WHO’s conflicting stance on risk needs strengthening, say 190 scientists
May 11, 2015 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
–( BUSINESS WIRE)–Today 190 scientists from 39 nations submitted an appeal to the United Nations, UN member states and the World Health Organization (WHO) requesting they adopt more protective exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technology in the face of increasing evidence of risk. These exposures are a rapidly growing form of environmental pollution worldwide.
The ” International EMF Scientist Appeal” asks the Secretary General and UN affiliated bodies to encourage precautionary measures, to limit EMF exposures, and to educate the public about health risks, particularly to children and pregnant women.
The Appeal highlights WHO’s conflicting positions about EMF risk. WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified Radiofrequency radiation as a Group 2B “Possible Carcinogen” in 2011, and Extremely Low Frequency fields in 2001. Nonetheless, WHO continues to ignore its own agency’s recommendations and favors guidelines recommended by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). These guidelines, developed by a self-selected group of industry insiders, have long been criticized as non-protective.
“International exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields must be strengthened to reflect the reality of their impact on our bodies, especially on our DNA. The time to deal with the harmful biological and health effects is long overdue. We must reduce exposure by establishing more protective guidelines.”
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Announcement from the International EMF Alliance
Request to NGOs worldwide to support the
International EMF Scientist Appeal to the United Nations
The International Electromagnetic Field Alliance (IEMFA) has received a statement of support for the International EMF Scientist Appeal submitted to the United Nations on May 11, 2015, from 70 NGOs in 14 countries. See the Appeal at: www.emfscientist.org
To date, 190 scientists from 39 nations have signed the International EMF Scientist Appeal. Each has published peer-reviewed research on biological or health effects of non-ionizing radiation, including extremely low frequency fields (ELF) used for electricity or radio frequency radiation (RFR) used for wireless communications.
These EMF scientists are raising serious concerns regarding the risks for humankind and nature from ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF sources (electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation) generated by electric and wireless devices from electrical power sources and the global wireless communications infrastructure. These scientists recognize that current international EMF exposure guidelines do not protect against long-term exposure or low-intensity effects, are insufficient to protect the health of humankind, and do not take into account the risks for all other biological organisms. The Appeal calls upon the United Nations (UN) and all member States in the world to encourage the World Health Organization (WHO) to exert strong leadership in fostering the development of more protective EMF guidelines and to take precautionary measures to reduce EMF exposure conditions.
Organizations who have chosen to support this International EMF Scientist Appeal will be posted with the NGO letter of support on the IEMFA website along with the Appeal, when it is released. See: www.iemfa.org
You can add your organization to this list by contacting Janet Newton, President of The EMR Policy Institute in the United States, at: JNewton@emrpolicy.org
International Electromagnetic Field Alliance
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