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A new paper in the Lancet assesses the impact of Planetary Electromagnetic Pollution.

“As the Planetary Health Alliance moves forward after a productive second annual meeting, a discussion on the rapid global proliferation of artificial electromagnetic fields would now be apt. The most notable is the blanket of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation, largely microwave radiation generated for wireless communication and surveillance technologies, as mounting scientific evidence suggests that prolonged exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation has serious biological and health effects. However, public exposure regulations in most countries continue to be based on the guidelines of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, which were established in the 1990s on the belief that only acute thermal effects are hazardous. Prevention of tissue heating by radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation is now proven to be ineffective in preventing biochemical and physiological interference. For example, acute non-thermal exposure has been shown to alter human brain metabolism by NIH scientists, electrical activity in the brain, and systemic immune responses. Chronic exposure has been associated with increased oxidative stress and DNA damage and cancer risk. Laboratory studies, including large rodent studies by the US National Toxicology Program and Ramazzini Institute of Italy, confirm these biological and health effects in vivo. As we address the threats to human health from the changing environmental conditions due to human activity, the increasing exposure to artificial electromagnetic radiation needs to be included in this discussion.”

“Due to the exponential increase in the use of wireless personal communication devices (eg, mobile or cordless phones and WiFi or Bluetooth-enabled devices) and the infrastructure facilitating them, levels of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation around the 1 GHz frequency band, which is mostly used for modern wireless communications, have increased from extremely low natural levels by about 10^18 (see Figure).”

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Electromagnetic_Pollution

The paper concludes:

“At a time when environmental health scientists tackle serious global issues such as climate change and chemical toxicants in public health, there is an urgent need to address so-called electrosmog. A genuine evidence-based approach to the risk assessment and regulation of anthropogenic electromagnetic fields will help the health of us all, as well as that of our planetary home. Some government health authorities have recently taken steps to reduce public exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation by regulating use of wireless devices by children and recommending preferential use of wired communication devices in general, but this ought to be a coordinated international effort.”

Getwired 2015: The Loss of Electromagnetic Innocence

Getwired 2015: The Loss of Electromagnetic Innocence

The recent GetWired2015 conference sponsored by Beneficial Environments was a response to concerns about the proliferation of wifi and mobile phone technologies.
The conference objective was to find and promote solutions to the problems arising both in terms of how to protect and shield vulnerable groups such as children and the aged but also how to encourage new safer products to be made available.   In contrast to many conferences focusing on the health effects, we have looked at solutions to the problem of widespread electrosensitivity and increasing electromagnetic pollution.
This is the first video release from Get Wired 2015.
Get Wired 2015 was organised in association with Stop Smart Meters! UK.
Professor Victor Newman, the conference chair, is an expert in motivating organisations to innovate.  He speaks about how new, safer technologies will become available to us all.  He sees that fashionable new products will play their part as the world adjusts to the new reality of lost electro-innocence.
We do hope you enjoy his talk about how organisations will respond to the need to reduce electromagnetic pollution.

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Prof. Victor Newman PhD

Prof. Victor Newman PhD

Victor is the Executive Chairman of Beneficial Environments, a leading Digital Risks specialist.  He was formerly Head of Innovation Strategy & Economics at The Technology Strategy Board and Chief Learning Officer to Pfizer.  As an early advisor to Cisco on the Internet of Things, Victor is now warning businesses about the risks from wireless technologies and explaining how innovation can happen within a new reality of EMF health risks.Innovation Practitioner and Visiting Professor in Innovation at Open, Greenwich and CCC  universities, mentor to SILK, CIO to Institute for Study of Zombie Organizations.

A Visiting Fellow to Cranfield University on the subject of Strategic Knowledge Management and Innovation, he also works with several business schools.   He is the Inventor of Emergent Knowledge Management techniques, including: Baton=Passing,  Smart Failing, Predator, Helicopter Process Leadership,  MOT, Behavioural Literacy and the Agile Innovation Leadership Programme.

Electrosmog Conference

Get Wired Too:  An Electrosmog Conference in Sussex on Sunday 1st November

Beneficial Environments and Stop Smart Meters are jointly hosting an electrosmog conference in Bolney, near Haywards Heath on Sunday 1st November.  Join us for a day of presentations and expert panel discussions with scientists, medical doctors, academics and researchers, on the implications of wireless technology and electro-pollution and the steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.

Why I believe that attending Get Wired 2015 is so important and why its focus is right for its time — it is about how we get to safer, healthier living.  By our conference chair, Prof. Victor Newman PhD

As an innovation specialist with a personal interest in the health risks associated with ‘electrosmog’, it is obvious to me that playing adversarial victim games is unlikely to deliver the systemic change that we require.  And, in an age of increasing digital connectivity, it is also obvious that this change must engage telecoms and electronics companies in making safer products.  Change in both respects is both necessary and inevitable.

Corporate politics tends toward investing in expensive, defensive behaviours to maintain market share; by attacking critics instead of by innovating, by generating doubt over science instead of by creating competitive advantage through new, safer and superior products.  The present path is one of ignorance, denial and short-termism; whilst the path we need to take involves informed, long-term thinking and responsible, leadership.

It could be that the fear of class action lawsuits destroying shareholder value in companies and national prestige is holding much of the industry back.  It could be that for a long time, directors at Volkswagon — at the highest level — felt that they had no choice but to continue their emissions test charade — because to take responsibility, to admit to it and to take action would expose them to charges of complicity, personal liability and consequences.

And so our strategy vis-a-vis artificial EMF pollution now, must be to help these industrial turkeys adopt intelligent and enlightened forms of self-interest — by helping them to vote for a new kind of Christmas, and to collaborate by becoming part of the solution.  To do otherwise is to hold onto an unsustainable, irresponsible and obsolete past, the grip on which becomes weaker with every new, peer-reviewed scientific journal paper.

We must demand, inform, and help, industry to take the initiative, and to change current product standards — without waiting to be forced by statute or scandal.  There is simply too much at stake.

I hope you can come.

Tickets are £20 or £10 if you have a low income.  Lunch is an optional extra at £10 each.  It will be vegan curries and salads provided by Mama Ghanoush of Hurstpierpoint.

For a list of speakers, venue details and more information, please click here

To book your place, please click here.

Electrosmog Conference

Electrosmog Conference

Electromagnetic Pollution

In this video Guy Hudson discusses Electromagnetic Pollution