Antigua: Toenemende bezorgdheid over de gezondheidsaspecten van draadloze technologie.

dinsdag, 24 mei 2011 - Categorie: Berichten Internationaal

In de hele wereld neemt de bewustwording over de gezondheidsaspecten van draadloze technologie toe. Zoals op Antigua, waar regelmatig uitgebreide informatie gegeven wordt door nieuws portals:

Bron: The Caribarena Antiqua 23 mei 2011

Are We Living in a Microwave?

Antigua St John's - How many cell phone towers have you seen in Antigua? Ten... maybe 20? A recent study has found almost 100 individual cell phone towers/antennas located throughout our 108-sq mile island. This means that on average, there is one tower for every 1.1 sq miles.

The average cell phone tower can cover between five to 10 sq miles. With all the global controversy surrounding the potential health risks associated with cell phone towers, what do these numbers mean for the population of Antigua?

What kind of danger are we in? What standard is being applied to our cell phone towers? Who is responsible for regulating cell phone towers in Antigua & Barbuda, and ensuring that they meet a safe standard? How close should you be living to one of these towers? Does the government have a department to regulate this? engaged a private company to analyze and measure the cell phone towers in Antigua, and the findings are astonishing. The company used special equipment to measure all frequencies and their respective strengths around the island. After three weeks of measurements and mapping of antennas and cell phone towers, these are some of the results.

The safe limit used throughout this article, as recommended by the IEMFA’s Seletun Scientific Panel, is approximately 0.000017 milliwatts per centimeter squared mW/cm2. Interested in what this limit means?

When contacted the Telecommunications division, we discovered that in Antigua & Barbuda, there is no regulation of cell phone towers. According to Clement Samuel, officer within the Telecommunications Division, the existing standard is from 1951, and does not regulate cell phone towers. He added that there was a draft telecommunication bill ready in 2007, but it never reached Parliament.

Wireless Road
When we measured the EMF (Electro-Magnetic Field) readings on Wireless Road, we found readings with an average strength 16 times stronger than the recommended safe limit.

Studies have shown that readings above the recommended safe limit could result in adverse health conditions, such as leukemia, brain tumours, Alzheimer’s, ALS, sperm damage, and DNA strand breaks, which may appear after five to 10 years of exposure.

According to Samuel, the last measurement of EMFs was done in 2008. “We do not have in Antigua, let’s say, automatic frequency measurements and power measurements in place,'' he said. ''We have looked at it, but it’s something that is cost prohibited for us at this time. We did some very extensive stuff. We had a group here from the US we worked with. The last stage of what we’ve done would have been I think 2008, 2009. We had a team come down from, I think it was from NASA, and they scanned across the whole island.”

Another, even more powerful EMF was discovered at Urlings Primary School, where readings were 16 to 32 times stronger than the safe limit. These readings came from a cell phone tower which was just metres from the school’s main entrance.

One of the strongest readings on the island was discovered in front of Antigua Plumbing and Hardware, where readings were 46 times the safe limit, on average.

Another school, Island Academy, is also blanketed by cell phone tower EMFs, with readings averaging 18 times the safe limit. Another powerful EMF was found in Golden Grove, with readings 20 times the safe limit in a populated residential area.

These are only a few examples of the risky cell phone towers that we found. Almost all 100 towers/antennas that were discovered by our study are significantly over the recommended safe limit.

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