Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Environmental Impact Assessment in South Africa / The Sensitivity of Children to Electromagnetic Fields / Tied to Decline of Birds / What's Killing Birds / How much / Beaked whales / Radiation

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16 March 2011

Environmental Impact Assessment

Dear All,

Attached, is the letter I sent to the South African Government on behalf of the Foundation, for the reintroduction of the Environmental Impact Assessment, for base stations and antennas.

Best regards

Tracey-Lee Dorny.


The Sensitivity of Children to Electromagnetic Fields

Leeka Kheifets, PhD*, Michael Repacholi, PhD

, Rick Saunders, PhD, Emilie van Deventer, PhD

Department of Epidemiology, University of California School of Public Health, Los Angeles, California

Radiation and Environmental Health, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

"Consistent epidemiologic evidence of an association between childhood leukemia and exposure to extremely low frequency (ELF) magnetic fields has led to their classification by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a "possible human carcinogen." Concerns about the potential vulnerability of children to radio frequency (RF) fields have been raised because of the potentially greater susceptibility of their developing nervous systems; in addition, their brain tissue is more conductive, RF penetration is greater relative to head size, and they will have a longer lifetime of exposure than adults."

Published online August 1, 2005
PEDIATRICS Vol. 116 No. 2 August 2005, pp. e303-e313 (doi:10.1542/peds.2004-2541)

For the full paper :

Please note who the authors are !

Best regards


Note - At least three of the above named scientists often tell the public and press that electro magnetic radiation is safe. This is an important document because it shows that they have previously been involved in research which shows clearly that EMR is very dangerous to children and young persons. To my knowledge they have not been warning the public about this danger. The question is - WHY?

Martin Weatherall


Cell Phone Radiation Possibly Tied to Decline of Birds in Southern India

Cell phone radiation is leading to bird deaths and a decrease in their population in the Dharmapuri region of India's Tamil Nadu state.

See the news video at:


Mona / Iris


What's Killing Birds All Over North America?



How much has your hydro bill jumped lately?

Here in Ontario, there's been a ton of posturing over the state of hydro bills.


Beaked whales 'scared' by navy sonar

Page last updated at 22:14 GMT, Monday, 14 March 2011


Beaked whales are disturbed by naval sonar, according to scientists.

A new study suggests that the whales are particularly sensitive to unusual sounds.

Measuring their reactions to both simulated sonar calls and during actual naval exercises, researchers found the whales fell silent and moved away from the loud noises.

The use of sonar for naval communication has been linked to beaked whales stranding in the past.

Scientists from the University of St Andrews, Scotland have been working with marine experts from around the world to investigate how sonar affects beaked whales in the Bahamas.

Beaked whales are an elusive group of small whales named for their elongated snouts.

"We showed that the animals reacted to the sonar sound at much lower levels than had previously been assumed to be the case."

Professor Ian Boyd

However, they are probably best known for their connection to the possible risks that naval sonar poses to marine mammals.

For example, in 2000 and 2002, large groups of beaked whales stranded and died.

Naval exercises involving sonar communication were taking place nearby on both occasions, raising concerns that the whales' deaths were directly linked to the mid-frequency signals.

In their study, published in the journal PLoS One, researchers focussed on waters around the US Navy's Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center.

Blainville's beaked whales (Mesoplodon densirostris) have been identified foraging in the area by the navy's acoustic monitoring equipment, used for listening to signals from submarines.

The scientists listened to the group of whales using these hydrophones - underwater microphones.

[recording here on the website]

During live sonar exercises by the US Navy, the whales stopped making their clicking and buzzing calls, which they are thought to use to navigate and communicate.

"Results... indicate that the animals prematurely stop vocalisations during a deep foraging dive when exposed to sonar. They then ascend slowly and move away from the source, but they do resume foraging dives once they are farther away," said David Moretti, Principal Investigator for the US Navy.

Using tags attached to the whales, the team was also able to track their movements with satellites.

They found that the whales moved up to 16km away from the area during sonar tests and did not return for three days.


It was clear that these whales moved quickly out of the way of the [navy] sonars. We now think that, in some unusual circumstances, they are just unable to get out of the way and this ends up with the animals stranding and dying," said Professor Ian Boyd, chief scientist on the research project.

To further understand the whales' behaviour, the team also played simulated sonar calls to the whales, including the calls of killer whales.

The beaked whales showed the same avoidance behaviour in response to these calls.

"It appears that they just don't like unusual sounds. But the way in which sonars are used to hunt for submarines may mean that the whales are more vulnerable to that type of sound," said Prof Boyd.


Sonar stands for SOund Navigation And Ranging

In their tests, the US navy used active sonar - emitting pulses of sound and using the echoes to calculate the location of other vessels

Animals such as bats and dolphins use echolocation in the same way to navigate their surroundings

They are known to emit high-frequency calls but this is the first time anyone has proven that they react to mid-frequency sounds.

"We showed that the animals reacted to the sonar sound at much lower levels than had previously been assumed to be the case," said Prof Boyd.

"Perhaps the most significant result from our experiments is the extreme sensitivity of these animals to disturbance."



Mild radiation sickness can simulate EHS

Dear Friends,

Seems that with the Japan nuclear radiation issue in the top of the news, it may be a good time to discuss the symptoms of radiation sickness with the media. There is mild radiation sickness and severe radiation sickness from nuclear radiation, and some of the milder radiation sickness can simulate symptoms of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS).

I spent some time a long time back researching what had happened to the people in the area of the Chernobyl nuclear radiation disaster --- former Soviet Union. The Russians had more information about EHS and nuclear radiation health issues than anywhere else I looked. Some of the people in the Chernobyl area were still trying to live in a nuclear toxic area and had chronic long term symptoms.

The way I heard it, the World Health Organization (WHO) had known of their health problems, but dismissed them as not being related to the nuclear radiation. Keep your prayers up,

Lucinda Grant

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