Mobile Phones & Vanishing Birds. Reduce use of Mobile

Recently when I send SMS to my uncle, he called me up and said, “Contents of your message are very good. You must have sent it to so many persons. Probability is that people will read, some may retain for few days, but hardly any person will change his life. But surely, some birds will left our City! So, minimise use of mobile and like electronic devises, if you love Birds! “.

I also found that number of Mobile Towers and mobiles in Mira Road are multiplied in last one year.

I could not believe that my use of Mobile is the reason behind vanishing of Birds. I wake up in the morning and found that really Sparrows were missing. I could not hear morning song of Sparrows. I remembered, that at least before last monsoon, some sparrows were playing in the ground dust. I could not find any nest of Sparrows in nearby vicinity also. It really cause a pain to me, that my mobile use caused this Specie to leave my town. I also could not found other species of birds except Crows and Pigeons.

I was still not convinced. But I found lot of info on internet based on scientific research concluding that Mobile Radiation was reason behind Vanishing Birds from our Cities. It is normal for me that in any worst circumstances, tears do not come in my eyes. But this time, tears appeared in my eyes.

So, I have decided to minimize use of the Mobile for extreme use. Please, support me if you also love birds!  We cannot do anything more, but this is in our hand.

The articles I found on internet are downloaded with its link in the Comments. If you find any more details, please forward to me or put it in comments.

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6 Responses to Mobile Phones & Vanishing Birds. Reduce use of Mobile

  1. satishsamyak says:

    Mobile Phones & Vanishing Birds
    (http://www.i-sis.org.uk/MPVB.php)
    Birds near mobile phone base stations do not breed well Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

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    Where did all the sparrows go?

    The sparrows have disappeared completely from the cities at least four years ago in Britain, as mobile phones grew in popularity. Third generation (3G) mobile phones were introduced in 2003, and there were over 65 million users in the UK by the end of 2005, more phones than people [1]. Did mobile phone transmitters cause the sparrows to disappear [2]?

    Scientists at the Research Institute for Nature and Forests in Brussels, Belgium, have produced the first evidence that mobile phone base stations are affecting the reproductive behaviour of wild sparrows [3]. This finding comes as mobile phones are held suspect in the massive collapse of bee colonies all over the United States and Europe [4] ( Mobile Phones and Vanishing Bees , SiS 34).

    Joris Everaert and Dirk Bauwens wanted to know if the low intensity microwave radiation from mobile phone base stations has any effect on the number of house sparrows during the breeding season. They identified 150 locations distributed over six residential districts in Gent, Sint and Niklaas in the province of East Flanders, where they counted the number of male house sparrows and measured the strength of electromagnetic radiation from base stations.

    The study areas were similar, with abundant hedges, bushes, and other vegetation between the houses, and one or more GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) base stations nearby. All locations were along small roads within the residential areas and at variable distances from the nearest GSM (mean 352 m, range 91-903 m, about 90 percent at 100-600 m). On days when the weather was favourable, so male sparrows would be out singing, the researchers went to each location between 7 and 11 am, and using binoculars, counted the number of male sparrows within a radius of about 30 m for a period of five minutes.

    Simultaneously, they measured the maximum value of the electric field strength (in V/m) from the GSM 900 MHz and GSM 1800 MHz base station antennas during 2 minutes for each frequency band, using a portable calibrated high-frequency spectrum analyser.

    Everaert and Bauwens found that the number of house sparrow males varied between zero and four at the different locations. The measured electric field strengths were seldom higher than 1V/m, and most often well below that value. Nevertheless, the spatial variation in the number of house sparrow males was negatively and highly significantly correlated to the strength of electric fields from both the 900 and 1800 MHz frequency bands and from the sum of these bands. This negative correlation was very similar within each of the six districts, despite differences in both the number of birds and radiation levels.

    Fewer house sparrow males were seen at locations within relatively high electric field strengths of GSM base stations. For example, the mean number of male sparrows varied from 1.9 at the combined field intensity of 0.13 V/m to 0.8 at a combined field intensity of 0.247 V/m.

