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Sep 13
2014

Girding the Grid: Educating Leaders Is Key

Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Risk Awareness article - first posted November 2013

This information should be sent to every MP, MLA, every media person - asking why so little is being done about the interconnectedness of the electricity grid.   With every major US agency warning that a catastrophe equal to or worse than a nuclear fallout will happen if the grid is interconnected, why aren't governments taking precautionary steps to ensure that utility systems are not so vulnerable?


"According to a recent report sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. power grid is under threat from nation-states, organized crime syndicates, hacktivists, and terrorists. More needs to be done to protect the nation's power grid and mitigate these threats. A little more than ten years ago, a tree branch triggered one of the worst blackouts in U.S. history affecting around 50 million people; about a year ago, the effects of Hurricane Sandy caused widespread outages in NYC. Today, the electrical power grid continues to be a prime concern for the government and private utility companies. The grid's problems handling "natural disasters" make the threat of sustained and purposeful disasters even more disconcerting. Possible man-made threats stem from cyber attacks as well as electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The DOE is not alone in its concern; a recent survey by National Geographic revealed citizens do not have confidence in the grid's security or in the government's level of readiness. Three-quarters of the survey's respondents expect the U.S. to face a "catastrophic cyberattack" during their lifetime, and over 50 percent believe the U.S. is unprepared for such an attack.  

The DOE-sponsored study shows a number of ways in which power-grid networks are vulnerable to foreign or domestic threats. Indeed, North Korea is currently pursuing EMP technology and views cyber attacks as general-use weapons to target key institutional and infrastructure systems. Iran and various non-state actors could also pose a direct threat to U.S. grid security.  

Importantly, investing in security means investing in people. U.S. power companies should provide continuous cybersecurity training to personnel to improve grid security. Instead of top-down mandates, Congress should empower local and private entities to educate citizens and employees in cybersecurity.  

Grid security also depends on a culture of leadership. This means educating executives and company boards about cybersecurity. A recent Ernst & Young survey shows senior business leaders' increasing involvement in cybersecurity. An upcoming Heritage report will focus on how to encourage utility leaders to learn about cyber threats and improve grid security.

Heritage's report will also show the need for information sharing to reduce costs and minimize threats to businesses, while increasing an executive's decision-making abilities. Congress should build off private initiative and enable effective information sharing about the current threats against the power grid.  

Congress should thoughtfully address these issues before the lights go out.

Brett Ramsay is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. 




Sep 13
2014

Introduction

  • Austria (Salzburg and Styria) 
  • Bulgaria 
  • People's Republic of China 
  • India 
  • The Russian Federation 
Spectrum Use, Exposure Risk and Best Practice
  • 60 GHz Radiation 
  • Terahertz Radiation - T-Rays 
Managing Risk
  • United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development 
  • Council of Europe 
  • European Environment Agency 
Creating a Sustainable Future through Intelligent Risk Management

References




Sep 9
2014

MOBILIZE: Official Trailer

Mobilize is an investigative documentary that looks at the potential risks of cell phone radiation

Mobilize is an investigative documentary that explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation including brain cancer and infertility. This thought-provoking film examines the most recent scientific research and the challenges politicians face trying to pass cell phone safety legislation. Through interviews with expert researchers, major mobile associates, and prominent politicians, Mobilize presents a balanced and insightful observation about this unspoken health issue. 



Documentary/Environmental/Social Issue
84 Minutes
USA
Director/ Screenwriter: Kevin Kunze

There are 6 billion cell phones worldwide, but what do we really know about the long-term health effects from this technology? Mobilize is an investigative documentary that looks at the potential risks of cell phone radiation including cancer and infertility. This thought- provoking film examines the most recent scientific research, the challenges politicians face trying to pass precautionary legislation, and the pervasive influence cell phone companies have in our society.  

