The following message from Frans van Velden suggests some very interesting “community based” research that could be done by community groups such as “Mast Sanity” in the U.K. and “Tower Sanity” in Australia, just to name two.
In schools, homes and workplaces that have WiFi (WLAN) systems installed. Install a caged canary in the same room to see what happens over a period of weeks. Then shield to cage for the same amount of time, as well as equal time moved well away from the area. This could make for an excellent school project for school science classes. Several previous messages on this list have mentioned high-school innovative science projects. If you know of a school that might be interested, pass it on!
And why not similar for wireless office spaces. Perhaps in Australia the OH&S people at the ACTU could invest in some canaries.
And canaries are a lot cheaper than a spectrum analyzer!
Canary bird recovers from mobile phone mast exposure
14 Aug 2005
From: Frans van Velden ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Birds suffer from biological effects of GSM, 3G (UMTS), DECT, WIFI, TETRA
August 14, 2005
Nijkerk (The Netherlands) – The canary bird of H. in Nijkerk has not sung for almost eight months. He was pecking his skin and loosing feathers. The day after his cage was protected against the radiation of a GSM antenna mast at 50 metres distance, the bird started to make noise again and even produced some trills. Ten days after, he sits proudly on his stick and does not loose his feathers anymore.
The cage is in the living room. In this room, experts of Telecom Agency of the ministry of Economic Affairs of The Netherlands measured 1,14 V/m (ca. 3000 mikroWatt/m2) for GSM 1800 MHz. The cage has been protected by fine metal mesh and aluminium foil at the bottom. Visitors think it’s pathetic, but the bird is doing better thanks to the protection. He sings many times and a few days ago he has been heard singing in the early morning as well.
The owner of the canary bird has serious health problems himself. They started when a GSM 1800 MHz mast was installed on top of a building opposite of his home. The heating, television and other devices with electronic parts gave a lot of troubles. When H. stays for a few days in a place without high frequency radiation, most of his complaints disappear and the others are reduced to a bearable level.
The experiment with the canary bird shows that health problems caused by mobile phone radiation are not psychological primarily, since a bird can not be anxious about an antenna installation. The cage is still in the same position and without draught. There has been no change in taking care of this bird. The recovery of the canary can be explained only by the reduction of the intensity of the GSM mobile phone mast radiation (DECT telephones are removed and wireless computers absent). The intensity inside the cage is about 0,5 microWatt/m2 after protection.
Canary birds were once used in coal mines to check the quality of the air. When a canary died, the workers had to escape from the mine immediately. The experiment with the canary in The Netherlands shows that birds are ‘sensitive’ as well for the electromagnetic radiation of mobile communication systems, including DECT-telephones and wireless networks. In fact this should not amaze anybody, since many scientific research has found biological (‘non-thermal’) effects of radiofrequency radiation in humans, animals and plants.
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