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Sep 13
2014

Bird Study Sounds Alarm About Common Unseen Radiation

Dr. Karen Becker - New Warning About Everyday Poison for Migratory Birds

"For the first time, scientists have revealed that average levels of electromagnetic noise, or "electrosmog," completely disrupt the magnetic compass of migratory robins. This is true even when the electromagnetic signal levels are just 1/1000th of the limit the World Health Organization (WHO) defines as harmless.

"Electrosmog is the unseen electromagnetic radiation that is generated from the use of both wireless technology and household electricity. Common sources of electrosmog include utility smart meters, cell towers & antennae, cell phones, cordless phones, wireless Internet routers, microwaves, high voltage transmission lines, baby monitors and other wireless devices including WIFI, computers, monitors, laptops, tablets, reading devices, computer monitors, wired and wireless cell phone headsets, and educational interactive whiteboards.1

"The effects of these weak electromagnetic fields are remarkable."  

"A research team led by Dr. Henrik Mouritsen of the University of Oldenburg in Germany published their study in the May issue of the journal Nature.2  

"In our experiments we were able to document a clear and reproducible effect of human-made electromagnetic fields on a vertebrate. This interference does not stem from power lines or mobile phone networks . . .

"Seven years and many experiments later, researchers are confident in their original findings . . .

"As you might expect, electrosmog is much more of a problem in urban environments than in rural locations. The University of Oldenburg team discovered that when robins were placed in orientation cages, without screening, a half-mile to a mile outside city limits, their magnetic compasses remained functional.  

"According to Mouritsen, " . . .these findings should make us think -- both about the survival of migratory birds as well as about the potential effects for human beings, which have yet to be investigated."

VIDEO




Jan 23
2014

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
2013

"The damaging action of microwaves, radiofrequencies and electromagnetic fields in general has been known in Medicine for over a century now. Cell phone telephony was never tested in any place on the planet. The adequate clinical studies were never conducted in order to ensure that cell phones don't have a damaging action on the baby of a pregnant woman for example.

"The corruption inside the World Health Organization which nowdays is an arm of the cell phone industry, has sponsored the criminal irradiation of more than 80% of Mankind without any previous studies in order to ensure the safety of this technology. Furthermore, the present evidence indicates that this gadget has a very high risk of causing cancer and genetic damages."




Aug 17
2013

I highly recommend reading and watching anything you can find by this wonderful man. This is the real story of the dangers of EMFs now irradiating almost all of humanity.

"Barrie Trower is a British physicist and former microwave weapons expert for the Royal Navy and the British Secret Service. During the 1960's, he was trained at the "Government Microwave Warfare Establishment".

"Barrie talks about the dangers of our wireless society and explains the technology behind it - what this technology is used for in society today and its potential uses in the future."

Part One


Part Two




Aug 15
2013

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
Acknowledgements
Literature Cited 




May 24
2013

Danish Students' Cress and Wi-Fi Experiment

Students Attract International Attention

"Foreign researchers are extremely excited for a biology project from five 9th grade girls. Researchers from England, Holland and Sweden have shown great interest in the five girls' biology experiments.  

"Take 400 Cress seeds and place them into 12 trays. Then place six trays in two rooms at the same temperature. Give them the same amount of water and sun over 12 days, and remember to expose half of them to mobile [Wi-Fi] radiation.

"It is a recipe for a biology test so brilliant that it has attracted international attention among acknowledged biologists and radiation experts. Behind the experiment are five girls from 9b in Hjallerup School in North Jutland, and it all started because they found it difficult to concentrate during the school day: . . .

Student Science Experiment Finds Plants Won't Grow Near Wi-Fi Router




May 1
2013

White Stork Study

Alfonso Balmori - Spain c 2005


"Monitoring of a white stork population in Valladolid (Spain) in the vicinity of Cellular Phone Base Stations was carried out, with the objective of detecting possible effects.

"Animals are very sensitive electrochemical complexes that communicate with their environment through electrical impulses.  Ionic currents and electric potential differences exist through the cellular membranes and corporal fluids.  The intrinsic electromagnetic fields from the biological structures are characterized by certain specific frequencies that can be interfered with by the electromagnetic radiation, through induction and causing modification in their biological responses.  Animals exposed to the EMF can suffer a deterioration of health changes of behavior, and changes in reproductive success . . . 




Apr 1
2013

In-utero Exposure to Magnetic Fields and the Risk of Childhood Obesity

A Prospective Study - De-kun Li: Department of Health Research and Policy, School of Medicine, Stanford University

"We conducted a prospective study to examine whether in-utero exposure to magnetic fields (MFs) increases the risk of childhood obesity. Participating women carried a meter measuring MF levels during pregnancy and 733 of their children were followed up to 13 years to collect clinically recorded information on growth patterns with 33 weight measurements per child on average. Prenatal exposure to high MF level was associated with increased risk of being obese in offspring than those with lower MF level (odds ratio51.69, 95% confidence interval: 1.01-2.84).

