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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.



Aug 1
2015

Fruit Flies and Electrical Fields

University of Southhampton - Electric fields affect wing movement, leading to agitation and changes in brain chemistry

"A new piece of research led by the University of Southampton has found that the behaviour of fruit flies, which are commonly used in laboratory experiments, is altered by electric fields. The research indicates that the wings of the insects are disturbed by static electric fields, leading to changes in avoidance behaviour and the neurochemical balance of their brains.

""Fruit flies are often used as model organisms to understand fundamental problems in biology," say Professor Philip Newland, Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Southampton and lead author of the study. "75 per cent of the genes that cause disease in humans are shared by fruit flies, so by studying them we can learn a lot about basic mechanisms. . . .




May 20
2015

Spontaneous Magnetic Alignment by Yearling Snapping Turtles

Rapid Association of Radio Frequency Dependent Pattern of Magnetic Input with Novel Surroundings: Landler, Painter, Youmans, Hopkins, Phillips

" . . . Behavioral studies have helped characterize the functional properties of both the MBM [magnetic based mechanism] and the RPM [radical pair mechanism]. For example, in insects, amphibians and birds, the magnetic compass has been shown to be dependent on light, and sensitive to the inclination, but not polarity, of the magnetic field. Both results are consistent with a RPM. In contrast, mole-rats that inhabit aphotic subterranean habitats have a MBM-based magnetic compass that operates in total darkness and is sensitive to the polarity of the magnetic field. To date, responses showing properties of both mechanisms have only been observed in animals that use magnetic cues in both the map and compass components of long-distance navigation (newts, birds and sea turtles, suggesting that these responses may receive inputs from both mechanisms, rather than the involvement of a third, distinct mechanism.

"A diagnostic property that distinguishes unambiguously between a MBM and RPM is sensitivity of the RPM to low-level radio frequency (RF) fields. For instance, magnetic compass orientation of birds is disrupted by low-level RF fields at the Larmor frequency (i.e., the precession frequency of an electron spin in the ambient magnetic field), as well as low-level RF noise, consistent with the involvement of a RPM. . . 




May 1
2015

Meeting of the Standing Committee on Health April 23 2015

Oral Statement of Dariusz Leszczynski, PhD, DSc at the House of Commons of Canada

Oral Statement of Dariusz Leszczynski, PhD, DSc for the meeting of the Standing Committee on Health of the House of Commons of Canada on April 23, 2015
My name is Dariusz Leszczynski and I am currently Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Helsinki in Finland. I do research in area of biological and health effects of cell phone-emitted radiation since 1997. I will briefly present now, what I said in a slightly more detailed form in my submitted document.




Feb 8
2015

Can Electromagnetic Exposure Cause a Change in Behaviour in honey bees? (2011)

Studying Possible Non-Thermal Influences on Honey Bees - An Approach within the Framework of Educational Informatics

Abstract

In recent years the public discussion has been focused increasingly on possible unhealthy effects of high-frequency electromagnetic fields (particularly of mobile-phones) on human beings. Whereas thermal effects of this radiation could be explained very well, non-thermal effects could hardly be clarified. In our last works, we pointed out that - from view of Educational Informatics - honey bees are suitable bioindicators to serve as a model of a living being to study learning processes especially in this aspect.

"In this paper, we describe a first pilot study, which explores the non-thermal influence of highfrequency electromagnetic fields. Therefore we observe the behaviour of honey bees (apis mellifera carnica) by exposing them to the radiation of DECT-phones. In this study four respectively eight bee-colonies were used as experimental group and were irradiated, whereas the same numbers of comparable bee-colonies was field-free. The observed parameters were the building behaviour . . .

 "All observed honey bees had the same weather conditions. These figures show that the quantity of returning bees of the non-exposed honey bees was bigger as well as the returning time of the few returning exposed honey bees was distinctly longer.




Feb 8
2015

Can Electromagnetic Exposure Cause a Change in Behaviour in honey bees? (2011)

Studying Possible Non-Thermal Influences on Honey Bees - An Approach within the Framework of Educational Informatics

Abstract

In recent years the public discussion has been focused increasingly on possible unhealthy effects of high-frequency electromagnetic fields (particularly of mobile-phones) on human beings. Whereas thermal effects of this radiation could be explained very well, non-thermal effects could hardly be clarified. In our last works, we pointed out that - from view of Educational Informatics - honey bees are suitable bioindicators to serve as a model of a living being to study learning processes especially in this aspect.

"In this paper, we describe a first pilot study, which explores the non-thermal influence of highfrequency electromagnetic fields. Therefore we observe the behaviour of honey bees (apis mellifera carnica) by exposing them to the radiation of DECT-phones. In this study four respectively eight bee-colonies were used as experimental group and were irradiated, whereas the same numbers of comparable bee-colonies was field-free. The observed parameters were the building behaviour . . .

