General Q & A: Why be concerned?
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Forests are not just "wood," but ecosytems that nourish biodiversity and contribute to clean air, beauty, and water.
Yet, entire forests are being wiped in some countries for sale as furniture or toilet paper. Palm oil, often in packaged foods or cosmetics, is a big cause of deforestation - consumer apathy or ignorance is directly linked. Use of wood pellets, or "biomass," is more polluting than coal and trees disappear more quickly than coal, yet is often mistakenly termed "green energy." Despite myths, healthy, mature forests deter natural fires more so than clearcuts or "clearing" detritus, which forests need to nourish mushrooms and soil. Trees are dying of ill health from the Greenhouse effect, invasive pests, pollution, and toxins like wireless radiation, such that the rate of tree reproduction is less than natural tree death. We need to guide the logging industry and consumers away from wood consumption, pollution, and forest destruction, just as in Africa in some places locals were provided opportunities to protect instead of poach wildlife.
- General Resources:
- Rate of deforestation: https://www.theworldcounts.com/challenges/planet-earth/forests-and-deserts/rate-of-deforestation/story
- "Deforestation Explained," 2019, National Geographic: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation/
- Large-scale farming and other causes of deforestation: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/09/scientists-reveal-how-much-world-s-forests-being-destroyed-industrial-agriculture
- Biomass Issue: https://www.pfpi.net/
Yes, random exposure is dangerous. Yes, wireless is everywhere. Often the best you can do is try to reduce power density, and this is not easy nor a complete solution.
Scientists have NEVER found a safe level of exposure. If exposure is greater, effects often increase - but serious effects can occur at lower power density.
The International EMF Appeal, submitted in 2015 and presently signed by 250 scientists, states:
Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.
This was written in 2015 - evidence has just continued to accrue showing danger: antibiotic resistance, reduced immunity, altered gene expression, mitochondria damage, etc.
Note that the EMF Appeal warns not only of wireless, but of harm from electricity, although radiation from electricity is generally lessened by shielded wires.
Still, scientists and politicians seem confused by old dogma or ignorance, perhaps since education for scientists and doctors often ignores electromagnetic radiation and fails to include a full range of relevant studies: physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, and electrical engineering. Spokespersons for the National Toxicological Program (NTP) dismissed the findings of "clear evidence of cancer" to the press by saying the exposures were abnormal. In fact, in the NTP study exposures were not only legal, but far from abnormal. The truth is, our legal, ordinary exposures are in the NTP danger zone and beyond. Our cellphones, as shown by the Chicago Tribune and by others, even emit at levels beyond the weak but legal FCC guidelines. More information on the NTP study may be found on Dr. Joel Moskowitz's site SaferEMR dot com as well as other sites listed as research sources.
Confusion is also generated by "experts" and media affiliated with industry. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) identified wireless as a potential carcinogen (2B) in 2011. Since then, many of the original members of the IARC committee have called for a stronger classification due to existing research and growing understanding. IARC is part of the World Health Organization (WHO). Yet, a few "experts" with industry affiliations maintain the EMF Project inside another arm of the WHO. The EMF Project, headed by an electrical engineer, sends out fact sheets devoid of authors which claim the WHO denies any threats from wireless exposures.
The industry recycles a few experts to deny risks, and sponsors media and legislators heavily. At MintPress dot com, Derrick Broze recently summed up lobbying and 5G news deals between Big Telecom, the New York Times and Washington Post in his 11 May 2020 article "How Big Wireless Lobbied Governments to Build 5G For Citizen Data Collection and Surveillance."
Yes, 5G is dangerous. When research indicates higher exposure levels increase adverse effects, how can 5G be anything but dangerous? 5G increases exposures through:
- new wireless frequencies added on top of existing frequencies, which are already jam-packed;
- adding triple the amount of wireless frequencies compared to existing frequencies;
- cell tower antennas in residential zones and elsewhere in close proximity, on utility lines, light posts, etc.;
- millimeter waves which require high power and numerous antennas ideally in line of sight to work;
- special properties of millimeter waves which, even at legal exposure levels, concentrate in and heat skin;
- phased array antennas, which concentrate signals like a laser;
- AI tracking to direct the beam at cellphones, etc., thus directly by or at persons;
- satellites - hundreds of satellites are now in space to provide personal wireless services, operations set to begin, and tens of thousands are planned;
- design for the Internet of Things - 5G is meant to support artificial intelligence and connect to an exponential number of devices.
Research shows wireless harms immunity. The wireless Covid19 problem is not about getting the virus, but about normal recovery. Wireless should be as much or more of a concern than uncovered coughing.
Immune research is underfunded, but troubling. Research by Kolomytseva et al (2002) found 50% suppression of immune function in mice for 2-3 hours following a single 20-minute millimeter wave exposure at 45 GHz. Also see the KompetenzInitiative dot com/brochures for an excellent summary of wireless long-term effects on health. Immune research lists are also available at SaferEMR dot com and Bioinitiative dot org (scroll down main page).
A great body of research shows that wireless inflames responses and opens the cell membranes, allowing entry of toxins such as viruses. Covid19 is known to involve a strong inflammatory response - inflammation caused by wireless can only make this worse. There may also be overlap or aggravation of other symptoms associated with wireless exposures, including, oddly enough, loss of smell and burning or tingly skin.