Filmed over three years, Mobilize features interviews with experts from the following organizations and universities: Apple Inc., the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the National Cancer Institute, the Cellular Telecommunications Internet Association, Yale University, Harvard University, USC, UCSF, UC Berkeley, and Virgin Mobile.




Aug 21
2014

Court Raises Bar for Least-Intrusive Means Test

Court Rules in Favor of Public Hearings - Telecom tower industry newsletter article

  • Court Case Illuminates Problems of Time-limited Permits
  • Court Rules in Favor of Public Hearings 
"American Tower V. City of San Diego also addresses the issue of whether or not a public hearing should be required under California state law for a change to an existing antenna structure. Wireless advocates hold that legislative language in Section 6409(a) that "a State or local government may not deny, and shall approve, any eligible facilities request" precludes the need for a public hearing.

"The court states that the automatic approval of American Tower's applications without a hearing would deprive landowners of their property rights and would violate due process.

"[American Tower] claims that the automatic approval of its conditional users permit applications would not constitute a substantial or significant deprivation ... because the facilities are already in existence, their continued presence cannot possibly deprive adjacent landowners of any property rights," the court wrote. "This argument ignores [American Tower's] obligation to return the sites to their original condition now that the original conditional-use permits have expired by their terms.

"Dozens of antennas perched on hundreds of feet of towers alongside hundreds of square feet of equipment shelters may not seem like a cognizable impact to [American Tower], but we believe most landowners would beg to differ," the court added.




Aug 8
2014

The brain tumor cases awaiting a Washington DC judge's ruling are now cleared to proceed to trial as the judge deemed the science strong enough to merit going to trial. This is a monumental decision.

"A Washington D.C. superior court ruled that five scientific expert witnesses can testify for consumers suffering from brain tumors allegedly caused or promoted by cell phone use . . .

"Judge Frederick H. Weisberg who is presiding over 13 consolidated lawsuits against the telecom industry ruled that experts met the Dyas/Frye legal standards and can offer testimony related to injury causation and health effects. The court held evidentiary hearings in December 2013 and January 2014 and reviewed hundreds of exhibits.

"Judge Weisberg noted that while the court did not decide the issue of whether cell phones cause brain tumors new scientific studies and information have emerged recently. His order referred to a May 2014 French case-control epidemiological study that found support for "a possible association between heavy mobile phone use" and brain tumors.

"Each of the plaintiffs in the litigation suffers from a brain tumor or is suing for a family of someone who died of brain cancer. . .




Aug 1
2014

Smart Meter Radiation - Take Back Your Power

Excellent graphic example of the dangers of Smart Meters and wireless radiation. First posted January 11, 2014



Jul 14
2014

National Parks England & Mobile Operators Association Accord - U.K.

Launch July 2014 - The Mobile Operators Association has struck a deal with National Parks England to provide improved mobile coverage for the benefit of local communities



Link to The Telegraph: National Parks [U.K.] to get mobile signal boost

"England's National Parks are set to benefit from improved mobile coverage, following an agreement between National Parks England the Mobile Operators Association, which represents EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

"The aim of the deal is to help communities living in National Parks to benefit from consistent high quality mobile connectivity, while minimising any adverse environmental impacts.

"Operators will be encouraged to share masts where possible, and come up with alternative designs and innovative proposals to enable networks to be deployed in an manner that protects the rich wildlife and cultural heritage of the parks.

The agreement was launched by government ministers from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

"Our National Parks are areas of incredible beauty but they are also places where people live and work," said Communications Minister Ed Vaizey. Related Articles Android L vs iOS 8: what is different? 09 Jul 2014 Post Office to enter mobile phone market 08 Jul 2014 Microsoft's Lumia 930 receives UK launch date 07 Jul 2014 Mobiles 'could be barred from flights' if not charged 06 Jul 2014 Veho: portable smartphone chargers HSBC

"They need access to the modern communications that many of us have taken for granted for years. The new agreement could make a real difference to those who live, work or visit our glorious National Parks."

