Australian residents and councils raise health concerns about “small cell” installations

The ABC reported earlier this month that residents in NSW have petitioned for the removal of small cell boxes.  “In a move that experts say will become more common as Australia prepares itself for the 5G rollout, TPG, in conjunction with China’s Huawei, has begun placing the transmitters — roughly the size of two shoe boxes — on power poles across the suburb of Ryde, in Sydney’s north-west.”

PHOTO: The small cell boxes that have begun popping up in Sydney. (ABC News)

The transmitters will initially be used to boost 4G in suburban areas.  Small cell installations are also essential to paving the way for the rollout of 5G.  Residents were not given a say in the matter.

In addition to concerns about health effects, security issues are being raised. “Huawei, which is building the small cell boxes on the 4G network for TPG, is banned from taking part in the rollout of 5G mobile infrastructure over national security concerns.”  It seems ironic that Huawei will, however, already have a foot in the door!

Community concern about small cell deployments is also being voiced in Victoria.

Moonee Valley City Council, in the inner and middle north-western suburbs of Melbourne, unanimously passed a resolution at its October 2018 meeting that calls for the cumulative impacts of microwave frequency technologies to be assessed.  Other items to be actioned included a request that TPG provide written confirmation that it has applied the Precautionary Principle.  See page 8 of the Ordinary Council Meeting Minutes for the full details of its TPG Small Cell Installations resolution.

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), the peak body for Victoria’s 79 councils, also passed a resolution in October regarding small cell installations.  Victorian council representatives at the twice-yearly meeting approved a motion that the “MAV call upon the State Government to lead a review of the cumulative impacts of ‘small cell installations’ on the residential community and, in light of the findings of this review, re-consider the appropriate planning referral process for the installation of small cells.”

If, like SSMA, the rollout of wireless transmitters mounted on power poles appals you, make sure that you raise this with your local council, as well as with Federal authorities.

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Have you seen dead or dying trees near towers or other EMF-emitters?

If so, here’s your chance to help shine a light on the effect that man-made electromagnetic fields (EMF) are having on trees.

The ‘Dead Tree Detective’ citizen science project, which is being run in association with Western Sydney University and the University of New England, gives people Australia-wide the opportunity to report observations of tree death.  The project’s ‘About’ webpage explains that “In the past, there have been many occurrences of large-scale tree death that were initially identified by concerned members of the public such as farmers, bushwalkers, bird watchers or landholders.  Collecting these observations is an important way to monitor the health of trees and ecosystems”.

Let’s take this opportunity.  It may be that anecdotal information linking EMF to tree-death will be given greater weight than the reports of adverse health effects of EMF exposure on humans.  So far there has been deafening silence from Australian health authorities when SSMA has requested smart meter post-rollout health surveillance surveys.

Contributing to the Dead Tree Detective project is easy.  You’ll need to be able to upload your photo/s and give the latitude and longitude coordinates.  If you haven’t got the coordinates, the entry screen gives you the option of marking the location on Google Maps, and they will automatically be inserted.  If the EMF source is a tower, you can also obtain the latitude and longitude coordinates for these from the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s website here.  (If you type in the suburb where the tower is, it will bring up a map showing all the towers and then you can click on the tower you’re interested in to get the latitude followed by the longitude, along with the accuracy.)  You can just load one set of photos or you can revisit the location in later months to document what happens to the tree/s.

You’ll need to register to upload data.  If you like, you can use a pen name, nickname or pseudonym as your login name.  You can also check out the data that other members of the public have already entered.

SSMA suggests that, in addition to recording existing dead or dying trees, you might also like to start taking observations when a tower or other EMF-source is being upgraded, or being installed.  If you are able to take a photo of the infrastructure whilst this is occurring so you have proof of the date for future reference, all the better.  Remember, depending on the topography of the location, the height of the trees and whether there is a line of sight from a tower or other EMF-emitter, it may be trees hundreds of metres away that bear the brunt of the radiation.

