Pan-European group supports letter of ‘no confidence’ in WHO

Pan-European group supports letter of ‘no confidence’ in WHO

24 January 2017

Dr. E. van Deventer, Team Leader

Radiation Programme Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social

Determinants of Health, World Health Organization

Geneva, Switzerland. Via Email:

International EMF Project. World Health Organization

Avenue Appia 20-1211. Geneva 27, Switzerland. Via Email:

Regional Office for Europe. World Health Organization.

Scherfigsvej 8, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark. Via Email:

Open letter to the WHO

The “European coordination of organizations for an EMF exposure regulation which truly protects public health” expresses its full support for the BioInitiative Working Group Letter to the WHO International EMF Project of 19 December 2016, entitled “WHO RF EHC Core Group Membership is Unacceptable”. In this “No Confidence” Letter, the WHO is urged “to make changes to the WHO RF EHC Core Group membership to more fairly reflect membership and expertise of the 2011 IARC RF Working Group” (seeAnnex 1).

“Newly released animal studies conducted over a 16-year period by the NIEHS National Toxicology Program now report clear carcinogenic effects of chronic exposure to RF.  In June of 2016, the NTP documented statistically significant risks for cancers of the brain and heart, as well as pre-cancerous lesions in animals exposed to RF, but not in control animals. Both human and animal results are now available to incorporate in the RF EHC risk assessment. This important effort can only be assured with a more balanced composition of core participants in the process.  As well, the membership needs to be inclusive of under-represented countries such as Russia, China, India, Turkey, and Iran whose research communities have produced the majority of studies on non-thermal effects of RF in recent years”.

The preponderant presence of members of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection(ICNIRP) reminds us that this organization has steadfastly refused to accept new scientific evidence of potential health risks from non-thermal, low-intensity radiofrequency radiation despite recent scientific advances in knowledge on the subject.

The ICNIRP not only does not guarantee transparency or independence but is known that there are conflicts of interest within it, undermining the impartiality that should govern the regulation of limits on non-ionizing radiation people. Although it is essential that industry be involved and cooperate in this process, industry should not be allowed to bias its processes or conclusions (see Annex 2, report prepared by AVAATE in June 2015 on these conflicts of interest of the ICNIRP)

In 2015, more than 220 scientists from 41 nations that have published peer-reviewed papers on the biological or health effects of non-ionizing radiation, requested the WHO and the UN to protect human and wildlife exposure to such fields. “Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life. These findings justify our appeal to the United Nations (UN) and, all member States in the world, to encourage the World Health Organization (WHO) to exert strong leadership in fostering the development of more protective EMF guidelines, encouraging precautionary measures, and educating the public about health risks, particularly risk to children and fetal development. By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent international public health agency” (see Annex 3, International EMF Scientist appeal, and Annex 4, list of organizations that support it).

We emphasize the need to ensure a high level of transparency, impartiality and plurality of expert assessments on health risks of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF), at all levels of decision, on basis of the WHO rules (point 4.2 of the Regulations for Expert Advisory Panels and Committees, points 2.6 and 4.6 of the Regulations for Study and Scientific Groups, Collaborating Institutions and Other Mechanisms of Collaboration, and articles 44-47 and 67 of the Rules of Procedure of the World Health Assembly), and in line with points 8.5.7 and 8.5.8 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Resolution 1815 (2011) on the potential dangers of electromagnetic fields and their effect on the environment, as well as with the Aarhus Convention (1998) on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters. The implementation of these principles would guarantee not only a pluralistic WHO RF EHC Core Group membership, but also the presentation of alternative scientific interpretations, the “views” of citizens and the presence of relevant groups involved with this issue.

The European Coordination of organizations for an EMF exposure regulation, which truly protects public health, is driving the European Manifesto in Support the ECI in favour of the precautionary regulation of the EMF exposure. Amongst the signatories to this European Manifesto there are scientists, researchers and experts, as well as professional bodies and associations and representatives of civil society organizations (from health advocates, consumers, neighbours, environmentalists, ecologists, labour union, parents of students, people with central sensitization syndromes -electro-hypersensitivity, multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, etc.-, brain tumour patients, concerned citizens and activists associations working in the field of electromagnetic pollution), coming from 26 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Netherlands, Panama, Poland, Portugal, UK, Russia, South Africa, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and USA).

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LG threatens to put Wi-Fi in every appliance it introduces in 2017

LG threatens to put Wi-Fi in every appliance it introduces in 2017

From ARS Technica (Via André Fauteux, éditeur, Magazine La Maison)

Its new fridge includes Amazon’s Alexa and a bunch of cameras.

Andrew Cunningham – 1/5/2017, 6:20 AM


In the past few years, products at CES have increasingly focused on putting the Internet in everything, no matter how “dumb” the device in question is by nature. It’s how we’ve ended up with stuff like this smart hairbrush, this smart air freshener, these smart ceiling fans, or this $100 pet food bowl that can order things from Amazon.

Now that phenomenon is reaching its logical endpoint: during the company’s CES press conference today, LG marketing VP David VanderWaal says that “starting this year” all of LG’s home appliances will feature “advanced Wi-Fi connectivity.” One of the flagship appliances that will make good on this promise is the Smart Instaview Refrigerator, a webOS-powered Internet-connected fridge that among other things supports integration with Amazon’s Alexa service.

Alexa isn’t an inherently bad fit for a refrigerator, which like the Amazon Echo itself can just sit in the corner of your kitchen awaiting your command. The main problem there is that LG hasn’t announced how much this fridge will cost; it’s almost certainly going to be more than the cost of adding an Amazon Echo to your current kitchen setup or even the cost of an Echo plus a new dumb fridge that just sits there and keeps food cold without connecting to your network. SNIP

Read the full article with links here