In the past nine months, neighbors of north Berkeley are fighting the siting of Sprint antennas in their residential area. A law suit was filed against the City of Berkeley on August 22, 2003. This is a small law suit. There will be other law suits against the City and the provider in the near future. Neighbors decided to file law suits before the upcoming public hearing.
Effects of radiation - help
I have some remarks and supplements.
First it is correct that the standard (ICNIRP) today only taking into account the thermal effects + it is for the far field region. This is only the standard that a mobile company must taking into account.
Depending the country were you live it is possible that a stringent standard is present. For example here in Belguim the max. limit is 26V/m at 900 MHz and 30 V/m at 1800 MHz. If we do measurements the level that is measured is arround 3 V/m mostly it is much lower. Today there excist no standard for non thermal effects, and thus the mobile company must not take this into account.
Today in the research to many conflicting results are present. One research find a effect other doesn't find any effects. Also effects found in vivo and in vitro will not tell you that there is effect in a human. A animal for example a rat has a different reaction to a field than a human. Also for example if you find DNA damage in only exposed blood this will not say that also DNA damage excist in blood in a human. There is a blood circulation, in a human body there are very complex chemical and biological proccesses. I will only say interpretation of results of in vivo and in vitro must done carefully.
I think, and not only I, more research is needed. More research must be done on the effects of low level non-ionized modulated fields. This research can best be done in a coordinated way. Therefore I will make a reference to a call of Dr. L. Verschaeve from VITO, Belgium in the bioelectromagnetics newsletter of MARCH/APRIl 2003 that can be found on the bioelectromagnetic website.
Second if you would like to know what the exact exposure is that you get, you must do a measurement 24 at 24. Why? You do not live at one place. You go to work, to family, you go shopping etc.... It is maybe possible that the exposure in the office from a GSM antenna 1 km from you is higher than the antenna 5 meter from your home. To know the exact exposure is very complex. There is not only the antenna at 5 meter but maybe one at 10 km. There is interference, reflection from buildings, attenuation from outside to inside the building depending on the materials used in the buildings etc... You can say we not a simulation, yes it is possible but not everything can be included in this simulation. Also we have not only exposure from GSM but also from radio, tv etc... How must we do a measurement? Today in COST281 there is a debate how this must be done. Maybe it can be done be a wearable dosimeter for non-ionized radiation which has a broadband isotropic response. Today there already are measurement tools that can do this but they are portable but not wearable. Also I think if a measurement is done person by person a measurement must be done at fixed positions. I have already had a idee to make something like a measurement network for non-ionised in an analogy like that of air pollution. But there was no interest from Government. Why such a network? In this way we can compare the individual exposure to the rural exposure. Also in this way hot spots can be found.
These are the remarks and supplements that I had.
Thank you so, so much for your attention. I was really surprised with your interest in helping.
I say that because I've been trying to get some information about the subject here in Brazil but only a very few people wrote me back. Unfortunately, it seems that Brazilians, like most South Americans, lost faith in the corrupt system and don’t even bother trying to make a difference because, at the end, justice can always be bought.
There are some people, nevertheless, that are fighting against the big companies and we have a few cases of antennas that have already being disconnected, although the disconnection in temporary, because the companies are still appealing in court. Therefore, all the information and links your are sending can help me and others in the future. Even if the studies are not conclusive, the doubt can be used in our favour, not against.
Once again, thanks a lot and I will share any "news" I manage to get outside the group.
Melbourne Workshop - EMR EMF and Human Health
Workshop - EMR EMF and Human Health
Date: September 10 2003
Location: Metropole Hotel 44 Brunswick Street Fitzroy 3065
· How is EMR described and measured? What are the different types of radiation?
· EMR, EMF, EME, EMC, SAR, RADHAZ, DASY, ACA, ARPANSA, Non-ionising. What do such terms mean?
· Is there a natural electromagnetic environment, and how does it compare with man-made EM fields?
· What are the sources of EMR and EMF? Which ones are potentially harmful, and how do I recognize them? · What types of exposure are there, and how do they compare with natural EMR exposure conditions?
· How does EMR affect living organisms? How much EMR is too much? Do low level effects exist?
· Is all EMR exposure bad? How is EMR used to benefit human health?
· What type of research is conducted, what are the results and are they significant?
· What is the status of EMR and EMF safety Standards and guidelines?
· What legislation applies in the area of EMR and EMF and what do you have to do to comply? Who administers the legislation? Is it policed? What is the "EMR Framework?"
· What practical steps can be taken to protect personnel and reduce the effects of EMR? Many sources of EMR are discussed including HV and LV Power Lines, transformers, domestic appliances, microwave ovens, induction heaters, plastic welders, microwave links, defence radar, radio & radar transmitters, broadcast transmitters, TV translators, security systems, X-Ray equipment, MRI, therapeutic and diagnostic equipment, visual display units, computers, electric blankets, automatic door openers, mobile and hand-held radios, mobile phones & base stations, rooftop antennas.
Contact: John Hyne
Tel:03 9846 3248
Informant: Don Maisch
Comment Dr Miquel Mutané:
Melbourne Questionshop - 10 years "after" - the introduction of the mobile telephone.
But, vital health questions in mobile telephony with NO answer?.
Dear John Hyne
You have more than 1,000,000,000. mobile phone users as microwave guinea pigs.
Is it possible to state more questions 10 years "after" the introduction of the mobile telephone?
I offer to your attention two vital questions presented in Luxembourg (24.2.2003) to the European Commission, WHO and mobile operators.
Basic vital question: with NO answer?
All these questions you propose now were correct 10 years "before" the introduction of the mobile telephony, not now.
Dr. George Carlo, (October 1999). "I am concerned that the wireless industry is missing a valuable opportunity by dealing with these public health concerns through politics, creating illusions that more research over the next several years helps consumers today, and false claims that regulatory compliance means safety. The better choice by the wireless industry would be to implement measured steps aimed at true consumer protection."
Barry Fletcher writes to PM
I am sending a little more info on myself regarding my protest on EMF’s. I have tried very hard to get someone in authority to listen in the UK. But, alas, my concerns always fall of deaf ears, even Mr Anthony Blair's, our esteemed and caring Prime Minister.
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