5G would be expected to have greater effect on health just from greater intensity, but also because of factors such as resonance or near resonance with oxygen molecules, especially at 60 GHz which is used for wireless back-haul and other uses. Resonance would interfere with or alter normal chemical reactions.
In addition, research exists showing alteration of bacteria populations and increase of antibiotic resistance. While viruses are not bacteria, these changes suggest wireless may change the ecology in the micro-biome.
There is one research paper on viruses and electromagnetic exposure - the exposure being to 50 hertz or fields from electricity. Researchers found that when exposed, the EBV virus switched on or was expressed. The virus existed in the sample cells, but was essentially asleep until exposure to the fields.
In sum, overlooked by the medical profession and many scientists is the enormous harm of pollution, poverty, and ensuing ill health contributing to critical illness from Covid19. Just as one example, obesity alone is estimated to have caused a loss of one year's life from 1988 to 2011, not even factoring impacts on lifestyle. In addition, obesity is a significant risk factor for critical illness from Covid19. While obesity is easy to see, what is less visible are the many chemical and electromagnetic pollutants that contribute to obesity - the latter by interfering with metabolism.
Author Katie Singer (dot com) has documented a long list of mineral extraction pollution and energy drain resulting from our wireless dependence - see her fantastic brochures online. Each generation of wireless has required more energy, and 5G is said to steal 60 times the amount of hard-wired connections. 5G supports exponential new uses for technology, from the Internet of Things to AI - which means exponential draw on energy.
According to Dr. Livio Guiliani, PhD, Director of Research for the Italian Health National Service and spokesperson for ICEMS (dot edu), we forget that wireless, like the sun, is non-ionizing radiation capable of warming. Dr. Guiliani is concerned the FCC's authorization to cover the world with satellites will mean heating of the air equivalent to the sun:
If they will succeed in covering more than 95% of lands, and if they will exceed only 30% more than IEEE and ICNIRP reference levels for microwaves with regards to ordinary people, we'll have a cover of almost all lands at 13 W/kg. Indeed reference level of IEEE and ICNIRP for people and microwaves is 10 W/Kg.
But 13 W/kg is 1% of the solar constant (1,3 kW/sqm).
Half of the solar constant is reflected, a quarter supply the cycle of water. The residual energy is absorbed by deserts and earth surface. Only 1% is exploited by biosphere.
They (FCC, Ellon Musk and Co.) want to pour on the earth the same quantity of energy that the sun releases to our biosphere.
While ONU debates around the greenhouse effect (which will keep a part of the released energy from satellites upon lands)...
We need interim exposure limits based on PP - 0,1 W/sqm as in some Countries of Europe and in Russia, or less - and interim quality standards based on ALARA - 1 mW/sqm, as in the Resolution of Salzburg (2000), or less- and interim limits for occasional exposures (not valid for earth cover from sky) deduced from the thermal threshold, having applied a safety factor equal to 100 (as in IRPA Guidelines 1989, instead 50 as in IEEE, 1992, or ICNIRP, 1998, standards), recognizing the thermal threshold at 2 W/Kg. Thus we could have occasional exposure limits like global exposure limits in China (or less, if we consider the thermal threshold for drugs-dependent people at 1 W/Kg as early Jones suggested; on the contrary today some researcher is encouraged to propose new higher thermal threshold in order to increase current limits: F Adibzadeh, M M Paulides, G C van Rhoon. SAR thresholds for electromagnetic exposure using functional thermal dose limits. Int J Hyperth 34 (8), 1248-1254, 2018). Otherwise electrosmog will be not only a health hazard but also an environmental and climate hazard!
5G increases the ability of dictators to conduct surveillance and minute controls. This can be seen in China, which has a surveillance system united with social credit points - perceived enemies of the state and their families are denied access to good schools, fun, travel, etc., via lockstep tracking.
5G also increases ability of stalkers, domestic abusers, and criminals to track or hack, the latter through a larger 5G attack surface and from increasing use for systems such as driverless cars.
The ability to conduct covert surveillance is possible just from use of WiFi. MocoSafeG recently shared a guide discussing how from a distance or outside a home researchers could identify keystrokes, location, words (lipreading), and number of persons. The technology for this is improving and can be expected to soon be accessible to many criminals. 5G, be emitting a strong signal, will make this type of covert surveillance easy.
Radiation from the sun, from electricity, from wireless, is electromagnetic radiation and can be referred to as:
EMR = electromagnetic radiation, including all types of radiation, from gamma rays to electricity. EMR can be further divided into different frequency bands of EMR from extremely low frequency to gamma rays, and includes microwaves, shortwaves, and radiowaves which are commonly used for wireless communications.
RFR = radiofrequency radiation, including EMR from 0 hertz to 300 GHz, which is NOT X-rays, gamma rays, and other high-energy EMR.
EMF = fields of radiation emitted which can include all EMR or, as is often the case, mean low frequency EMR, sometimes called power frequencies (electricity), which have a magnetic field and electrical field that can be separated unlike higher frequencies.
Electromagnetic sensitivity - a term with many different variations, from microwave illness to electrosensitivity, and which means that an individual senses reduced wellbeing, often illness, in the presence of certain EMR frequencies.