A group of 250 scientists and researchers has recently signed a petition addressing to the United Nation and the World Health Organisation to stop the use of wireless devices.
We witness new technology being discovered or made every second day. One such technology that is being used widely is wireless devices. The use of wireless devices has become very common over the past couple of years.
Recently it was found that using wireless devices is a cause of concern as using them can cause some serious health issues. It is said that the radiation coming from such devices may lead to cancer.
Every wireless device uses electromagnetic fields (EMF) radiowaves for its current to flow. Based on the reports released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, it has been proved that exposure to high level of EMF is harmful to health.
All devices generate an extremely-low-frequency electromagnetic field (ELF EMF). Cordless phones and their base stations, broadcast antennas, Wi-Fi, and baby monitors, as well as electric devices and infrastructures used in the delivery of electricity, are such devices. The petition includes all such devices and is not limited to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) devices.
The petition states various harmful effects of EMF. The harmful effects include memory loss, neurological disorder, and genetic damages. It can also be harmful to both plant and animal life.
The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) had set certain guidelines for limiting exposure of the electromagnetic field to be used in wireless devices. The set limit is up to 300 GHz. These guidelines are approved and accepted by the WHO and many countries.
However, according to reports, there are several companies which are failing to implement the set guidelines. The petition appeals that steps should be taken to make manufacturers develop safer technology.
In the year 2009, the ICNIRP said in a statement that they were re-establishing the 1998 guidelines as according to them “The scientific literature published during that time provided no evidence of any adverse effects below the basic restrictions and does not necessitate an immediate revision of its guidance on limiting exposure to high-frequency electromagnetic fields.”
The petition requests that there is a need for strengthening and reinforcing the guidelines for protection of public health. The petition also appeals for radiation-free areas to be established. Further to this, the petition also includes an awareness among people about the potential health risks caused by electromagnetic energy.