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Mar 25

Cell Tower Radiation and Migratory Birds

Dept. of Interior Attacks FCC re Adverse Impact of Cell Tower Radiation on Wildlife

"The Director of the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance of the United States Department of the Interior sent a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Department of Commerce which addresses the Interior Department's concern that cell tower radiation has had negative impacts on the health of migratory birds and other wildlife. 

"The Interior Department accused the Federal government of employing outdated radiation standards set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a federal agency with no expertise in health. The standards are no longer applicable because they control only for overheating and do not protect organisms from the adverse effects of exposure to the low-intensity radiation produced by cell phones and cell towers: 
"the electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today." 

"The Department criticized the Federal government's proposed procedures for placement and operation of communication towers, and called for "independent, third-party peer-reviewed studies" in the U.S. to examine the effects of cell tower radiation on "migratory birds and other trust species." 

"Following are excerpts from the letter, dated Feb 7, 2014:

Department of Interior Attacks FCC re Adverse Impact of Cell Tower Radiation on Wildlife 

Mar 12

Animals 'scared' by bursts of light from power cables

BBC News Science and Environment Report

"Several species' vision was studied by an international team to identify this ultra-violet (UV) sensitivity.

"The findings, published in the journal Conservation Biology, claimed habitats and migration could be disrupted.

"The flashes, or corona, occur when charge builds up in a cable and is released into the air.

"The international team, including scientists from University College London and the Arctic University of Norway, measured the spectrum of light emitted by these bursts of charge.

"They worked out that although the light was invisible to us, it contained wavelengths seen by many other mammals. . . .

Jan 23

EMR and birds (WEBSITE) Joris Everaert

A review of ecological effects of RF-EMF: published papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals that show (possible) EMR effect

Sep 5

Is electrosmog harming our wildlife?

Bibliography of 149 studies reporting significant effects of electromagnetic fields on birds, bees, frogs and other animals. Updated June 2012

Here are references and links to 153 articles reporting significant effects from EMF exposures on wildlife and domestic animals. The current ICNIRP's safety guidelines for radiofrequency exposures were onlydeveloped to protect healthy adult males from exposures lasting 6 minutes. How much evidence is needed before we apply the precautionary principle?

Aug 27

"Globally, an increasing scientific understanding is rapidly emerging that wireless technologies are causing harm to wildlife and our domestic animals.

"Alfonso Balmoro (PhD), a wildlife biologist from Spain, claims electromagnetic radiation is a potential cause for the decline of animal populations and for the deterioration of plant health near mobile phone masts. He explains that microwave and radiofrequency pollution create long term health effects to wildlife because the phone masts are irradiating continuously, (A. Balmori, Electromagnetic pollution from phone masts. Effects on wildlife, Pathophysiology -2009).

"Research studies show that harmful effects have been observed on an array of animals including bees, worms, fruit flies, amphibians, rats, monkeys, birds, bird eggs and varieties of livestock. www.livingplanet.be/emranimals.htm 

"One explanation for some of the harmful effects is related to magnetite which occurs naturally as part of the animal's physiology. Magnetite has a navigational function used by animals including bees, butterflies, birds, fish and dolphins. Around mobile phone towers for example, interference to the bird's magnetic navigation attributes to nests containing fewer eggs and chicks showing deformities and subsequently, populations of bird species are in decline. . . .

 "The ever increasing use of wireless technologies clearly means that helping our wildlife and animals has never been more urgent."

Aug 15

Bird Mortality

a White Paper for the Anthropogenic Panel, 5th International Partners in Flight Conference

This paper briefly reviews some of the significant human-related causes of bird mortality in the U.S., with a focus on empowering stakeholders including industry and other affected parties regarding steps each can take to avoid, minimize and mitigate direct and indirect impacts from projects on migratory birds.

Abstract and Introduction
Current Bird Status; Comparing Estimates of Take; Variables to Consider in Assessing Impacts
Thumbnail Comparisons of Some Causes of Bird Mortality

  • . . . The effects of radiation from communication towers on nesting and roosting wild birds are yet unstudied in U.S., although in Europe, Balmori (2005) found strong negative correlations between levels of tower-emitted microwave radiation and bird breeding, nesting, and roosting in the vicinity of electromagnetic fields in Spain. He documented nest and site abandonment, plumage deterioration, locomotion problems, and death in House Sparrows, White Storks, Rock Doves, Magpies, Collared Doves, and other species. While these species had historically been documented to roost and nest in these areas, Balmori (2005) did not observe these symptoms prior to construction of the cellular phone towers. Balmori and Hallberg (2007) and Everaert and Bauwens (2007) found similar strong negative correlations among male House Sparrows. Under laboratory conditions, T. Litovitz (pers. comm.) and DeCarlo et al. (2002) raised troubling concerns about impacts of low-level, non-thermal radiation from the standard 915 MHz cell phone frequency on domestic chicken embryos - with lethal results (Manville 2009). Given the findings of the studies mentioned above, field studies should be conducted in North America to validate potential impacts of communication tower radiation - both direct and indirect - to birds and potentially other animals. However, these have yet to be performed.

