Citizens for Safe Technology
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and nature from unsafe wireless technologies.
Wildlife and Environment
Wireless devices and technologies, and the infrastructure required to support them, are endangering not only human biology, but all natural processes in our environment as well. Wildlife,and the environmental systems they depend on to survive. We can all take immediate steps to lessen the damage we are causing from using wireless technologies.
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International Journal of Environmental Sciences - 2010
"Apiculture has developed into an important industry in India as honey and bee wax have become common products. Recently a sharp decline in population of honey bees has been observed in Kerala. Although the bees are susceptible to diseases and attacked by natural enemies like wasps, ants and wax moth, constant vigilance on the part of the bee keepers can overcome these adverse conditions. The present plunge in population (< 0.01) was not due to these reasons. It was caused by man due to unscientific proliferation of towers and mobile phones.
"Bees and other insects have survived and evolved complex immune systems on this planet over a span of millions of years. It is not logical that they would now suddenly die out now due to diseases and natural parasites. This suggests another factor has been introduced to their environment that disrupts their immune system. This man made factor is the mobile towers and mobile phones. The public is not being informed of the threat due to deliberate attempts on the part of mobile phone makers to mask the direct causal relationship . . ."
Researchers in Germany have documented, for the first time, that even modest amounts of electromagnetic "noise" produced by humans can disable the internal compass of birds. (Courtesy of Nature Video)
" . . . If the effect reported by the authors stands the acid test of reproducibility," he wrote, "we might consider gradually abandoning our use of this portion of the electromagnetic spectrum and implementing engineering approaches to minimize incidental low-frequency noise, to help migratory birds find their way."
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."
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Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays -- "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair
A burned Yellow-rumped Warbler that was found at the Ivanpah solar plant in the California Mojave Desert.
IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays -- "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair
"Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator's application to build a still-bigger version.
"The investigators want the halt until the full extent of the deaths can be assessed. Estimates per year now range from a low of about a thousand by BrightSource to 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.
"The deaths are "alarming. It's hard to say whether that's the location or the technology," said Garry George, renewable-energy director for the California chapter of the Audubon Society. "There needs to be some caution."
"The bird kills mark the latest instance in which the quest for clean energy sometimes has inadvertent environmental harm. Solar farms have been criticized for their impacts on desert tortoises, and wind farms have killed birds, including numerous raptors.
"We take this issue very seriously," said Jeff Holland, a spokesman for NRG Solar of Carlsbad, California, the second of the three companies behind the plant. The third, Google, deferred comment to its partners.
"The $2.2 billion plant, which launched in February, is at Ivanpah Dry Lake near the California-Nevada border. The operator says it is the world's biggest plant to employ so-called power towers.
"More than 300,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door, reflect solar rays onto three boiler towers each looming up to 40 stories high. The water inside is heated to produce steam, which turns turbines that generate enough electricity for 140,000 homes.
"Sun rays sent up by the field of mirrors are bright enough to dazzle pilots flying in and out of Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
"Federal wildlife officials said Ivanpah might act as a "mega-trap" for wildlife, with the bright light of the plant attracting insects, which in turn attract insect-eating birds that fly to their death in the intensely focused light rays.
"Federal and state biologists call the number of deaths significant, based on sightings of birds getting singed and falling, and on retrieval of carcasses with feathers charred too severely for flight.
"Ivanpah officials dispute the source of the so-called streamers, saying at least some of the puffs of smoke mark insects and bits of airborne trash being ignited by the solar rays.
"Wildlife officials who witnessed the phenomena say many of the clouds of smoke were too big to come from anything but a bird, and they add that they saw "birds entering the solar flux and igniting, consequently become a streamer."
"U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials say they want a death toll for a full year of operation.
"Given the apparent scale of bird deaths at Ivanpah, authorities should thoroughly track bird kills there for a year, including during annual migratory seasons, before granting any more permits for that kind of solar technology, said George, of the Audubon Society.
"The toll on birds has been surprising, said Robert Weisenmiller, chairman of the California Energy Commission. "We didn't see a lot of impact" on birds at the first, smaller power towers in the U.S. and Europe, Weisenmiller said.