    The results, though preliminary, do support the hypothesis that long-term exposure to higher levels of radiation negatively affects the abundance or behaviour of house sparrows in the wild. Fewer males singing would mean less breeding success.

    White storks breeding success plummets near mobile phone transmitters

    Sparrows are not the only wild birds affected. Phone masts were found to actually reduce the breeding success of white storks in Spain.

    Alfonso Balmori, a conservation biologist in Valladolid, Spain, reported a significantly lower number of white stork ( Ciconia ciconia ) fledglings in nests close to mobile phone transmitters compared to nests further away [5].

    To monitor the breeding success of the white stork population, 60 nests were selected and visited from May to June of 2003. The selected nests had similar characteristics. They were located on the roof of churches and buildings inside urban centres in Valladolid. As the cell phone transmitters are everywhere, very few places had zero background intensity. So nests were chosen that were exposed at very high or very low levels of EMR, depending on the distance from the nests to the antennas.

    Thirty nests were located within 200 m of one or several antennae (GSM-900 MHz and DCS-1800 MHz) placed on masts and on the roof of the buildings at a height of 15-30 m. Another 30 chosen were located further than 300 m from any transmitter. The nests were observed with telescopes and the number of young counted. The electric field intensity in V/m was measured.

    The average number of fledgling produced per nest in nests located within 200 m of phone antennae was 0.86 + 0.16. For nests located further than 300 m, the number was 1.6 + 0.14. Twelve nests (40 percent) close to the antennae were without young, as opposed to one nest (3.3 percent) among those further than 300 m.

    The mean electric field of nests within 200 m was 2.36 + 0.82V/m compared to 0.53 + 0.82V/m for nests further than 300 m.

    Balmori also found difference in how the birds behaved close to the phone antennae. Young birds died from unknown causes, and bird couples frequently fought while constructing their nests. Sticks fell to the ground, and the couple failed to make any headway. Some nests were never completed and the storks remained passively in front of the antennae.

    Laboratory studies show bird embryos die when exposed to microwaves

    The observations in urban sparrows and the white stork population suggest that microwave radiation interferes with reproductive behaviour and breeding success, which would have decimated the wild populations. But that’s not the whole story.

    Several million birds of 230 species die each year from collisions with telecommunications masts in the United States during migration [6]. Accidents happen mainly in the night, in fog, or bad weather, when birds might be using the earth’s magnetic field for navigation, and could be seriously disoriented by the microwave radiation from telecommunication masts.

    In the UK, where the allowed radiation level is 20 times higher than in Spain, a decline of several species of urban birds has occurred [2], coinciding with the increasing installation of mobile phone masts.

    Birds are good candidates as biological indicators for low-intensity electromagnetic radiation (EMR); they have thin skulls, their feathers can act as dielectric receptors of microwave radiation, many species use magnetic navigation, they are very mobile and possible psychosomatic effects are absent, as Everaert and Bauwens [3] point out.

    Another important factor is that chicken embryos subjected to the radiation from a cell phone in the laboratory suffered much higher mortalities than non-exposed controls. Some years ago researchers in Russia showed that continuous exposure of the chick embryos during the 21 days of embryonic development resulted in 75 percent of the embryos dying, compared with 16 percent in the controls [7].

  2. satishsamyak says:

    Radiation from mobile towers wipes out birds
    [http://www.noeman.org/gsm/society-magazine-sciences/64965-radiation-mobile-towers-wipes-out-birds.html]
    CHENNAI: Set a bird song as your mobile ringtone. For that may soon be the only way you get to hear from our winged friends — studies show that th
    e increasing number of cell phone towers in cities is bringing down bird population.

    While studies in Spain and Belgium have established the ill-effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted by cell phone masts on birds, a study to be published next month by a team in Panjab University has found that EMR can damage bird eggs and embryos.

    The study, conducted in Chandigarh, is applicable to all Indian cities where cell phone masts are proliferating. Chennai has 4,000 cell phone towers, compared to about 200 in Chandigarh.

