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Report- Cell Phones, Internet, and Radiation

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susan_harr6 years ago

The entire European continent may soon see mandatory restrictions on mobile phone use and access to wireless internet in schools, the British Medical Journal is reporting. Based on a report outlining the potential dangers of radiation from electromagnetic fields, the European Council has recommended new restrictions to protect young children.

About the Report

  • Drafted by Luxembourg Socialist MP Jean Huss
  • Explores the potential dangers of electromagnetic fields and their effect on the environment
  • Calls for a series of measures to protect exposure- especially in children and young people
  • Makes a recommendation to the Council of Europe
  • The recommendation was adopted as a resolution by the Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly on May 27, 2011

Report Highlights

  • “There is sufficient evidence of potentially harmful effects of electromagnetic fields on fauna, flora and human health to react and to guard against potentially serious environmental and health hazards.”
  • “The precautionary principle and the right to a healthy environment, particularly on behalf of children and future generations, must be key factors in all economic, technological and social development of society.”

Cell Phones and Radiation

The World Health Organization (WHO) is also actively investigating the potential risks of cell phone use. Findings include:

  • There are an estimated 4.6 billion mobile phone subscriptions globally.
  • The electromagnetic fields produced by mobile phones are classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as possibly carcinogenic to humans.
  • Possible health effects include tissue heating in the brain and increased risk of tumors.
  • Studies are ongoing to more fully assess potential long-term effects of mobile phone use.
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