 "All observed honey bees had the same weather conditions. These figures show that the quantity of returning bees of the non-exposed honey bees was bigger as well as the returning time of the few returning exposed honey bees was distinctly longer.




Feb 8
2015

No Electromagnetic Warfare Testing on the Olympic Peninsula!

West Coast Action Alliance - to call To call attention to the effects of war games over the sacred and beautiful land of the Olympic National Park

This area includes the last remaining temperate rainforest in all of North America. It is the quietest region in the country. Eight tribal nations, hundreds of thousands of residents live here, and more than 3 million people come to visit each year. . . .



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Jan 1
2015

Mobile Communications: The Cause for the Global Disappearance of the Bees

Handout / Tri-Fold Brochure - The World Foundation for Natural Science

  • The Bees Disappear 
  • Weakening of the Immune System 
  • Disruption of Orientation 
  • Adverse Effects on the Waggle Dance 
  • Stimulation to Emit Piping Noise 
  • If the Bees Disappear, Man Will Disappear as Well 
  • Can we afford an unnatural technology for mobile communications if our own basis of existence is destroyed as a result? 

The Promised Land of the Robobee, Monsanto and DARPA  




Nov 17
2014

An Electronic Silent Spring

Book by Katie Singer

An Electronic Silent Spring - Facing the Dangers and Creating Safe Limits

"Society has received profound benefits from electronics. We have developed and marketed electronic technologies [that emit electromagnetic radiation (EMR)] without recognition or regulation of its effects on human health or wildlife. Katie Singer's book, An Electronic Silent Spring, and this website are dedicated to encouraging recognition that EMR can harm people and wildlife; to protective solutions for the public health and our ecosystem.

"While they operate, mobile phones, mobile phone chargers, iPads, cellular antennas, Wi-Fi, compact fluorescent lights, transformers and "smart" utility meters emit electromagnetic radiation (EMR) at frequencies and amplitudes that are not found in nature. An Electronic Silent Spring describes how wildlife and peoples' health are affected.

  1. The book reports on peer-reviewed studies that show that EMR-exposed tadpoles die, aspen tree seedlings wither, bee colonies collapse, birds crash into antennas and white stork mates fight.
  2. Signals emitted by metal detectors, "smart" utility meters, hybrid cars and other common electronics can shut off a medical implant. While the FDA regulates microwave ovens (whose signals can interfere with cardiac pacemakers), no agency regulates cell phones, which operate closer to the body, with more power and at the same frequency as a microwave oven. Geophysicist, electrical engineer and implant patient Dr. Gary Olhoeft explains the issues. 
  3. Dr. Martha Herbert, Harvard pediatric neurologist, and Cindy Sage, MA, co-editor of the BioInitiative Report, and others explain why exposing children to Wi-Fi may lead to autism. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns pregnant women and children not to use cell phones. 
  4. Federal regulations protect the engineering needs of electronic devices and telecom companies. Federal law prohibits local officials from refusing installation of a cell tower based on health or environmental concerns. The book explains federal policies, which do not recognize that EMR can harm health. 
  5. Underwriters Lloyds of London and A.M. Best advise companies not to insure against damages to health caused by wireless devices. This book presents the peer-reviewed studies underlying analysts' concerns. 
"Katie Singer's An Electronic Silent Spring also offers an extensive solutions section for policy makers, telecom and utility companies, schools, civic groups and individuals who want to reduce EMR emissions and exposure.




Nov 1
2014

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."






Nov 1
2014

Olympic National Forest designated as Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range for US Navy?

Comment period ended Friday, November 28th, 2014 - This will go ahead IF Forest Service approves

 N.B. Public input to October 10 has been significant, and so requests to have the deadline extended have been granted TWICE. The second deadline for comments was October 31.  It was then reset for November 28, 2014.  The comment procedure is printed below.  Beneath that is our original information.

Examples of Letters


Dear Interested Party:


T
he Responsible Official for the Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range Environmental Assessment has decided to extend the current public comment. The current comment period was to end October 31, 2014. To ensure the public has had plenty of time to provide comment, the comment period will be extended to November 28, 2014. If you have already provided comments on this project, you do not need to comment again with the same information you've already provided.

 

In addition to extending the comment period, the City of Port Angeles is hosting Navy and US Forest staff for a question and answer session on Thursday, November 6th from 6-8pm in Port Angeles, WA.  The location for this event is the City Council Chambers, located at 321 East Fifth Street, Port Angeles, WA. 

 

Those wishing to provide input and have standing (eligibility) during the future Objection period for this project can be submitted to the project website, http://go.usa.gov/785z , and click on the "Comment on Project" link on the right side. If you have any questions regarding the details of this proposal or have comments, please contact Greg Wahl at (360) 956-2375.

