It has come to our attention that ARPANSA has made a number of statements relating to misinformation about Australia’s 5G network on their website, our assessment you can download below. One needs to question who is actually providing misinformation? First, we have a sub-standard technical report (TRS-164) where ARPANSA failed to do a proper assessment of the science and didn’t even use their own database of papers to review the range of bio-effects that ORSAA has identified. This was followed by a measurement report for NSW education on typical RF power density levels in classrooms. The measurement survey was conducted in classrooms in the absence of students or a classroom full of active computers with Wi-Fi enabled. More recently, ARPANSA has released an ecological report that showed no increase in brain cancers but had omitted the over 59 age group, which is of course the group likely to have used mobile phones the longest. In both the UK and Denmark this age group saw a large rise in brain cancers. Could ARPANSA be “cherry picking" their data in order to get a desired outcome that supports their outdated and irrelevant RF standards?
The presentation, given at "The International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Workshop on 5G, EMF & Health, Poland on December 5, 2017" concluded that with increased human exposure levels from 5G antennas, EMF exposure compliance in some nations will be difficult. To quote: “In countries with EMF limits significantly below the international science-based ICNIRP limits the roll-out of 5G networks will be a major problem”
A campaign to educate the public on 5G was further supplemented by an ABC employee, Dr Karl, who is also delivering misinformation on public radio. Industry and Government must be getting desperate if they have to rely on media personalities to deal with mounting public concern on 5G. Dr Karl rolled out the overused statement that an RF photon does not have sufficient energy to break covalent bonds or dislodge electrons from the outer shell of the atom and so therefore cannot damage DNA. This might sound like good physics but is poor biology. RF radiation, as documented in over 200 peer reviewed scientific papers, causes oxidative stress which in turn can most definitely cause DNA damage but you don’t necessarily need DNA damage to cause cancer. We all know that chronic inflammation, immune and autoimmune disease can also cause cancer, RF exposure has been linked to immune system effects.
Besides the health issue associated with 5G, there are also a number of issues related to security and surveillance that also need consideration.
James Corbett’s documentary is a good summary.
Another concern that has been expressed relates to the amount of power that will be required to drive these “smart” cities
In Australia we are already experiencing energy guarantee problems. Estimates suggest 5G will potentially increase the load by a factor of four.
Although we all appreciate the convenience that wireless technology brings the rollout of 5G massive multiple input and multiple output (MIMO) technology is occurring with complete disregard to potential health impacts this technology is likely to bring to not only humans but all life. Users are asking what will be the health impact and getting no answers.
Industry argues with MIMO technology the more personalised the exposure will become and statistical modelling shows by-stander exposure will be less. However, as the BIPT report 2017 shows with increased bandwidth and data rates the higher the antenna power required. In a crowded situation unless the beams are pin-point accurate to the connected user bystanders will be exposed. With almost no real-time long-term monitoring taking place before and after installations this is just another throw away statement. We should be encouraging mandatory real-time monitoring in a number of frequency bands so the public can have confidence in these sort of statements of reassurance. Currently EME reports are based on simplistic calculations for maximum power output of a base station.
It seems with each new rollout of this technology we lose a little of what it takes to be human and continue to have complete disregard for the environment. I note that some schools have banned smart phones on campus so that students spend more time interacting with one another, that is, being more social and caring humans.
Make no mistake this is just the beginning and the plan for 6G is being dreamed up right now. A Vision of 6G Wireless Systems: Applications, Trends, Technologies, and Open Research Problems.
Vic Leach (Newsletter editor and Database Administrator)