The association demonstrated a dose-response relationship and was stronger (more than 2.3 fold increased risk) among children who were followed up to the end of the study. The association existed only for persistent obesity, but not for transitory (unlikely) obesity. Maternal exposure to high MF during pregnancy may be a new and previously unknown factor contributing to the world-wide epidemic of childhood obesity/overweight. . . .




Jan 24
2013

Late Lessons from Early Warnings 2013

Major Report from European Environment Agency

Part A Lessons from health hazards

Part B Emerging lessons from ecosystems

Part C Emerging issues
Part D Costs, justice and innovation 

Part E Implications for science and governance 

 

The European Environment Agency published a major report today to alert governments about the need to attend to early warning signs about technology health risks, including mobile phones.

Jan. 24, 2013 - The 750-page volume, "Late Lessons from Early Warnings," includes twenty new case studies and has major implications for policy, science and society.  Although the report was prepared by the European Environment Agency to provide guidance to the EU nations, its implications are global. (1)

Brain tumor risk associated with cell phone use is addressed in one of the report's chapters. (2) The report highlights the classification of this form of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) as "possibly carcinogenic", or cancer causing, by the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2011.

The research that has found increased brain tumor risk associated with long term mobile phone use is reviewed. The authors note that governments and industry have been slow to respond to the WHO's precautionary warnings and urges policy makers to respond to early warnings more quickly.  It argues that industries that cause future harm must pay for the damage and suggests that taking early precautions can stimulate rather than stifle innovation.

The report accuses the mobile phone industry of "inertia in considering the various studies and taking the IARC carcinogenic classification into account," criticizes the media for not "providing the public with robust and consistent information on potential health risks," and attacks governments for shirking "their responsibilities to protect public health from this widespread source of radiation."

Although the report acknowledges the many benefits of mobile phones to society, it recommends the need for precautionary actions to reduce cell phone radiation exposures to minimize the extent and seriousness of the risks to the brain and other organs. 

The report makes four specific recommendations about cell phones:

a.       Governments, the mobile phone industry, and the public should take all reasonable measures to reduce EMR exposure, especially from mobile phones, particularly exposure to children and young adults who are likely most at risk for brain and salivary gland tumors. The report recommends texting, use of hands-free sets, and improved design of phones which generate less radiation and make hands-free use more convenient. 

b.      Governments should reconsider the scientific basis for the present exposure standards "which have serious limitations such as reliance on the contested thermal effects paradigm; and simplistic assumptions about the complexities of radio frequency exposures." 

c.       Mobile phones should be required to have effective labeling and warnings about potential risks for users.  

d.      Adequate funding should be provided for the "urgently needed research into the health effects of phones" and base stations.  Funding could include industry grants and a small fee on the purchase and/or use of mobile phones. 

It is time for the U.S. to end its two decades of denial and assume a leadership role in adopting precautionary measures to reduce the potential harms associated with exposure to mobile phone radiation. Otherwise we may a steep price in terms of preventable health care costs, lost productivity, and reduced quality of life. A nickel a month collected on each cell phone subscription would generate sufficient funds for the U.S. to undertake the needed training and research to head off this potential epidemic.  (3)

For more information about the health risks of cell phone radiation and other forms of EMR see the new BioInitiative Report at http://www.bioinitiative.org and http://saferemr.com

(1)  "The cost of ignoring the warning signs - EEA publishes 'Late Lessons from Early Warnings, volume II' 

New technologies have sometimes had very harmful effects, but in many cases the early warning signs have been suppressed or ignored. The second volume of Late Lessons from Early Warnings investigates specific cases where danger signals have gone unheeded, in some cases leading to deaths, illness and environmental destruction. 

News Release, European Environment Agency,  Jan 23, 2013. URL: 
http://www.eea.europa.eu/pressroom/newsreleases/the-cost-... 

(2)  Lennart Hardell, Michael Carlberg, and David Gee. "Mobile phone use and brain tumour risk: early warnings, early actions?" Chapter 21 in Part C-Emerging Issues. "Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation." European Environment Agency. EEA Report No 1/2013. Pp. 541-561. January 23, 2013. URL: 
Part C: http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/late-lessons-2/part...

The full 750 page report is available at http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/late-lessons-2

(3) Joel  M. Moskowitz. "Comments on the 2012 GAO Report: 'Exposure and Testing Requirements for Mobile Phones Should Be Reassessed.'" URL: http://saferemr.com.

Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Family and Community Health

School of Public Health

University of California, Berkeley





Nov 16
2012

Bee World

Ulrich Warnke's Effects of Electric Charges on Honeybees (STILL HOT 1976)

Introduction
Charges on the body of an individual bee and on the colony

Environmental Influences

  • Electric Field 
  • Atmospheric Ions 
  • Humidity and Temperature 
  • Light Irradiation  
Changes in Behaviour brought about by electric parameters 
Mechanics of these effects 
Weather sensitivity of bees
Electrocommunication
Electronavigation
References

OTHER STUDIES ABOUT BEES AND ELECTROMAGNETIC EFFECTS




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