Raise awareness of environmental health issues in order to better protect our children and future generations.

25 June 2019

Cyprus: Action Needed on Environmental Impact on Children's Health, Says Minister

Action needed on environmental impact on children’s health, says minister
By Annette Chrysostomoucyprus-mail.com, June 24, 2019

Children have the right to grow up away from environmental hazards, Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Monday.

“The relationship between the environment and health is close and complex, especially when it comes to the subject of exposure of children to non-ionising electromagnetic radiation,” he said at a press conference for the campaign ‘Using technology while protecting children’s health’.

Concerns about the effect environmental changes may have on the health of the population are now emerging, the minister said.

These concerns have led to an interest in a deeper exploration of potential threats stemming from environmental degradation, climate change and other influences.

21 June 2019

Horns are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.

Horns are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.
By Isaac Stanley-Becker, The Washington Post, 20 June 2019

Mobile technology has transformed the way we live — how we read, work, communicate, shop and date.

But we already know this.

(Photo): Researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, have documented the prevalence of bone spurs at the back of the skull among young adults. (Scientific Reports) 

What we have not yet grasped is the way the tiny machines in front of us are remolding our skeletons, possibly altering not just the behaviors we exhibit but the bodies we inhabit.


19 June 2019

Cyberattacks Make Smart Grids Look Pretty Dumb

Cyberattacks Make Smart Grids Look Pretty Dumb
By David Fickling, BloombergOpinion Analysis / washingtonpost.com, 17 Jube 2019

Imagine if your thermostat led to a region-wide power blackout.

It’s a scenario that’s looking increasingly plausible. Argentina isn’t ruling out a cyberattack as the possible cause for the mass outage that affected millions of people in five South American countries over the weekend. Even if that incident turns out to have a more innocent explanation, the U.S. government is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s power grid, the New York Times reported Saturday, citing unnamed officials.

The growing threat from hacking is somewhat inevitable given the way our power systems are changing. Electricity networks are traditionally highly centralized, with limited ability to monitor and control supply and demand in real time, leaving grid operators dependent on forecasting unusual consumption spikes to prevent the system from falling over.

BioInitiative Report - 2019 Updated Research Summaries

BioInitiative 2012  - Updated Research Summaries
May 1st, 2019

Many new scientific studies have been published since the 2017 update. As a result, several of the Research Summaries by Dr. Lai are updated in 2019. They are the abstract collections for neurological effects of ELF-EMF and RFR; and for free radical (oxidative damage) effects from ELF-EMF, static fields and RFR. Corresponding graphics on “Effect vs No Effect” are also brought current for these new 2019 abstract collections.

2019 Updated Research Summaries (May, 2019)

These new and updated Research Summaries include downloadable files on Free Radicals (oxidative damage) from ELF-EMF, static field and RFR exposures; and updated neurological effects of ELF-EMF and RFR. These are invaluable resources that can are searchable by key words. They identify the relevant peer-reviewed, published literature that reports on biological effects of non-ionizing radiation (ELF-EMF and RFR, and static field studies).


15 June 2019

EU Should Stop 5G, Say Renowned Scientists

EU should stop 5G, say renowned scientists
zeitpunkt.ch, / diagnose-funk.org, 5 June 2019
What happens when people are exposed to 5G?
(Photo: David Sarkisov on Unsplash)

Two renowned scientists call for a moratorium on 5G from the EU Environment Commissioner. They note that the EU is eagerly advancing the establishment of 5G, although a new EU report acknowledges that it is currently not possible to accurately simulate or measure 5G emissions in the real world.

In their communication to the EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella, the scientists Rainer Nyberg (Sweden) and Lennart Hardell (Finland) refer to three points.

1. They call on the EU Environment Commissioner to issue an immediate moratorium on the deployment of 5G, stating that the 5G appeal has since been confirmed by more than 230 independent scientists and physicians. According to the Precautionary Principle and EU IP / 00/96, "the protection of health takes precedence over economic considerations".

Eye Doctors Warn Youth Risk Going Cross-Eyed from Smartphone Use

Eye doctors warn youth risk going cross-eyed from smartphone use
By YURI OIWA/ Staff Writer, asahi.com, 14 June 2019

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Young people may be at risk of becoming cross-eyed from using smartphones for long periods, two prominent medical associations in Japan warned.