"The commission is now considering the application from Oakland-based BrightSource to build a mirror field and a 75-story power tower that would reach above the sand dunes and creek washes between Joshua Tree National Park and the California-Arizona border.
"The proposed plant is on a flight path for birds between the Colorado River and California's largest lake, the Salton Sea -- an area, experts say, is richer in avian life than the Ivanpah plant, with protected golden eagles and peregrine falcons and more than 100 other species of birds recorded there.
"U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials warned California this month that the power-tower style of solar technology holds "the highest lethality potential" of the many solar projects burgeoning in the deserts of California.
"The commission's staff estimates the proposed new tower would be almost four times as dangerous to birds as the Ivanpah plant. The agency is expected to decide this autumn on the proposal.
"While biologists say there is no known feasible way to curb the number of birds killed, the companies behind the projects say they are hoping to find one -- studying whether lights, sounds or some other technology would scare them away, said Joseph Desmond, senior vice president at BrightSource Energy.
"BrightSource also is offering $1.8 million in compensation for anticipated bird deaths at Palen, Desmond said.
"The company is proposing the money for programs such as those to spay and neuter domestic cats, which a government study found kill over 1.4 billion birds a year. Opponents say that would do nothing to help the desert birds at the proposed site.
"Power-tower proponents are fighting to keep the deaths from forcing a pause in the building of new plants when they see the technology on the verge of becoming more affordable and accessible, said Thomas Conroy, a renewable-energy expert.
"When it comes to powering the country's grids, "diversity of technology ... is critical," Conroy said. "Nobody should be arguing let's be all coal, all solar," all wind, or all nuclear. "And every one of those technologies has a long list of pros and cons."
US Department of Interior Attacks FCC's Exposure Standards - Take Back Your Power
"Birds have "nest and site abandonment, plumage deterioration, locomotion problems, reduced survivorship, and death"
"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 that 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: . . .
Destroying Nature by Electrosmog (originally published in November of 2007)
Effects of Wireless Communication Technologies
Brochure 1 of a brochure series by the Competence Initiative for the Protection of Humanity, Environment and Democracy
1. The organisation of life underlying its vulnerability Pages 5 to 8
2. About the disappearing bees and birds Pages 9 and 10
3. Mechanisms of disorientation and damage Pages 10 and 11
4. Humans suffer functionality disorders Pages 30 to 36
5. Summary, Scientific Literature, Summary 37 to 41
6. Glossary Page 42
7. Order Information and references
About the Author
The main fields of activity of Dr. rer. nat. Ulrich Warnke, and internationally renowned bio-scientist of the University of the Saarlan, are in bio-medicine, environmental medicine and bio-physics. His research has, for many decades, focused especially on the effect of electromagnetic fields.
For the creation of European and International Criminal Court of the Environment and Health
Please consider signing and circulating. This is an important petition, long overdue, aimed at holding corporations, such as BC Hydro, accountable for ruining the health of our environment:
Considering the inalienable human right to a healthy environment and the risk that the current level of biodiversity loss may be irreversible.
On January 30th 2014, a coalition of organizations has gathered at the European Parliament to launch the "Charter of Brussels" which officially requests the establishment of a European and an International Criminal Court of the Environment and Health. The Charter calls for the recognition of environmental crimes as crimes against Humanity and Peace by the United Nations.
The Charter suggests a progressive approach in 3 steps:
Canada's national parks plan to add wireless access in some locations
OTTAWA -- The quiet solitude and refuge from the connected world that many Canadians yearn for will soon be no more in dozens of Canada's wilderness zones.
Parks Canada wants to install wireless Internet access hotspots at up to 50 of its parks this year, and it expects to triple that number soon afterward.
The agency is requesting tenders from contractors to install Internet access points at 150 locations over the next three years.
CBC's THE CURRENT, May 1, 2014 - Wi-Fi in some of Canada's national parks get a fuzzy reception from campers
CBC Radio One - The Current - May 1, 2014
The call of the Wild could soon be interrupted by another form of technology. Parks Canada's intent to bring WiFi to 15 to 20 of its parks and sites by this summer has ignited a wave of criticism from some of the country's best known nature lovers. We've got the debate. . .
CTV - PARKS CANADA DEFENDS WI-FI HOTSPOTS, says they won't be in "back country".
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"Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?"
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