Posts Tagged ‘Mobile phone dangers’

Court ruling allows regulation of cell towers

November 13, 2008

Bad news!

Court ruling allows regulation of cell towers

A federal appeals court reversed itself Thursday and said cities and counties can regulate the location and appearance of wireless towers and poles, a ruling that could revive a dormant San Francisco ordinance.
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld San Diego County’s limits on the placement, size and design of towers and poles that are needed for companies to provide cell phone service and wireless Internet connections. The court also voted 11-0 to discard a standard it had established in 2001 that barred local governments from adopting any restrictions that “may have the effect of prohibiting” wireless services.
Federal courts in the nine-state circuit have relied on the 2001 ruling to overturn restrictions on telecommunications structures in several communities, including San Francisco and Berkeley. The court said Thursday that it had misinterpreted federal law when it issued the earlier ruling, and that local governments can regulate wireless towers and poles as long as they don’t actually prohibit wireless service within their borders or create a “significant gap in service coverage.”
San Diego County’s 2003 ordinance was intended to keep unsightly structures out of neighborhoods. It required poles to be camouflaged in residential areas, set height limits, required companies to submit a “visual impact analysis,” and allowed a zoning board to deny an application if it was inconsistent with the character of the community. Two courts had overturned the ordinance, based on the 2001 appellate standard, before Thursday’s ruling reinstated it.

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More Cell Phone Cancer Correlation

November 4, 2008

More Cell Phone Cancer Correlation

More Cell Phone Cancer Correlation

By Conor | November 2, 2008

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A major concern here at GreenTaxi is the long term risk of cell phones causing cancer or any other risk to our bodies.  Walking around all day with a device sending out radio waves directly into our head seems like it must be a risk of some sort longer term.

We’ve discussed this previously and continue to wait for the WHO’s massive study results if and when they are ever released.  But any new research or opinions are always interesting.

An article out of a Baltimore TV station reports on views from a leading oncologist who has been studying this for a while.  I do not think her findings are anything new, but some of the points the article brings up in regards to the use of cellphones by children are particularly scary.

Davis said it takes 10 years for most brain cancers to develop. Pictures from cell phone companies show the electromagnetic signal goes about two inches into the adult brain — halfway through the brain of a 10-year-old and completely through the brain of a 5-year-old. Yet children are one of the fastest growing markets for cell phones.

Davis said children’s’ brains are the most vulnerable.

“Many children sleep with them under their pillow on vibrate, so the signal gets right into their head while they’re sleeping,” she said.

Studies out of Sweden are pointing to risk in youths using cellphones for more than 10 years.  Sweden has been using cellphones actively for more than 20 years, so their data goes back a bit more than other countries.

An epedimiologist there, “has told colleagues that he has findings that people who started to use cell phones as teens, by the time they reached their late 20s, had five times more gliomas.”

Please keep your eye out for further studies and information.  I will continue to post anything I can find here.

from: Green Taxi