has joined us.

(Photo):  Professor of International Law at the University of Salerno, specialist in procedural and penal international law, in health and environmental law, Stefania Negri is particularly interested today in the environmental health point of view of European law. She holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Law on Health, Environment and Food Safety. 

Composition of this Think Tank 

Antonino Abrami (Italian judge), Dominique Belpomme (President of ARTAC), Marie-Odile Bertella-Geffroy (former magistrate and lawyer at the TGI of Paris), Olivier Cachard (Professor of International Law at the University of Metz and lawyer), Christine Campagnac (project director at ARTAC), Anaïs Français (lawyer), Franck Laval (president of Ecologie Sans Frontières), Stefania Negri (see description above), Etienne Riondet (lawyer at the Bar of Paris), Michèle Rivasi (Member of the European Parliament), Kathleen Rueff (Founder of RightonCanada.ca, NGO specialized in the field of asbestos), Jean-Paul Teissonnière (environmental lawyer), Louise Vandelac (sociologist and professor at the University of Montreal).

09 December 2017

How Electromagnetic Radiation Affects Male Fertility

How EMF Radiation Effects Male Fertility
In Knowledge by Christian, 6 December 2017

There can be a stigma out there, or an assumption, that when a couple is having a hard time conceiving, that it is likely the woman’s issue. This really isn’t the case, in fact about 50% of the time, male infertility issues are the reason the couple has failed to conceive.

My wife and I struggled with infertility for almost 2 years before we were finally able to have our baby girl. So this is personal for me. Although ultimately we were able to conceive, and we did find some issues along the way that were unrelated to environmental issues, I needed to understand how EMF radiation effects male fertility.

I found most of this when I was just researching for myself, how EMF radiation effects male fertility. I needed to know so I could do everything possible to make changes in my life. So do me a favor, if you get anything at all out of this article, consider sharing it with friends and family. You never know how information can have a positive effect on those around you. Click one of those social media buttons you see on the left, or at the bottom of this post.

Does EMF Radiation Effect Male Fertility?

How Do EMFs Damage Sperm?

Massachusetts: New Water Meters Spark Radiation Fears in Housatonic

Digital water meter
New water meters spark radiation fears in Housatonic
by Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle, 5 December 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON — There was a water meter fight in Housatonic last week.

A plan already underway by the Housatonic Water Works Co. to replace analog water meters with a new wireless model has customers worried about bursts of radiation from its transmitter, which sends water use data to the company using cellular networks.

The private water company and meter manufacturer say the level of radiation is less than that emitted by a text message, and is equivalent to "a brief cell phone call." But ratepayers are still wary.

"You're trying to force these meters on people when in fact they're dangerous," said Christopher Rowland, a resident, speaking to James Mercer, the water company's co-owner and treasurer.

Texas: Court Hears Case Over Worker Fired for Smart Meter Testimony

TEXAS - Court hears case over worker fired for smart-meter testimony
Green Wire, 5 December 2017

A Texas utility is hoping to overturn a labor board ruling that it unlawfully fired an employee for raising safety concerns about smart meters.

Oncor Electric Delivery Co. discharged 34-year employee Bobby Reed in 2013 after he testified to Texas lawmakers that smart meters led to fires in consumers' homes. The National Labor Relations Board ruled that the testimony should have been protected under the National Labor Relations Act.

But an attorney for Oncor today argued to a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit that the fired employee's testimony didn't fall under those protections.

"The board failed to apply the law," David Lonergan, the attorney, argued today in court. "He didn't bring up any employee concern. ... We don't think it was protected."

At issue is testimony that Reed gave at a hearing that the Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee convened in October 2012 to weigh consumer complaints about smart meters.