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European Parliament resolution: health risks associated with electromagnetic fields

Update March 2020: Briefing on Effects of 5G wireless communication on human health - European Parliamentary Research Service - PE 646.172 European Parliament resolution of 2 April 2009 on health concerns associated with electromagnetic fields (2008/2211(INI)) On 2 April 2009, the European Parliament adopted the resolution entitled 'Health concerns associated with electromagnetic fields (EMF)' by 566 votes in favour. Three points from the resolution: The European Parliament1.   Urges the Commission to review the scientific basis and adequacy of the EMF limits as laid down in Recommendation 1999/519/EC and report to the Parliament; calls for the review to be undertaken by the Scientific Committee...

David and Goliath battle in Switzerland for stop 5G rollout because of health risks

Update 13-7: Friday the CHANCE5G online platform will be launched. The initiative is funded by the Swiss Telecommunications Industry Association (ASUT) and its members, including telecom companies Sunrise, Swisscom, Cellnex as well as Ericsson and Huawei. They claim that the development of 5G is being held back by 'false conclusions and a lack of knowledge about the technology'.Update 29-2: In Switzerland, municipalities and cantons are battling against providers and the federal government that has auctioned the broadcasting licenses. The municipalities and cantons argue that the adaptive 5G antennas emit at much higher peak power so that they do not...

EU 5G Appeal – Scientists warn of potential serious health effects of 5G

In an appeal to the European Union, more than 180 scientists and doctors from 36 countries warn about the danger of 5G, which will lead to a massive increase in involuntary exposure to electromagnetic radiation. The scientists urge the EU to follow Resolution 1815 of the Council of Europe, asking for an independent task force to reassess the health effects."We, the undersigned scientists, recommend a moratorium on the roll-out of the fifth generation, 5G, for telecommunication until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry. 5G will substantially increase exposure...

Major Austrian insurer AUVA finds effects of cell phones on DNA, EEG and human proteins

Update August 2016: AUVA Athem 2 report: "DNA damage from cell phones proven" (Article Diagnose Funk)On behalf of the major Austrian insurance company AUVA with over 4.3 million policyholders, research was carried out into the health effects of electromagnetic fields from mobile phones at levels well below current exposure limits, which only protect against warming.In the studies on healthy volunteers, the effects of the fields of the GSM-900 and UMTS technology were measured in a double-blind study. The main results are as follows:Increasing changes in EEG in the alpha spectrum, from about 5-10 minutes after the start of...

U.S. senator Blumenthal raises concerns on 5G wireless technology’s potential health risks

Source: U.S. SenateU.S. Senator Blumenthal criticizes the FCC & FDA for inadequate answers on outstanding public health questions. Wireless carriers concede they are not aware of any independent scientific studies on safety of 5G technologies.During the Feb. 7th Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing on the future of 5G wireless technology and their impact on the American people and economy, U.S. senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) raised concerns with the lack of any scientific research and data on the technology’s potential health risks.U.S. senator Blumenthal raises concerns on 5G wireless technology's potential health risksSource: U.S. Senate During the Feb....

Radiation 5G antennas restricted: uncertainty about danger to public health

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs is considering national restrictions on the radiation emitted by transmission masts. The roll-out of 5G is expected to result in a proliferation of antennas, including in lampposts and bus shelters. This may pose a risk to public health.Source: Algemeen Dagblad, Peter Winterman. Translated from Dutch by JRS."5G can operate at a higher frequency. That means more capacity, but the range of an antenna is shorter. As a result, many more small transmitters will be needed, which will appear everywhere in the streetscape" Spokesperson for the Ministry of Economic AffairsA document from the Ministry...

Nicosia Declaration on Electromagnetic Fields and Radiofrequencies, November 2017

The Cyprus Medical Association, the Vienna Austrian Medical Chamber  and the Cyprus National Committee on Environment and Children’s Health have signed the Nicosia Declaration  on electromagnetic and radiofrequency radiation and have issued a Common Position Paper and 16 practical rules to educate people and reduce exposure to cell phones and wireless radiation.These practical steps are based on the existing rules published annually by the Medical Chamber of Vienna/Austria, the rules published by the Cyprus Committee on Environment and Children’s Health and the recent Reykjavik appeal 2017.Source: ehtrust.org/2017-nicosia-declaration-electromagnetic-radiofrequency-radiation/ 

Cyprus removes Wi-Fi from kindergartens and halts wireless deployment into public elementary schools

Cyprus Minister of Education issues new Decree to minimize wireless radiation exposure to children in schools and require parental consentUpdate: Cyprus Brochure on Electromagnetic Fields in EnglishSource: Environmental Health TrustThe Cyprus Minister of Education and Culture issued a Decree on January 31, 2017, marked "urgent" to all Directors of Kindergartens and Primary Schools, with specific measures to eliminate and minimize wireless radiation exposure to children in schools. "We have taken the decision to have the wireless network Wi-Fi disabled in all Public kindergartens in Cyprus," reads the Decree. Wireless is to be removed from all Cyprus kindergartens, and wireless...

Bioinitiative working group issues a no confidence letter to the WHO emf programmanager

BioInitiative Working Group Issues a “No Confidence” Letter to the WHO EMF Program Manager (2016.12.19) The BioInitiative Working Group has advised the World Health Organization’s Dr. Emilie van Deventer that the membership composition of the RF Environmental Health Criteria Core Group is unacceptable. WHO is urged to make changes to the WHO RF EHC Core Group membership to more fairly reflect membership and expertise of the 2011 IARC RF Working Group. At present the WHO RF EHC Core Group is indistinguishable from ICNIRP (1, 2) undermining credibility of the process and ensuring doubt about conclusions. Read the Letter from the Bioinitiative...

Advice from Cyprus government committee for the Safety of the Environment and Children’s Health

The Council of Ministers of Cyprus established the National Committee for the Safety of the Environment and Children's Health in 2004 (orig. In Greek). The Committee's mission is to protect the fetus and the child from health threats in the environment, to promote normal physical, mental and emotional growth. This is a prerequisite for a healthy future for our children. Recently, the Committee issued an excellent educational video in which the use of wireless devices by children is strongly discouraged.Advice from Cyprus government committee for the Safety of the Environment and Children's HealthThe Council of Ministers of Cyprus established the National...