"Environment Minister Lord de Mauley added that National Parks are living, working places, worth more than £4bn to the national economy. It is therefore essential that businesses and homes in the parks have access to 21st century communications.

"This spirit of cooperation is exactly what is needed to bring modern technology to remote areas so we can close the digital divide and help grow our rural economy," he said.

"The work will cover the 10 National Parks of England, including Broads Authority, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, New Forest, North York Moors, Northumberland, Peak District, South Downs and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities.

"Exmoor's National Park Officer, Nigel Stone, said that National Park Authorities have developed good working relationships with the installers of mobile phone networks, and welcome interest from mobile operators."




Jul 2
2014

Long-time Wi-Fi Safety Fears (Australia)

VIDEO of television report: Protect Your Family From EMF Pollution

"Around the world, an increasing number of countries are banning or warning against the use of Wi-Fi in schools."  Pippa Gardner reports.

"The downside of Wi-Fi in schools is showing up more and more in the press. What this excellent report from Australia misses is that most of the children are affected biologically by the microwave radiation from the Wi-Fi routers, but only a few show symptoms right away. Take a look for yourself . . . 




Jun 21
2014

Smart meters for energy to be voluntary U.K.

Plans to force households to have energy smart meters installed have been shelved over health and privacy fears.

"The Government had promised that every household would have a smart meter by 2019 in a billion pound programme to stop gas and electricity bills being estimated.

"Officials are devising plans to allow people to reject the smart meters, which communicate remotely from households to energy companies.

"The move is a victory for campaign groups and backbench MPs, who raised concerns with ministers that the devices emit electromagnetic radiation 24 hours a day and cannot be turned off. Privacy campaigners were worried that half-hourly data on energy usage collected by smart meters could give clues about people's way of life, such as when someone is on holiday, at work or asleep. Sources in the Department for Energy and Climate Change said the proposal was shelved to avoid the programme getting "bogged down" in lengthy legal disputes.

"There has been a public outcry recently about the potential health effects of smart meters in the US and Canada.

"About 400,000 have been installed in British homes. Most of the devices emit similar radiation to mobile phones, microwaves and wireless internet.

"Campaigners are worried about the build-up of such devices in the home. Some people claim to be sensitive to electromagnetic fields, saying it gives them symptoms such as nausea, fatigue and headaches.

"In America, utility companies have been hit with multi-million dollar class action lawsuits from people who have had the devices installed in their homes.

"Regulators say smart meters are safe. But protesters point to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine's opposition to the devices.

"Bill Esterson, MP for Sefton Central, is now urging the Government to say whether smart meters will come with health warnings.

"Charles Hendry, the energy minister, said: "We believe people will benefit from having smart meters. But we will not make them obligatory."




Apr 30
2014



Mass Tort Filed Against Utilities For Health Effects From Smart Meters/Smart Grid

"This is an announcement of legal actions against harm from wireless radiation from household and commercial digital electric meters.

"More and more people are discovering that otherwise unexplained health problems can be correlated and attributed to electromagnetic exposures from wireless devices, especially the new generation of "Smart Grid" digital electric meters.

"The recent and ongoing worldwide deployment of digital electric meters on homes has caused a major increase in symptoms, illnesses and injuries to health. The massive scale of these problems is just starting to be recognized.

"Those industries, businesses and individuals who profit from wireless technologies, such as your power company, are suppressing information about the hazards of wireless technologies. They are attacking proponents of responsible wireless management and they are knowingly exposing the public to harm and damage hoping that the general public and the media will refuse to believe the obvious and proven connection between electromagnetic radiation and biological damage.

"Because of the wireless industry's irresponsibility and wrongdoing, unfortunately, legal actions have become necessary. There are many illnesses and injuries caused by digital electric metering. Liz Barris, a lawsuit organizer, announces in this video how to recognize the symptoms of EMR exposure and how to contact competent legal assistance to join existing and upcoming legal actions to protect you and your family's health, safety, privacy, rights and property. . . .




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