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WHO classifies electromagnetic fields as potentially carcinogenic

On 31 May 2011, after a week of meetings by 31 scientists from 14 different countries, the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer), a division of the World Health Organisation WHO, announced in a press release that it will classify high-frequency electromagnetic fields (used by mobile telephony) in group 2b: 'possibly carcinogenic'.It does so mainly on the basis of Interphone and Hardell's research into brain tumours: glioma and auditory nerve tumours. In 2008, 237,913 new cases of brain tumours were recorded worldwide (2/3 of which concerned malignant gliomas).With this IARC statement, the WHO is leaving the dogma that...

European Parliament resolution: health risks associated with electromagnetic fields

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 on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks;27.   Is greatly concerned about the fact that insurance companies are tending to exclude...

Council of Europe advice on health risks of electromagnetic radiation

The document on the Council of Europe website: Resolution 12608 and press release resolution 1815Link to Resolution 12608 in PDF file (alternate with markings).The Council of Europe, known from the European Convention on Human Rights, published a report on 6 May 2011 under the chairmanship of Jean Huss on the dangers to public health of electromagnetic fields. The committee calls for the lowering of exposure limits.The committee goes further than that: it recommends removing all wireless equipment from classrooms and calls for special measures to be taken to protect people who are sensitive to electromagnetic radiation, including the setting...