Addressing Problems and Attempting to Resolve Impacts to Birds:
  • Electric Utility-Service Partnership  
  • Birds-Buildings-Glass-and Lighting 
  • Communication Tower Collisions 
  • Land-based Commercial Wind Energy Development 
Summary Thoughts
Literature Cited 

Feb 26

Are smart meters chasing away birds from Rolling Hills?

Paul Ouellette has been feeding birds in the Rolling Hills neighborhood for several years and said since the city installed smart water meters he has not had to buy bird feed for the multiple feeders in his yard.

" . . . While there is much information and misinformation on the effects of the high-frequency pulse on the health of humans, there is little research into the effect on small wildlife such as birds. The meters operate at a frequency similar to cell phones and other portable communications devices and while some minor health effects have been reported, such as problems sleeping or dizziness or nausea, the meters are generally considered safe for humans.

"Ouellette said he thinks the city's meters may be different somehow, as the power and gas meters in the neighborhood were also fitted with smart meters last year and they did not seem to have an effect on the neighborhood's wildlife.

"But since the city's have gone on, he and Chase both said the change was obvious and immediate. . . .

Nov 27

" . . . What has most likely driven the cat and increasing numbers of humans to the breaking point is the new juxtaposition of pulsed microwave radiation generated by the deployment of the smart meter grid across the United States. She (the cat) has retreated to the downstairs bathroom, sleeping in the sink and eating, drinking and eliminating within two confined rooms at the mid-point of radiation from the antenna-laden water tower up the hill from the house and the pulsing electric meter on the other side. . . .

Nov 13

Cellphone radiation impacts fetal brain development

Yale study is first experimental evidence that cell phones affect behavior - Researcher Hugh Taylor, MD

"Cellphone radiation exposure during pregnancy impacts fetal brain development and may cause hyperactivity, Yale School of Medicine researchers say. Dr. Hugh Taylor, a medical professor and chief of Yale's Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, co-authored a recent study to probe the impact of cellphone exposure on pregnancies.

"We had pregnant mice in cages and we just simply put a cellphone on top of the cage. In half the mice, the cellphone was active and in half of the ... cages the cellphone was turned off so it wasn't transmitting a signal at all," Taylor said. Taylor said the researchers allowed the mice to give birth and waited until offspring were young adults before behaviours were tested.

"The mice exposed to cellphones were more active," Taylor said. "Their memory was slightly decreased ... these mice were basically bouncing off the walls and didn't have a care in the world." Taylor says the study shows there is a "biological basis" to suggest cellphone exposure can impact pregnancies. He says he is encouraging patients to be cautious with devices and recommends pregnant women hold phones away from the body.

"Health Canada has recommended that parents should encourage youth under 18 to cap mobile phone use, but the federal government says it does not intend to bar companies from advertising products to children. Health Canada says Canadians can use headsets and slash the length of calls in order to reduce radiation exposure . . .

Oct 10

" . . . The biochemical tests indicated that after exposure there is a decrease in assimilatory pigments like chlorophylls and anthocyanins which shows decrease in photosynthetic rate in plants. At the same time, the carotenoid pigment content increased which resulted in the aging effect," director of Junagadh-based Noble Group of Institutions Ved Vyas Dwivedi said . . .

"At the same time, carbohydrates like starch and cellulose, which are the main constituents of leaf cell wall decrease upon long term exposure.  Sugar and water content also got decreased," said Dwivedi . . .

"Shockingly, in tulsi, which is a medicinal plant, its anti-microbial activity reduced after the plant was exposed to electromagnetic waves.

"If plants and trees are not taken care of, then it would be unrealistic to think of green world in a few years," they say. The scientists now plan to submit their work and results to Gujarat Council on Science and Technology, Gandhinagar so that a mass scale awareness campaign can be taken up . . .

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