The Collaborative on Health and the Environment, February 16, 2016
In a teleconference on February 16, 2016, sponsored by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Dr. Joel Moskowitz, Director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, discussed new research related to wireless technology, public health and the implications for policy.
As wireless technologies, particularly cellphones, become ever more ubiquitous in our culture and communication systems, researchers have been asking the question: what, if any, impact is there from this technology on our health? Research has been conducted concerning wireless technology and cancer, reproductive health, fetal development, children's health and electromagnetic sensitivities, to name a few areas of concern.
In May of 2015 more then 200 scientists signed an appeal which was submitted to the United Nations, WHO, and UN Member States. All of these scientists have published peer-reviewed papers on the biological or health effects of non-ionizing radiation, part of the EMF spectrum that includes Extremely Low Frequency fields (ELF) used for electricity, or Radio Frequency radiation (RFR) used for wireless communications. The International EMF Scientist Appeal calls upon the United Nations, the WHO, UNEP and the UN Member States to:
- address the emerging public health crisis related to cell phones, wireless devices, wireless utility meters and wireless infrastructure in neighborhoods; and
- urge that the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) initiate an assessment of alternatives to current exposure standards and practices that could substantially lower human exposures to non-ionizing radiation.
Joel M. Moskowitz, PhD, Director, Center for Family and Community Health, UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Moskowitz is an associate producer of the movie “Mobilize: A Film about Cell Phone Radiation”. His website is a valuable resource for journalists and the public. In the past year, he helped organize the International EMF Scientist Appeal (EMFScientist.org) signed by more than 200 EMF scientists and consulted on the Berkeley cell phone “right to know” ordinance.
Moderator: Antoinette Stein, PhD, National Coordinator, CHE EMF Working Group