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Ministry of Science & Tech to study impact of mobile tower radiation

Updated: Jun 14, 2013 01:35:21pm
New Delhi, Jun 14 (KNN) To address concerns about cell tower radiation and its ill-effect on human health and environment, the Ministry of Science and Technology is planning to conduct a study on impact assessment of electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation exposure from mobile towers and handsets on life and ecology.

In this context, the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) jointly with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has decided to fund, in campaign mode, research proposals on the impact assessment of EMF radiations from cell phones towers and mobile handsets.

Earlier, according to some media reports, the department of telecom and cell phone operators had claimed that there was insufficient scientific evidence to prove that "exposure to radiation" from cell phone towers could adversely impact human health and ecology.

Regardless, cell towers hold antennas and other communications equipment that flood the area for miles around with powerful high frequency radio waves, also known as microwaves to support the use of cell phones as well as wi-fi, wireless LANs, networks, Bluetooth supported devices, and more.

The International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry Worldwide estimates there are over three billion cell phone users. The dangers of microwave radiation from cell towers (as well as satellite dishes) is being examined and debated and studied all over the world.

On the other hand, the negative health effects of EMFs and microwave radiation are well known.  According to the studies, artificial frequencies higher than 10 hertz can create stress and serious health problems.

Research indicates that the human body itself is electromagnetic, at a very low level—around 10 hertz and each one of the cells has its own EMF. Thus, maintaining the balance in those cellular EMFs is critical to staying healthy.

Cell phone tower wavelengths, microwaves have a significantly higher frequency than even radio waves. The higher the frequency, the more powerful the wave—and the more powerful effect on biological organisms.

These higher energy waves can even destroy chemical and molecular bonds, creating chaos in the basic biochemical structures. 

Mobile towers are sometimes installed on the tops of buildings. They are especially dangerous because they emit microwaves at a frequency of 1900 MHz.  Recent studies have shown that the intense radioactivity from mobile phone towers adversely impacts every biological organism within one square kilometre.

The same may apply to radio masts, the smaller versions of cell towers, often seen on rooftops and billboards, typically installed 800-1300 feet apart.

Some of the most powerful cell tower installations are on mountains and hilltops outside of urban areas. These EM fields have impacted humans, animals as well as the ecological balance. Studies of people and farm animals living around high voltage wires point to extreme hazards of living up up-close to a powerful electromagnetic field (EMF) - exhibiting everything from stress and sleep disorders to birth defects, cancer and Alzheimer’s.  

EMFs from cell phone towers are impossible to escape, but one can protect himself with laboratory-proven safe space products.

India’s permissible limit for radiation levels from mobile phone towers is 900 times higher than the safe limit of 0.5 milliwatts per square metre, suggests a global report on health risks from exposure to wireless technology radiation, which was released on Sunday.

The Bioinitiative 2012 report is brought out by 29 independent scientists and health experts from across 10 countries, including India, Sweden, Italy, US and Russia. This is the second edition of the report, which was first published in 2007.

Last year, India lowered its radiation emission limits for mobile phone towers to 450 milliwatts/sq m from 4,500, but as per the report, the levels are still too high. Studies have detected biological effects when radiation level touches between 0.03 and 0.5 milliwatts/sq m, the report states. “Researchers report headaches, concentration and behavioural problems in children; sleep disturbances, headaches and concentration issues in adults.”

The report said most safety standards are too high to protect even healthy populations. (KNN)


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