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23 July 2021

Italy: Occupational Disease, Posthumous Victory for Three Former Workers: The Court of Appeal Condemns Inail to Compensation

Occupational disease, posthumous victory for three former workers: the Court of Appeal condemns Inail to compensation

A judgment arrived after 10 years of battle. Cgil: "A historic pronouncement".

by Redazione, luccaindiretta.it- July 16, 2021 - auto-translation

After 10 years of waiting, the Court of Appeal of Florence condemns Inail to compensation for occupational disease to three former employees of Enel in the province of Lucca. A victory for the Inca-Cgil of the province of Lucca and for the workers involved, although unfortunately the sentence came posthumously.

As a result of a unique judgment, the existence of an occupational disease that had never been recognized before has been established. The victims of this disease thus obtain the right to receive compensation in proportion to the degree of impairment, equal to 85% of arrears in addition to the right to a survivor's pension granted to the spouse.

22 July 2021

Billionaires Blast into Space as Billions Suffer on Planet Earth

Billionaires blast into space as billions suffer on planet Earth
oxfam.org, 19 July 2021

In response to Jeff Bezos’ space flight scheduled for Tuesday, Deepak Xavier, Oxfam International's Global Head of Inequality Campaign, said:

“We’ve now reached stratospheric inequality. Billionaires burning into space, away from a world of pandemic, climate change and starvation. 11 people are likely now dying of hunger each minute while Bezos prepares for an 11-minute personal space flight. This is human folly, not human achievement.

"The ultra-rich are being propped up by unfair tax systems and pitiful labor protections. US billionaires got around $1.8 trillion richer since the beginning of the pandemic and nine new billionaires were created by Big Pharma’s monopoly on the COVID-19 vaccines. Bezos pays next to no US income tax but can spend $7.5 billion on his own aerospace adventure. Bezos' fortune has almost doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic. He could afford to pay for everyone on Earth to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and still be richer than he was when the pandemic began.

21 July 2021

Wildlife and Biodiversity: A Disappearing Act by Cell Towers on Land and in Space?

Wildlife and Biodiversity: A Disappearing Act by Cell Towers on Land and in Space?
Calling all environmentalists! The most important peer reviewed article to date on environmental effects of wireless radiofrequency radiation was just published and deserves a full read. What do we know about wireless radiation effects on the natural environment? This comprehensive review by Levitt, Lai and Manville (2021) provides a wealth of scientific information, connecting the scientific dots of radiofrequency radiation (RFR) harm to flora and fauna. In a very readable text the authors answer many puzzling questions about this complex subject that combines biology, ecology, technology and physics. The authors warn, “It is time to recognize ambient EMF as a novel form of pollution and develop rules at regulatory agencies that designate air as ‘habitat’so EMF can be regulated like other pollutants.”

United States: Environmental Working Group Study: Wireless Radiation Exposure for Children Should Be Hundreds of Times Lower than Current Federal Limits

The Environmental Working Group’s new guidelines, the first developed in the U.S. to focus on children’s health, recommend that children’s exposure overall be 200 to 400 lower than the whole-body exposure limit set by the FCC in 1996.

Study: Wireless radiation exposure for children should be hundreds of times lower than current federal limits
Press Release, ewg.org, 20 July 2021

WASHINGTON – A peer-reviewed study by the Environmental Working Group recommends stringent health-based exposure standards for both children and adults for radiofrequency radiation emitted from wireless devices. EWG’s children’s guideline is the first of its kind and fills a gap left by federal regulators.

The study, published in the journal Environmental Health, relies on the methodology developed by the Environmental Protection Agency to assess human health risks arising from toxic chemical exposures. EWG scientists have applied the same methods to radiofrequency radiation from wireless devices,

13 July 2021

32 New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (9 July 2021)

32 New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (9 July 2021)
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, 9 July 2021

Dr. Joel Moscowitz, University of California Berkeley, has been circulating abstracts of newly-published scientific papers on wireless radiation and electromagnetic fields (EMF) about once a month since August 2016. These updates are sent to several hundred EMF scientists around the world.

The latest additions appear below. The complete collection of abstracts now covers more than 1,000 scientific papers. This 1,000-page document (pdf) can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:


Note: This link will change when new abstracts are added to the collection.


Recent Research on Wireless Radiation and Electromagnetic Fields

News

European Commission published a new call for proposals for EMF and health research

10 July 2021

United States: Plaintiff Alleges Radiation Exposure From Nissan Leaf Caused Eye Dilation, Chest Palpitations, Memory Loss

Plaintiff Alleges Radiation Exposure From Nissan Leaf Caused Eye Dilation, Chest Palpitations, Memory Loss
by Cedra Mayfield, law.com, 9 July 2021 

See also article from Environmental Health Trust about this lawsuit.

"While the car is in use, a person sits on a giant battery and the vehicle emits large amounts of low frequency electric and magnetic field (EMF) radiation," the complaint alleged.