 

The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.  The office location is 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia, WA  98512.  Those submitting electronic copies must put the project name in the subject line, and must either submit comments as part of the e-mail message or as an attachment only in one of the following three formats: Microsoft Word, rich text format (rtf) or Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf). In cases where no identifiable name is attached to a comment, a verification of identity will be required for objection eligibility. If using an electronic message, a scanned signature is one way to provide verification.

 

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted until November 28, 2014. 

 

The EA is available for review on-line at: http://go.usa.gov/785z

 
Original Background:

Beginning next year (2015) the U.S. Navy plans EMF weapons exercises (powerful RF devices) in the Olympic National Forest in Washington State, along the shores of northern Olympic Peninsula.  Callum County faces Victoria and B.C. The frequencies are high, 4-8 GHz, and travel great distances. British Columbia will very likely be exposed to high levels of radiation that the military will be testing.

The US Forest Service issued a draft approval finding no significant impact. 
The U.S. Navy is saying there is no evidence of harm to animals or humans. 

We all know this is not true.  Significantly, the Forest District Manager Dean Millett cancelled his decision (Environmental Assessment) on September 26 and re-opened the Public Comment period. That Public Comment period ends October [31].

All the documents are here Northwest Electronic Warfare Range Environmental Assessment (EA)- Electrowarfare

To have standing to make an objection later during the objection period, you must submit a comment now. The objection period will take place after the public comment period closes and District Manager Millett re-issues a decision.

Project name is apparently Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range Environmental Assessment (EA) That must be in the subject line if sending comments by email.

Those wishing to provide input and have standing (eligibility) during the future Objection period for this project must submit their comments to the project lead:

Greg Wahl
1835 Black Lake Blvd SW,
Olympia, WA 98512.


If you have any questions regarding the details of this proposal or have comments, please contact Greg Wahl at gtwahl@fs.fed.us [only for questions] or (360) 956-2375. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Those submitting electronic copies [of comments] must put the project name in the subject line, and must either submit comments as part of the e-mail message or as an attachment only in one of the following three formats: Microsoft Word, rich text format (rtf) or Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf), and can do so to the following e-mail address: comments-pacificnorthwest-olympic-pacific@fs.fed.us

In cases where no identifiable name is attached to a comment, a verification of identity will be required for objection eligibility. If using an electronic message, a scanned signature is one way to provide verification. E-mails submitted to e-mail addresses other than the one listed above, in other formats than those listed, or containing viruses, will be rejected.

For more information and documents on this project, including the Draft Decision Notice (under "Decision"), the Final EA, and EA Public Notice Extension, Sept.26 (under "Supporting"): http://tinyurl.com/PDN-Electrowarfare Information on the extended comment period are under "Supporting". Here are two informative articles on this from the Peninsula Daily News. Post comments on the most recent one below:

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140928/NEWS/309289934/no-people-large-animals-to-be-harmed-in-electronic-warfare-training

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140927/NEWS/309279992/for-war-games-next-year-navy-wants-to-post-trucks-with

Excerpts from the first link:

The Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range project would entail the first use of electromagnetic radiation for the Navy training that pilots now simulate by internal aircraft controls.

Dean Millett, district ranger for the Pacific District of the Olympic National Forest, had issued a draft notice of a decision earlier this month in which he had agreed with the Navy's finding of no significant impact, clearing the way for a Forest Service special permit.

He canceled the decision Thursday and reopened public comment because of "renewed interest . . . from members of the public who were unaware of the proposal," notice of which was not published in North Olympic Peninsula newspapers.

Comment is being accepted through Oct. [31] on the environmental assessment, which is at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-Electrowarfare.

The purpose is to train to deny the enemy "all possible frequencies of electromagnetic radiation (i.e. electromagnetic energy) for use in such applications as communication systems, navigation systems and defense related systems and components," according to the environmental assessment.

Extended exposure to electromagnetic radiation could cause a health hazard, the Navy said in the environmental assessment, available at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-Electrowarfare.

The emitters would operate on a radio frequency band from 4 to 8 gigahertz (GHz).

Navy officials did not know the impact of the emissions on small animals, saying "There are no conclusive direct hazards to human tissue as a result of electromagnetic radiation.

"Links to DNA fragmentation, leukemia, and cancer due to intermittent exposure to extremely high levels of electromagnetic radiation are speculative; study data are inconsistent and insufficient at this time," according to the assessment.

Crew members staffing the trucks would be protected by being under the tower, which is pointing the electromagnetic radiation upward, Sodano said.

The draft decision has been made by one person, Dean Millett, District Ranger for the Park. He decided to let the Navy proceed with their Alternative 2 is because "it meets the purpose and need of the project most effectively". This park ranger is deciding what is best for the Navy instead of what is best for the park.

Please comment and distribute this information widely. According to the press report, if the Forest Service says "No", the Navy can't use the Forest.

Questions? Contact Greg Wahl, Forest Environmental Coordinator

Email: gtwahl@fs.fed.us
Telephone: 360-956-2375.




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