    Researchers at the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Coimbatore, say there are enough reasons to attribute bird mortality to such radiation.

    “Cell phones and towers emit a very low frequency of 900 or 1,800 MHz, called microwaves. Studies have found that they can cause thin skulls of chicks and thin egg shells,” says Dhanya R, a researcher at SACON.

    The team at the Centre for Environment and Vocational Studies of Panjab University, headed by RK Kohli, exposed 50 eggs to EMR for durations of five minutes to 30 minutes. “All the 50 embryos were damaged. It’s almost like being microwaved,” Kohli told TOI.

    Chennai-based zoologist Ranjit Daniels says four of the 200-odd Chennai birds — house sparrow (Passer domesticus), redwhiskered bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus), brahmini kite (Haliastur indus) and spotted dove (Streptopelia chinensis) — have virtually disappeared.

    “Birds are known to be sensitive to magnetic radiation. Microwaves can interfere with their sensors and misguide them while navigating and preying,” says Daniels.

    Early in 2005, a friend threw a challenge at R K Kohli, coordinator of Centre for Environment and Vocational Studies, Panjab University: “Can you show me one sparrow on the campus?” Thinking it would be an easy task, Kohli agreed. “I won the bet, but it took me several days,” says Kohli.

    So, when the centre decided to study in December 2005, the impact of electromagnetic radiations (EMR), Kohli decided to include sparrows in the list of organisms that the radiations affect. Three years later, the study found microwaves (300 MHz to 300 GHz) emitted by cell phone towers and handsets responsible for damaging eggs and embryos. And that is just one of the urban factors driving out several species of birds out of the cities.

    Chennai is no exception. According to zoologist Ranjit Daniels, at least four of the 200-odd species of birds of Chennai are fast disappearing. On their way out are house sparrows, redwhiskered bulbuls, brahminy kites and spotted doves.

    “These are birds which have always been around. Now they are nowhere to be seen,” says Daniels, attributing it to an increase in population of rodents which steal eggs, disappearing open grasslands, rising temperature and modern bird-unfriendly architecture. “House sparrows used to live in crevices of buildings. The new glass houses don’t leave any space for them,” he says.

    P A Azeez, senior principal scientist at Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, concurs: “Urban birds have the habit of finding an urban analogue for their wild nests. Pigeons, which are multiplying in large numbers in cities, find ventilators an analogue to their natural rocky confines. Whichever bird finds an analogue survive.” That perhaps explains the case of the disappearing brahminy kites which nest only on very tall trees.

    Azeez also blames the supermarket culture. “Gone are the days of malligai kadais (old provisions stores) where birds came to feed on food grains. Today everything is packaged. The colourful plants in city gardens do not offer enough nectar or fruits for these birds,” he says. His research student Dhanya R adds another cultural dimension to the food scarcity when she notes that bird feeding, once a regular ritual in Tamil Nadu homes, is no longer in vogue.

    Daniels adds an unusual angle when he holds trees planted by urban planners as villains. “Originally, Chennai was a coastal area with bushes suited for several birds. Big trees with large canopies are not suited for birds like the bulbul and sparrows. With the expansion of city, many of these birds are migrating to the suburbs or farther,” he says.

    Since man domesticated chicken some 6,000 years ago, several birds have learnt to share his habitat, but now, modernisation is driving them out. Daniels says the kind of birds will keep changing with the urban habitat.

    “Sparrows might have come to Indian cities only in the last century. The Bible has repeated references of sparrows, indicating that they were in abundance in the Middle East 2,000 years ago. Tamil folklore has reference to chittukuruvi, but the word could mean any small bird,” says Daniels.

    The message: Birds may come and go for a few centuries, which is just a miniscule span in the evolutionary cycle. As cities continue to grow, some birds, mainly scavengers like crows would proliferate at the expense of other birds. Experts may be divided on the reasons for the disappearance of birds, but everyone agrees on one bad news: Once gone, these birds would never be back.

