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15 July 2019

From Dieselgate to Phonegate: We Need to Wake Up to Another Pollution Crisis

"If ‘Dieselgate’ received wall-to-wall media coverage in the UK when the story broke, ‘Phonegate’ has received next-to-none." 

From Dieselgate to Phonegate: We need to wake up to another pollution crisis

by Annelie Fitzgerald, truepublica.org.uk, 20 July 2018

As the level of emissions from diesel engines in the UK’s cities and its impact on public health has become clear, the media have recently given serious and widespread coverage to the issue of air pollution. Every Breath We Take, the report published in February 2017 by the Royal College of Physicians and Paediatrics, detailed an alarming array of adverse health effects which lead to up to 40,000 shortened lives in the UK each year. Foetuses, babies and children are particularly vulnerable to diesel fumes and particulates, which can impair lung, heart and neurological development.

Outlining his clean air bill in the Guardian in April 2017 Swansea West MP Geraint Davies noted that children in areas where the air quality problem is most serious “have a 10% reduced lung capacity and have more respiratory problems, together with effects on their nervous, immune and cardiovascular systems”. The same month Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South-East England wrote in the Ecologist that he would be campaigning for PM Theresa May to enshrine in UK law a new Clean Air Act to ensure strong, effective protection of public health from air pollution.

13 July 2019

The Dangers of Cell Phone Radiation. The Right to Know. Don’t Put in Your Shirt Pocket

The Dangers of Cell Phone Radiation. The Right to Know. Don’t Put in Your Shirt Pocket
Court Upholds Landmark Berkeley Cell Phone Radiation Right to Know Ordinance and Rejects Industries Appeal
By Environmental Health Trust, Global Research, 10 July 2019
Environmental Health Trust 2 July 2019

A landmark Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the City of Berkeley’s cell phone right to know ordinance rejecting industries argument that the ordinance violates the first amendment. The Berkeley ordinance requires retailers to inform consumers that cell phones emit radiation and that “if you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation.” In upholding this decision, the panel concluded that the public health issues at hand were “substantial” and that the “text of the Berkeley notice was literally true,” and “uncontroversial.”

Further, the panel determined that the Berkeley ordinance did not constitute preemption.

“Far from conflicting with federal law and policy, the Berkeley ordinance complemented and enforced it.”

10 July 2019

5G – The Global Human Experiment without Consent

5G – The Global Human Experiment without Consent
By Debra Greene, PhD, Guest Contributor, childrenshealthdefense.org, 9 July 2019

5G is the next generation of cell phone infrastructure, yet it is categorically different than its predecessors (4G/LTE, 3G, 2G, etc.). It is not a simple upgrade. It is a major increase – and change – in the type of wireless radiation to which we will all be exposed, without consent, whether we use this service or not.

5G builds on existing infrastructure and, in addition, uses extremely high (millimeter-wave) frequencies of 24 gigahertz (GHz) or more. These 5G signals don’t travel far, so antennas will be installed approximately every 2-10 homes in residential neighborhoods. 5G will significantly increase our wireless RF radiation (radio frequency microwave) exposure on a 24/7 and 365 days a year basis.

"The government’s human exposure guidelines haven’t been updated in more than 20 years, while radiation from 
cell phones, cordless phones, WiFi and wireless baby monitors 
has increased exponentially in that time."


No Safety Studies

New Law Asks California Schools Ban Smartphones In Classrooms

New Law Asks California Schools Ban Smartphones In Classrooms
gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com, 8 July 2019


(Photo): Pupils using mobile phone at the elementary school during recreation time. Group of multiethnic children sitting in a row and typing a message on smartphone. Young boys and girls playing with cellphone.

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – California public and charter schools can now ban students from using smartphones in class and at school, except under certain circumstances.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 272 in early July.

Switzerland: Smartphones Definitively Banned from Schools in Canton Vaud

Switzerland: Smartphones definitively banned from schools in canton Vaud
rts.ch/info, 26 June 2019 - translation

Mobile phones will be banned during classes, breaks, school outings and camps for Waldensian schoolchildren in canton Vaud until 11P [age 15]. The Training Department made this decision after a pilot experiment that was deemed successful.

Since the start of the 2018-2019 academic year, ten schools have been testing such a ban. In concrete terms, schoolchildren must turn off and store smartphones and connected personal devices during school hours, says the Department of Training, Youth and Culture (DFJC) on Thursday.

Described as beneficial by "almost all the actors concerned", the experience will be extended to all pupils in the compulsory cycle from the next school year onwards. Parents will benefit from advice on the use of the screens that will be added to the agenda as of the beginning of the August school year.

Switzerland: Speech at 5G Protest in Geneva opposite the United Nations, 4 July 2019 by 4G Bien Assez!