If you want to look at the calculated maximum levels of radiofrequency electromagnetic energy (EME) around an existing and/or proposed wireless base station you can obtain an Environmental EME Report.  Go to the Radio Frequency National Site Archive to access.  (You can use the Search function located at the top of the webpage without logging in.)  ARPANSA explains here that these values are calculated at 1.5 metres above a flat landscape (so considerably below the point that trees might be exposed to radiation).

Make sure when you load data on to the Dead Tree Detective that you include in the ‘Additional notes or comments’ box information about the proximity of towers or other EMF-emitters to the tree/s and any information you have obtained about the services that the infrastructure is hosting!

For assistance in recognising visible damage in trees exposed to radiofrequency radiation, download Helmut Breunig’s excellent report, entitled Tree damage caused by mobile phone base stations: An observation guide’.  

For an explanation of why trees are damaged by radiofrequency radiation, see ‘Why Our Urban Trees Are Dying’ by Andrew Goldsworthy, PhD.

Alfonso Balmori Martinez’s paper, The effects of microwaves on trees and other plants, also offers valuable insights.

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Planetary electromagnetic pollution: it is time to assess its impact

A recent paper contends that there is an urgent need to address electrosmog.

Authors of the paper, Dr Priyanka Bandara and Dr David O. Carpenter, point out that radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation experienced by people using various wireless devices has increased exposure by about 10¹⁸ times above natural background levels around the 1 GHz band.  That’s 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 times more exposure just to these frequencies!

An evaluation of 2266 studies in the Oceania Radiofrequency Scientific Advisory Association’s categorised online database found that most studies demonstrated significant biological or health effects associated with exposure to man-made electromagnetic fields.  Evidence also exists that radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation affects flora and fauna.

A coordinated international effort is required to reduce public exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation.

A PDF version of this open access paper can be accessed here.

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FREE Online EMF Summit | 9 – 15 December 2018

Are mobile phones, smart meters, WiFi and other common electronic devices poisoning your environment, harming your children, and causing a long list of serious diseases including cancer?  Thousands of independent studies say yes.  Here’s what you can do about it…

If you missed out on joining in on the EMF Summit in September, here’s another chance to catch some of the outstanding interviews that Lloyd Burrell has put together.

To register for the EMF Health Summit 2018, go here.

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Why is the general public kept misinformed?

    Letters to the Editor, Midland Express
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INTERNATIONAL APPEAL to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space

The International Appeal to the UN, WHO, EU, Council of Europe and governments of all nations urgently calls for a halt to the deployment of the 5G (fifth generation) wireless network, including 5G from space satellites.

“5G will massively increase exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation on top of the 2G, 3G and 4G networks for telecommunications already in place. RF radiation has been proven harmful for humans and the environment. The deployment of 5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law.”

The signatories to this Appeal are scientists, doctors and environmental organisations from every continent who have been working tirelessly for many years to call the world’s attention to an invisible assault on our biosphere.

Everyone — not just scientists and doctors — are now being asked to sign the International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space.

To read the Appeal and sign, go to:

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Petition | Stop Mobile Towers Staining Australia’s World Heritage Landscapes

The saturation of mobile phone towers proposed for Wollumbin (Mount Warning), Border Ranges, Nightcap Ranges, Mullumbimby, Byron Bay and surrounding Hinterlands is staining the integrity of these landscapes.

Mobile phone towers are being placed in environmentally sensitive areas within the calderas and corridors of these magnificent places of complex and ancient biodiversity.

“These rainforests hold half of Australia’s plant species” (National Geographic).

The regions also have significant ongoing cultural and ceremonial heritage for the Bundjalung Nation.

If you support stopping massive towers going up in these World Heritage-listed parks and surrounding landscapes, and would like to sign the petition, go here.

This petition has the support of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE), a professional organisation made up of professors, doctors, scientists and researchers representing 26 countriesISDE supports this petition based on medical evidence and the Precautionary Principle.

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