A lawsuit against a major automaker has revved its way to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, after a driver claimed his vehicle’s battery exposed him to long-term health issues, disrupted his marriage and cost him his job.

As spotted on Law.com Radar, Josef Tater of Cobb County has filed a product liability lawsuit against Nissan North America Inc.

09 July 2021

The Critical Importance of Molecular Biomarkers and Imaging in the Study of Electrohypersensitivity. A Scientific Consensus International Report

Prof. Dominique Belpomme
NOTE (by Jean Hudon, Québec, http://www.cqlpe.ca/): This paper — published on July 7 by an international group of 30 co-authors led by Dominique Belpomme and Philippe Irigaray — does NOT call for medicalization of electrohypersensitivity, (i.e. giving medication to treat the symptoms while ignoring the high environmental levels of EMF mechanisms that are causing the functional disability).

This paper simply states that this physical condition that patients are complaining of needs to be taken seriously by medical professionals and researched like any other medical or biological condition; and that it cannot be just "excused" as psychological or psychosomatic, based on faulty (and industry-funded) provocation studies.


The Critical Importance of Molecular Biomarkers and Imaging in the Study of Electrohypersensitivity. A Scientific Consensus International Report

by Dominique Belpomme, George L. Carlo, Philippe Irigaray, David O. Carpenter, Lennart Hardell, Michael Kundi, Igo Belyaev, Magda Havas, Franz Adlkofer, Gunnar Heuser, Anthony B. Miller, Daniela Caccamo, Chiara De Luca, Lebrecht von Klitzing, Martin L. Pall, Priyanka Bandara, Yael Stein, Cindy Sage, Morando Soffritti, Devra Davis, Joel M. Moscowitz, S.M.J. Mortazavi, Martha R. Herbert, Hanns Moshammer, Gerard Ledoigt, Robert Turner, Anthony Tweedale, Pilar Muñoz-Calero, Iris Udasin, Tarmo Keppel, Ernesto Burgio and André Vander Vorst

Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2021, 22(14), 7321;  Published: 7 July 2021

Abstract

07 July 2021

United States: 67 Groups Representing More Than 1 Million People File Amicus Brief in Support of CHD’s Lawsuit Against FCC

67 Groups Representing More Than 1 Million People File Amicus Brief in Support of CHD’s Lawsuit Against FCC
By Dafna Tachover, Esq, Children's Health Defense, 6 July 2021

The organizations allege the FCC refused to acknowledge significant policy, legal and practical problems associated with a new rule amendment allowing fixed wireless companies to contract with private property owners to place point-to-point antennas on their property.

Sixty-seven U.S. organizations representing more than 1 million people signed onto an amicus brief in support of Children’s Health Defense’s (CHD) lawsuit challenging the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) “Over-the-Air Reception Devices” (OTARD) Rule Amendment. The amicus was filed June 30, in the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. CHD filed its main brief on June 23.

An amicus brief is filed by non-parties to a litigation to provide information that has a bearing on the issues and assist the court in reaching the correct decision. It comes from the latin words amici curiae, which means “friend of the court.”

06 July 2021

Switzerland: Popular Initiative for Mobile Phone Accountability

UPDATE (7 July): The Swiss popular initiative for mobile phone accountability was handed over to the Chancellerie in Bern on 5 July 2021. The final count of signatures was 92,000, just 8,000 short of the 100,000 required to launch a referendum.  A big "thank you" to all those who collected the signatures.

Why the initiative? (translation)

Because the Confederation does not protect us 
The Confederation has no interest in protecting the population from health damage caused by mobile telephony, since it owns 51% of the shares of SWISSCOM. Thus, economic interests take precedence. So far it has suggested that the operator of a mobile telephone station is not responsible if this station is operated fairly according to the legislation in force (limit values).

Because limit values ​​do not protect us 
The limit values ​​only protect against heat caused by mobile telephony within 30 minutes. Long-term effects exceeding 30 minutes and all biological effects, up to cancer, are not taken into account. Just as the harmfulness of radioactive radiation cannot be measured and determined with a thermometer, so can the harmfulness of mobile phone radiation.

02 July 2021

Cellphone Radiation is Harmful: Interview with Dr. Joel Moscowitz, UC Berkeley

Please share widely this excellent interview with Dr. Joel Moscowitz, School of Public Health at UC Berkeley and director of Berkeley’s Center for Family and Community Health.

Moskowitz: Cellphone radiation is harmful, but few want to believe it
By Anne Brice, Berkeley News| JULY 1, 2021

(Photo):The vast majority of American adults — 97% — own a cellphone of some kind, according to the Pew Research Center. (Photo by Susanne Nilsson via Flickr)


For more than a decade, Joel Moskowitz, a researcher in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley and director of Berkeley’s Center for Family and Community Health, has been on a quest to prove that radiation from cellphones is unsafe. But, he said, most people don’t want to hear it.

“People are addicted to their smartphones,” said Moskowitz. “We use them for everything now, and, in many ways, we need them to function in our daily lives. I think the idea that they’re potentially harming our health is too much for some people.”