Support "4G Bien Assez !" by joining us every 4th of the month at the Place des Nations in Geneva.  The time to rise up is now to protect our future and especially, that of our children.

Protest in Geneva opposite the United Nations, 4 July 2019 
by Olivier Palud, 4G Bien Assez! - translation

When a pharmaceutical company wants to market a new drug, it must go through very strict and extensive testing procedures. It takes at least 10 years for it to reach the market, in order to demonstrate that the new molecule will do "more good than harm". The patient will be duly informed of the list of risks of side effects and may choose, with informed consent, whether to take these risks for treatment, with the professional advice of his doctor or pharmacist. In case of adverse reactions found in only a few patients, the product will be withdrawn from the market. However, the drug in question only affects a very small part of the population.

Nothing like it for mobile phones. For decades, science has highlighted the harmful effects of pulsed waves at levels well below current limit values. This concerns the whole population, especially the most vulnerable, children, the sick, the elderly. And no one goes to the trouble of explaining to consumers and those who suffer, the side effects of mobile telephony! The pill is hard to swallow....

Already, the "Phonegate" scandal has had absolutely no effect on our authorities or on our oversight agencies. Now, the 5G licences have been sold before even knowing the conclusions of the report ordered by our same elected officials. Worse, the report is infiltrated and, for no reason, delayed. It goes against any logic of the precautionary principle, it goes against any principle of life itself. And above all, it does not meet any need at all!

08 July 2019

Phonegate Scandal: Where Are We Three Years After the Alert Was Launched?

Phonegate scandal: where are we three years after the alert was launched?
Equipe Phonegate,  8 July 2019

Three years ago to the day, via his blog, Dr. Marc Arazi launched the alert with this article entitled: “Mobile telephony: manufacturers caught in the act of deception“. Indeed, the day before, the National Agency for Health Security, Environment and Labour (ANSES) published an expert report entitled “Radiofrequency Exposure and Child Health”. It revealed that 9 out of 10 mobile phones tested in 2015 by the National Frequency Agency (ANFR) in real use (in contact with the body) exceeded the regulatory thresholds for protecting the health and safety of users.

We therefore asked Alert Phonegate’s President to give us his opinion on the progress made, but also on the difficulties encountered and the prospects for action to protect the health of smartphone users.

What do you think are the greatest successes achieved?

05 July 2019

Twenty-four new papers on electromagnetic fields and biology or health (23 June 2019)

Twenty-four new papers on electromagnetic fields and biology or health, courtesy of Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director, Center for Family and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, 23 June 2019

[Dr. Moscowitz] has been circulating abstracts of newly-published scientific papers on wireless radiation and electromagnetic fields (EMF) about once a month since August, 2016. Several hundred EMF scientists around the world receive these updates. The complete collection including the papers below now contains more than 700 abstracts.

To see the latest studies or to download the 494-page document (pdf) go to the following web page:
tohttp://bit.ly/saferemr062319



News

Montgomery County, MD v FCC: FCC sued in Federal court over its obsolete radio frequency exposure limits

EU Opens Road to 5G Connected Cars in Boost to BMW, Qualcomm

EU opens road to 5G connected cars in boost to BMW, Qualcomm
By Reuters News Service, July 4, 2019

European Union states opened the way to competing technologies for internet connected cars on Thursday, rejecting a European Commission push for a wifi-based standard backed by Volkswagen.

The result represents a win for BMW and Qualcomm which support a rival 5G telecoms system.

Germany, France and Italy, with powerful car industries, were among 21 countries to vote against the EC proposal at a Brussels meeting of EU representatives, an EU official said.

This contrasted with EU lawmakers in April who endorsed the wifi plan over 5G technology. The auto and tech industries have been split over which technology works better and is safer.

Switzerland: 5G Network: Operators' Lobbying has a Strong Impact

5G Network: Operators' lobbying has a strong impact
by Eric Breitinger, Bon à savoir, 3 July 2019 - translation

TELECOMMUNICATIONS: The precautionary principle is about to be sacrificed on the altar of economic interests. Operators are skillfully maneuvering to tip the Confederation's report in their favor.

Should the radiation limits for mobile phone antennas be increased? Yes, answer Swisscom, Salt and Sunrise, who are waiting for this to quickly develop the new 5G network, especially since they have just spent $380 million on 5G licences... On the public side, concerns are emerging. The cantons of Vaud, Geneva, Jura and Neuchâtel have also frozen the construction of new antennas pending the imminent conclusions of the working group on "Mobile telephony and radiation".

No evidence of danger....

Established by the Confederation, this group includes representatives of federal offices, telecommunications companies, cities, physicians and radiation specialists. In particular, it will base its recommendations on an expert report commissioned by the Swiss Telecommunications Association (ASUT), an association headed by a committee on which Sunrise and Swisscom sit.