* New research commissioned by mep demonstrates real dangers from mobile phone masts (2/10/02)

Tramès per Klaus Rudolph (Citizens' Initiative Omega)

Presentation in the European Parliament on 11 July 2001

In response to the many requests for help from constituents campaigning against the siting of mobile phone masts in residential areas, Green MEP Caroline Lucas has commissioned research through the European Commission's Directorate General for Research into the health effects of these masts.

Authored by an expert in the field, Dr Gerard Hyland, from the Department of Physics at Warwick University (UK) and the International Institute of Biophysics in Germany, the study demonstrates that existing Safety Guidelines are completely inadequate, since they focus only on the thermal effects of exposure to electro-magnetic fields.  Dr Hyland's research shows that the non-thermal frequency-specific effects are highly significant, and also need to be urgently addressed.

Caroline Lucas said: "This research demonstrates that there is a very real problem.   I will be using this new evidence in order to press the case for strong, binding EU EU legislation that will prevent the siting of masts in densely populated residential areas."

Dr Hyland's research shows that the pulsing of the microwave signals used in the digital GSM system of mobile telephony contains certain low frequency patterns that lie in the range of the human brain waves. Given that both light and microwaves belong to the same electromagnetic spectrum, differing only in their frequency and degree of coherence, there is no reason to suppose that the negative effect of a flashing visible light (eg the ability of a stroboscope, even at quite low intensities, to introduce epileptic seizures) does not extend to microwave radiation flashing/pulsing at an equally low frequency, since this can easily penetrate the skull.  That it is unreasonable to suppose that our brains should somehow be immune to this electromagnetic aggression is pointedly emphasized by the prohibition on the use of mobile phones in aircraft on the grounds that their signals might interfere with the plane's control systems.  For, given the infinitely greater electromagnetic sensitivity of the alive human organism, it would be paradoxical if the same radiation did not similarly interfere with our own neural processes.

Dr Hyland said: "If the same level of uncertainty and debate as currently surrounds the safety of human exposure to GSM radiation obtained in the case of a new drug of foodstuff they would most certainly never be licensed."

Dr Hyland will be presenting his findings to the European Parliament's Industry, Trade, Research and Energy Committee on 11 July 2001.

More information:
Green Party Press Office: 0207 407 6280


Informant: Robert Riedlinger

* G.J. Hyland:The Physiological and Environmental Effects of  Non-ionising Electromagnetic Radiation (february 2001) (Format zip, 52 Kb)

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