(Photo): After surgery in February, Taiki Uematsu recovered from acute internal strabismus. Photo taken in Aichi Prefecture on June 9 (Yuri Oiwa)

The Japanese Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and the Japanese Association for Strabismus and Amblyopia (JASA) announced research results regarding acute internal strabismus at a joint academic meeting held in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on June 14.

The two academic groups will conduct a full investigation as early as this autumn to establish measures for treatment and prevention.

A link between staring at small screens such as those of smartphones for long periods and developing acute internal strabismus was cited previously in a thesis by a Korean research team and by others. But no scientific proof has been yet found that it causes the condition.

Oregon: School Wireless Safety Bill Passes State Senate

SCHOOL WIRELESS SAFETY BILL PASSES STATE SENATE
Today the Oregon State Senate passed, by a unanimous vote, SB283.
Posted By: Alicia Rubin, kdrv.com, 13 June 2019

Today, June 13, 2019, the Oregon State Senate passed SB 283, which directs the Oregon Health Authority to review independently-funded scientific studies of the health effects of exposure to microwave radiation, particularly exposure that results from use of wireless network technologies in schools.

The bill also directs the Oregon Department of Education to develop recommendations to schools in this state for practices and alternative technologies that reduce students’ exposure to microwave radiation that Oregon Health Authority report identifies as harmful.

14 June 2019

Time to Wake Up to the Global Public Health Issue of Phonegate

As and when new developments occur in the Phonegate affair, this article will be updated.

Time to Wake Up to the Global Public Health Issue of Phonegate
by Meris Michaels, 23 May 2019 - updated 14 June 2019

Phonegate Press Book
For over 20 years, cell phone users have been knowingly misled about their true levels of exposure to radiofrequency (RF) waves under real conditions of use in contact with the body. Consumers have been doubly misled by not having been informed by the public authorities to keep the phone away from the body.

This issue concerns all of us and those we love. Most of us have cell phones. We hold them against our heads, keep them switched on in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked in a bra. Many of us are unaware that cell phone manufacturers are testing phones at a certain distance from the body, not in the ways that most of us use them, touching the body. These same manufacturers warn us to keep the phone at a distance from the body.

The authorities have been lax in implementing public health campaigns and recommendations to reduce RF exposure, especially regarding children, pregnant women and medically sensitive populations who are more vulnerable to these waves.

13 June 2019

Switzerland: 5G, Doubts about Health

Some info unveiled about the WHO International EMF Project (Our comment: Emilie van Deventer is an engineer and we doubt she is one of the persons "dedicated to the effect of EM waves on health"):

The future is always an unknown... keystone
"There are some researches on 4G that show an effect, but most studies do not prove it," expert Emilie van Deventer, one of the leaders of "The International EMF Project UN" (operating since 1996 at the the WHO, employing 60 people but only 3 dedicated to the effect of electromagnetic waves on health, with just 56,000 francs an annual budget available).

5G, doubts about health
RSI, 6th June 2019  (auto-translation)

The 5G raises major concerns and there is therefore much expectation for the content of the Federal Council report on the possible health hazards associated with this new technology. Geneva has even called for UN intervention.

Switzerland: 19.3534 INTERPELLATION: 5G: a working group is studying the impact of electromagnetic waves in Switzerland, the independence of the members is at least as important as their skills

19.3534 INTERPELLATION: 5G: a working group is studying the impact of electromagnetic waves in Switzerland, the independence of the members is at least as important as their skills
(unofficial translation)


Submitted by : BORLOZ FRÉDÉRIC

Liberal-radical group

PLR. Liberal Radicals

Submission date : 3 June 2019
Submitted to the National Council

State of deliberations: Not yet dealt with by the Council

SUBMITTED TEXT

Can the Federal Council confirm that it has verified the independence of the members of the working group, initiated by Federal Councilor D. Leuthard on behalf of the FOEN [Federal Office of the Environment], with regard to private, commercial or industrial interests, or even with regard to any positions adopted prior to the present work?