The World Health Organization (WHO) commenced the International EMF Project in 1996 to investigate health and environmental effects of electromagnetic fields between 0 and 300 GHz. Australia is one of the participants in the Project and contributes financially to it.
Rather than exposing the truth about non-ionising radiation, the Project stands accused of being an industry pawn. This makes the findings of a recent report, by the WHO International EMF Project South African reporting and advisory body, all the more telling.
The South Africa – National Report 2021 states that in South Africa, ‘the capacity of EMF to affect biological functions has been investigated and confirmed in reviews of the Ombudsman, Commission, Magistrate, and High Court’. The report stresses the need for interventions to overcome the difficulties faced by people with disabilities, stating that this strategy shows promise not only for people with EHS complaints, but also has benefits in other spheres.
Radiofrequency emissions from smart meters are also discussed. The report promotes the installation of hard-wired smart meters and mentions the benefits, such as increased data security, of this approach.
Points made in regard to current research include the statement that ‘Radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) were shown to induce oxidative stress in cell cultures and in animal studies’, followed by an overview of the damage that this can lead to, including genome instability, impaired cognitive function and decreasing fertility.
The unusually large weak spot in the Earth’s magnetic field, called the South Atlantic Anomaly, is also noted. The report points out that particle radiation in this region can ‘knock out onboard computers and interfere with the data collection of satellites that pass through it’.
As stated in the report, EMF represents one of the most common and fastest growing environmental influences and – depending on the context – this can result in notably positive or negative effects.