  3. satishsamyak says:

    Cell Tower Radiation [http://www.liveindia.com/news/radiation.html]
    by Rajesh chopra LiveIndia.com
    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought responses from the Centre and the telecom department on a PIL describing the communication towers put up at prominent locations by mobile phone service providers as health hazards, because they emit electromagnetic radiation.
    A Bench comprising Chief Justice Y K Sabharwal and Justices C K Thakker and R V Raveendran issued notices to a host of ministries — including home, defence, communications and information & broadcasting — on the PIL filed by an NGO, Karma Jyot Seva Trust.
    Appearing for the NGO, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said the constant electromagnetic radiation from the communication towers could lead to cancer and also cause neurological, cardiac, respiratory and ophthalmological disorders.

    Stating that there were no government guidelines on the placement of communication towers, the NGO cited a US law prohibiting erection of transmitter towers near schools and residential areas because of the health risk posed
    by them.

    With the massive proliferation of mobile phone users in the country, the service providers were putting up transmitters even on dilapidated buildings and thus posing danger to the residents, it said.
    Cell Tower Radiation : by Rajesh Chopra – LiveIndia.com

    Mobile Tower Grievance Forum
    1,500 in campaign against mobile towers after 4 fall ill
    Delhi seeks Centre`s help to check mobile tower radiation
    Cell Towers Removed
    Radiation City The Tehelka survey
    Mobile Phones and their Harmful Effects
    Mobile towers sealed in Noida
    Electro Magnetic Radiation effects on CITIZENS of INDIA
    Delhi HC Appoints Panel to Probe Harmful Effects of Cell Towers

    Telcos wring hands as cancer bogey brings down signal towers
    ……..Best Protection against Radiation….
    …Cell phone towers are bad for you. Here’s why?…….
    ….What are the Dangers of Living Near Cell Phone Towers?….
    Mobile players oppose regulation on radiation
    People who are living near mobile tower 400-500 metres should get their houses tested for radiation.
    Cellphones, Cellphone Towers Cancer Connection – JNU

    Mobile Towers can damage bird eggs
    Cell Tower Radiation : by Rajesh Chopra – LiveIndia.com
    Now Mumbai facing Radiation
    ABOUT CELL PHONE AND HEALTH, WHAT EVERY BODY MUST KNOW
    Cancer News from John Hopkins

    Adverse Effects
    The remarkable growth of this new technology is receiving public concerns about various ill effects of RF Radiation Exposure, dangers perceived from falling of these towers during earthquake with small little seismographic disturbances. The adverse effects of RF/Microwave Radiations were recognized by the erstwhile USSR and, in fact, the same was used as a weapon to create mental disturbances, instability and high anxiety. The same was utilized by illuminating US Embassy in Moscow with high power Microwave Radiations. (1) Slowly and slowly when the adverse health effects started coming to the notice of medical and radiological scientists certain measures were taken in advanced countries to formulate certain guidelines and to regulate exposure limits within safe levels. The United States FCC had guidelines FCC 56 revised by FCC65. Canadian Government incorporated Safety Code No. 6, European Countries developed ICNIRP and IEEE Guidelines. But, unfortunately, even with such a faster growth, RF Illuminating Towers in Indian cities could not attract attention of the Government of India. The relationship between biological effects and Electromagnetic Exposure has been widely recognized from Epidemiological and experimental studies. The growing use of mobile communication GSM 900/1800, Cordless Telephones etc. in the last decade has introduced concerns about health risks from so called man made electro smog. This Non Ionizing Electromagnetic Radiation Pollution is invisible and in this context it is not detectable by our five senses. Therefore every one tends to have casualness towards personal protection. Since use of these Electromagnetic Radiations is inevitable by the Society, there is a need to devise more comprehensive protection measures. As per the observed NIEMR levels, we in are certainly vulnerable to adverse health effects. Unfortunately ignorance and non-awareness adds to this misery and all of us are accepting this slow poison unknowingly.

    Two Tower on Single roof after just 1st. floor.

