New study warns of risks from emissions, suggests towers be kept away from homes
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CHE partner Blake Levitt has posted the following news release:
For Release 5 November 2010
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Radiation from cell phone towers, Wi-Fi , smart grids, and other sources: What are the long-term effects?
Ottawa, Canada ? Documented biological effects of short-term exposure to low-intensity radiofrequency radiation (RFR)?such as those emitted from cell tower base stations and other antenna arrays?include headaches, skin rashes, sleep disturbances, depression, concentration problems, and dizziness. But scientists know little about the long-term effects of RFR. An article in the 2010 volume of Environmental Reviews examines existing studies of people living or working near cellular infrastructure and other pertinent studies that could apply to long-term, low-level RFR.
The world?s population is 6.5 billion; recent industry figures for 2010 figures put the global number of cell phone users at 5.1 billion, and growing. As Wi-Fi antennas and cellular phone base stations increase in number, questions arise regarding the general population living or working near transmitting facilities: Do biological and (or) health effects occur after exposure to low-intensity RFR? Do health effects accumulate over time, since the exposure is of a long duration and may be intermittent? The paper is a comprehensive examination of studies of people living near wireless infrastructure and points to potential effects on other species, such as birds, bats and insects, when air is considered as habitat.
The authors, B. Blake Levitt and Henry Lai, draw from the existing literature to make several recommendations. They say the US Federal Communications Commission should update outdated guidelines. Exposure of the general population to RFR from wireless communications devices and transmission towers should be kept to a minimum. Regular monitoring of base stations should be considered, and background ambient levels measured at specific distances from proposed tower sites before and after they go online, to establish baseline data in case adverse effects in the population are reported later. Unfortunately, it may be too late, the authors say: with so much background RFR today, it is already almost impossible to find a ?clean? RFR environment.
The article will appear in Environmental Reviews (pp. 369?395), published online on 5 November 2010 by the NRC Research Press.
Levitt, B.B. and Lai, H. 2010. Biological effects from exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell tower base stations and other antenna arrays. Environmental Reviews, 18 : 369?395. DOI: 10.1139/A10-018
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Ottawa Citizen story at:
Informant: Iris Atzmon
Important and excellent review with open acces:
Environmental reviews, 18: 369-395 (2010)
Biological effects from exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell tower base stations and other antenna arrays Open Access
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