The Telegraph, 25 February 2013

Fifty feet tall mobile phone masts can be “built anywhere developers choose to put them” and will return parts of the countryside to "the wild west wirescapes of the 1960s and 70s" under a new assault on planning rules, councils are warning.

MPs will debate this week proposals that to make it easier for telecommuncations to roll expand their broadband networks across the country.

The plans, contained in the Growth and Infrastructure Bill, remove a current requirement for developers to seek planning approval for new telecoms infrastructure.

Local authorities said they had “major concerns” that the proposals “could open the floodgates to phone masts, as well as broadband street cabinets and overhead cabling, being built in the countryside and near to people’s homes”.

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Stop Smart Meters!

In spite of it being only the 18th day of 2013, there is a fair chance that this will qualify as the most gut-wrenching story we post this year.

A company in the USA has developed nanotechnology capable of being ‘sprayed’ around our natural habitat to turn trees and other flora into communications nodes on the ‘Smart Grid’.  It uses arrays of thousands upon thousands of nano-capacitors which, being nanoscopic in size, can be applied to anything you can spray a tiny amount of paint onto.

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The Times of India, 7 October 2012

VADODARA: Even as Union government has rolled out new norms to reduce impact of cellphone radiation on people, a new study has revealed that the increasing electromagnetic wave energy (EMWE) pollution is adversely impacting even plant issues.

EMWE pollution is caused due to mobile towers, power plants, high voltage towers and diagnostic tools which use electromagnetic waves of different frequencies in radio wave spectrum.

A group of scientists of Gujarat after studying the impact of EMWE on tulsi and spinach have concluded that the electromagnetic waves leave behind harmful effect even on plants.

The scientists selected the two types of plants and raised them by providing nutrients, water and temperature under laboratory conditions. These plants were exposed by EMWE of frequency 900 Mega hertz and field strength 1.9 milli tesla for 72 hours.

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Business Standard, New Dehli, 1 September 2012

The government on Friday issued guidelines on health hazards from tower radiation. Among other things, it says the minimum distance of a tower (with two antennae) from a residential building should be 35 metres.

With growing concerns over the impact of mobile radiation on human health, the government on Friday asked telecom towers to reduce electromagnetic radiation to a tenth from from tomorrow.

This means, from September 1, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will ensure the exposure limits (for radio frequency fields for 1800 Mhz) be brought down by a tenth to 0.92 watt per square metre, compared to the current standard of 9.2 watt per square meter. Telecom towers, or base stations, provide link to and from mobile phones through radiation.

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The Hindu, 11 August 2012

Pitching in on the current debate on the possible danger of cellphone radiation, the Environment Ministry says a review of available scientific information by its panel of experts shows that “electromagnetic radiations interfere with the biological systems.” Accordingly, it has asked the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) not to allow new mobile towers to be constructed within a one-kilometre radius of the existing towers.

The advisory was issued by the Ministry after it received the report of an expert committee set up two years ago to study the possible impacts of the half a million strong network of communication towers on wildlife, including birds and bees. There has been widespread concern that radiation from such towers is responsible for the declining population of birds such as sparrows, and bees which are vital for the pollination of many plant species and hence a key part of both agricultural economy and natural ecosystems.

Times of Swaziland, 1 August 2012

MBABANE - Taiwanese legislators ordered the removal of 1 500 mobile phone masts stating that homes and schools must not be exposed to the risk of radiation.

The radiation emitted by mobile phone base stations could cause cancer, miscarriages, and could even drive people to suicide.

The action by the Taiwanese government was one of the major changes implemented by world leaders to protect members of the public from extreme negative health effects caused by electromagnetic fields and cell masts, among other wirelessly connected communication services.

In relation to the action by the Taiwanese government’s recent action; Lobamba Lomdzala Member of Parliament, Marwick Khumalo, advised that it would be wise to stop the installation of all cell masts with immediate effect, then conduct relevant research that would determine whether or not the project could continue.

"Any government that cares about the welfare of its people would jump at the opportunity availed by the Taiwanese government through their action to discontinue the process," said Khumalo.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), met in Kyiv at Standing Committee level May 27, 2011 calling on European governments to ‘take all reasonable measures’ to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields, especially to radio frequencies from mobile phones, ‘and particularly the exposure to children and young people who seem to be most at risk from head tumours’.

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The Times of India, 12 October 2011

NEW DELHI: Electromagnetic radiation ( EMR) from mobile towers was interfering with the biological systems of birds, a study released by the environment ministry said and called for a law for the protection of flora and fauna.

"The review of existing literature shows that the EMRs are interfering with the biological systems in more ways than one and there had already been some warning bells sounded in the case on bees and birds, which probably heralds the seriousness of this issue and indicates the vulnerability of other species as well," the study found.

The ministry in September 2010 had constituted a 10-member committee under Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) director Asad Rahmani to study the impact of mobile phone towers on birds and bees and formulating guidelines for their installations.


Business Insurance, 13 September 2010

Could radio frequency-producing antennas that are essential for the wireless world be the next asbestos for the insurance industry? They could, writes Gloria Vogel, managing director of New York-based Vogel Capital Management. The insurance industry must reassess its risk management tools and beef up loss control operations—especially its application of risk management to worker safety within the wireless ecosystem to avoid potentially huge claims in the future, she says.

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Reduce Radio Wave Exposure, Warns French Government Agency
Peter Sayer, IDG News Service

Thursday 15th October 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009 9:10 AM PDT

A French government agency has warned that measures should be taken to reduce everyday exposure to radio signals -- even though, it said, there is
no definitive proof that such signals have a negative effect on human health.

The French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health Safety conducted a review of around 3,500 studies and publications.

Around 10 studies indisputably demonstrate that radio signals have an effect on the activity of cells, the agency said, but only one mechanism has so far
been identified by which the signals affect cells: the heating effect due to the very high signal levels typically only found close by transmitters.

The agency suggested a number of measures to cut exposure in its report "An updated expert evaluation relating to radio frequencies" published (in
French) on Thursday.

Among the measures recommended, it called on authorities to identify the areas of the country subjected to the strongest radio signals, and take
efforts to reduce them. However, it also warned city authorities not to introduce local regulations limiting the power of transmitters for mobile
phone networks, which might lead to an increase in the number of transmitters, with as-yet unknown consequences.

It also encouraged phone companies and ISPs to supply cordless phones based on the latest low-power technologies and to supply DSL modem-routers with multiple Ethernet jacks and an easily accessible physical on-off switch for the Wi-Fi interface.

Consumers should also be given more information about the specific absorption rate (SAR) of all devices emitting radio signals. SAR is a
measure of the heating effect of the signals on human tissue, and is already published for most mobile phones, allowing consumers to choose a model with a lower SAR if they are concerned about the effect of radio signals.

The agency recognized that some people undeniably experience pain and other symptoms that those people attribute to their hypersensitivity to radio
signals, but said there is no proof that radio signals are indeed the cause of the pain.

French businesses are cashing in on fears about the health effects of radio waves, with health-food stores selling all manner of sprays and
self-adhesive patches that supposedly protect their wearers from radio signals.

However, the agency said, "The effectiveness of these products has not been proven."

Legislators are already taking action to limit the exposure of those they believe most vulnerable to the radio signals. The French Senate last week
approved a bill forbidding schoolchildren from using mobile phones in the classroom in primary and middle schools. The bill also requires the approval
of the National Assembly before it can become law, but it has not yet been scheduled for debate there.