    Now three Towers

    The man made Electromagnetic Smog has reached such a level that the RF Radiations have started having ill effects on human health, health of animals, functioning of normal household, medical investigatory equipments and even on food products being consumed by everybody. Thus, the phenomenon is like pollution. So far as we have recognized Water pollution, Air pollution, Noise pollution and now we have to recognize the fact of so called Non-Ionizing EMR Pollution (or RF Radiation Pollution) as a fact of life. Similar actions are required to be taken by concerned governance to control Radiation Pollution so that life becomes healthy.
    Use of RF Safety Solutions – Anti Radiation and Radiation Safe Products like Mobile Accessories, Electronic Accessories, Uniforms, Aprons, Medical Outfits, Fabrics, Paints, Glasses, Window Films for less EMF penetration is highly recommended by various social, scientific organizations these days.

    Vulnerabilities of EMR
    All of us know that we are not allowed to operate Mobile Phones in an aircraft because of the reason of interference of the Radiating RF with the Onboard Systems of the aircraft. It is very unfortunate that same analogy is not applied to the living beings although everybody is vulnerable to this continuous RF Radiations. All of us vulnerable to the ill effects of RF EMR but following are more vulnerable as per the existing scientific studies.

    Risk to Pre Adolescent Children
    They are more at risk than adults (12) because of absorption of Microwaves of the frequency used in Mobile Telephony, which creates an object of the size of child’s head and so called “head resonance” (13). The still developing Nervous System and associated Brain Wave activity in the child are more vulnerable to aggression by pulses of Microwaves used in GSM. The increased mitotic activity in cells of developing children makes them more susceptible to genetic damage.

    Children are at the greatest risk, due to their thinner skulls, and rapid rate of growth. Also at greater risk are the elderly, the frail, and pregnant women. Doctors from the United Kingdom have issued warnings urging children under 16 not to use cell phones, to reduce their exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation.

    Risk to Pregnant Women
    A pregnant woman and the fetus both are vulnerable because of the fact that these RF Radiations continuously react with the developing embryo, increasing cells, because of thermal heat also. When the pregnant ladies either use Mobile Phone or when illuminated with RF Radiations, the developing child can become affected, the developmental mall formation may occur.

    Risk to Human Brain
    Human Brain is the most vulnerable portion to the NIEMR(RFR). Some of the known effects are Neurological effects (14), Increase in ODC (Ornithine De Carboxylase) activity (15), effect on enzymes and free radicals decreasing the brain metabolism (16)

    Risk to Patients Carrying Pace Makers
    The RF Exposure adversely affects implanted Pace Maker and becomes arhythemical. These radiations may stop Pace Maker from delivering pulses in a regular way or may generate some kind of external controlling pulse putting the patient to death.

    Living dangerously an RF Radiation pollution perspective

    The electromagnetic radiations are being utilized as technological enhancements to the mankind all across the world. During first half of the twentieth century harmful effects of radiation (now known as ionizing radiations) became very evident and lots of remedial actions have been taken. In later 20th century when use of electromagnetic spectrum increased for mobile telecommunications, television transmitters, FM Radio Stations and also Mobile Phones themselves threaten significant increase in the RF Level in various cities particularly in densely populated areas. Broadcasting and household remote-controlling, enormous health effects started taking place by non-ionizing radiations. The mobile telecommunication companies in fact mushroomed the cities in every corner of the world with radiating steel towers. In the over-exuberance of the speed of network roll out and covering the full population for a good communication range, they have not only neglected the structural stability, heritage protection and radiation health effects but also put the general public open to the continuous (24×7) exposure of EMR which is leading to permanent effect on human health and behavior. For example, an effort has been made by us to make every one aware of the NIEMR (Non Ionizing Electro Magnetic Radiation) pollution in Indian cities by measuring the RF levels in North India and particularly Delhi and also of the sites of mobile towers installed at various places, prove that we are living dangerously. This study suggests that similar results would come out in various cities all across the world where ever Radiations norms are not being followed. An effort has also been made by Cogent EMR Solutions to study and suggest what measures be taken by all of us in general and respective Governments to enhance activities to ensure a clean, green and EMR safe world.

