Council of Europe (47 member states/countries, NOT part of EU) just adopted resolutions on May 27, 2011 by PACE (their Parliamentary Assembly – Council of Europe) to call for precautionary principle, warn against EMF, cell phones and Wi-Fi, especially for children, pregnant women and babies. Considers ICNIRP (WHO) Standard to have “serious limitations” and calls for reconsideration of the scientific basis of that standard. Recognizes EHS as valid disability. http://assembly.coe.int/ASP/NewsManager/EMB_NewsManagerView.asp?ID=6685
The European Union (EU) (27 members states/countries): http://europa.eu/about-eu/institutions-bodies/index_en.htm adopted 2 resolutions (at near-unanimous votes) in Sep 2008 and Apr 2009 to call for precautionary principle, warn against EMF, cell phones and Wi-Fi, especially for children, pregnant women and babies. They called ICNIRP (WHO) standard “obsolete”. Recognizes EHS as valid disability.
European Commission (Also part of EU) has an “independent” committee called Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) which published a report in 2007 http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/committees/04_scenihr/docs/scenihr_o_007.pdf saying there’s no evidence of harm by EMF and, again, published an updated statement in 2009 to repeat the same opinion http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2009-2720&language=DA
Important to note that Prof. Anders Ahlbom was the Chair of SCENIHR in 2006/2007 when that report was published, and he was still an expert member of the committee in 2009 when the opinion was “updated”. Recent findings disclosed that Prof. Anders Ahlbom has a serious conflict of interest which was not declared. His brother Gunnar Ahlbom was working in the telecom industry since 1998 and since 2006 was contracted by a lobbying organisation for the telecom industry. The two brothers also have shared business interest in the same company Gunnar Ahlbom AB company (since 2010). This revelation has recently caused Prof. Anders Ahlbom to be removed as Chair for the WHO’s IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer)
Will these new resolutions be enough to cause school trustees across Canada to take a second look at implementing Wi-Fi in schools? Will it effect the Greater Victoria School District’s decisions? UPDATE: No, it hasn’t been enough. The Provincial Health Officer suggests that this body is too politicized and therefore it’s resolutions cause no need for change.