  4. satishsamyak says:

    Birds suffer from biological effects of GSM, 3G (UMTS), DECT, WIFI, TETRA
    Canary bird recovers from mobile phone mast exposure
    [http://omega.twoday.net/stories/900299/]

    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 mikroWatt/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.

    More information about the radiation of GSM, UMTS, DECT, WIFI etc.: http://www.stopumts.nl

    I received interesting & important posts in response to the Canary story,

    It is interesting to note that in Osafia, the Druz village that removed antennas because of more than 200 cancer cases (15 new cancer cases were diagnosed only last month), birds disappeared from the village when the antennas were there, and now with no antennas- birds are back !!

    Here are the posts – concentrated together they give quite a strong picture.

    From Milt Bowling (Canada )

    The National Research Council of Canada did lots of studies on the non-thermal effects of microwave radiation on birds in the 1960s, before the wireless industry took control of the science. They found that bird feathers acted as dielectric receptors. Birds that had been plucked under anesthesia showed no reaction to radiation until the 12th day, when their feathers started to grow back.

    Studies also showed altered EEG patterns, escape behaviour, other signs of stress in the form of vocalization, defecation and initiation of flight. Parakeets chose an unradiated feeder over a radiated one. Domestic fowl [Leghorns] increased egg production by 13.7% under radiation. Unfortunately, the mortality rate of the radiated colony was double that of the control colony. Their exposures ranged from 0.2 uW/cm2 to 360 uW/cm2. Young chicks exposed to 25mW/cm2 collapsed on the floor of the cage and remained in that position until the radiation was turned off. Time to collapse ranged from 5 to 20 seconds.

    Mike Repacholi at one time was with Health Canada and certainly would have had access to these studies. I wonder if WHO recommendations will include this science?

    Milt

    From Larry Blackhall, Canada, who is studying the subject, this is part of his research :

    National Research Centre of Canada – (NRC)

    Scientific peer reviewed and archived laboratory controlled studies done by the NRC of Canada demonstrate conclusively the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation on living systems. These studies are available through the NRC archives.

    To obtain copies by telephone call 1 800 668 1222 or visit their website at http://www.nrc.ca/cisti .

    There is a nominal charge of aproximately $12 cdn.

    Here are three brief relevant extracts from three of the studies;

    1. Extract from LTR-CS-113 by Dr J Bigu, 1973, titled:

    “Interaction of electromagnetic fields and living systems with special reference to birds.”

    During the initial stabilizing period the egg production of each colony was the same, but following the onset of radiation the egg production of the radiated colony increased to a higher level at which it remained essentially constant. In terms of the total number of eggs produced the diference amounts to an increase of 13.7% – an increase that could be of economic significance in raising poultry provided other, and undesired, interaction effects do not appear.

    However the mortality rate of the radiated colony was almost double that of the control colony through each of phases A and B.

    2. Extract from LTR-CS-18 by Dr J A Tanner, 1969, titled:

    “Effects of microwave radiation on Parakeets in Flight”

    Conclusion: The results obtained in this experiment indicates that microwave radiation has an aversive effect on birds in flight comparable to that previously observed in caged birds. This leads the way to a possible solution of the bird hazard problem in aviation.

    3. Extract from LTR-CS-89 by Dr. J A Tanner, 1973, co-authored by Dr. Romero-Sierra, Dept of Anatomy, Queens’ University, Kingston, Ont., titled;

    “Bird Feathers as Dialectic Receptors of Microwave Radiation.”

    Depending on many factors the use of microwave radiation can be detrimental or beneficial to humans. One beneficial use of microwave radiation is to reduce the hazards of birds to aircraft. This forms part of an extensive program designed to shed some light on the complex nature of the interaction of microwave radiation with biological systems.

    From Penny Hargreaves (New Zealand)

    More mobiles, and sparrows take flight

    Ambarish Mukherjee

    New Delhi, Nov. 30

    THE wireless telecom revolution is catching on at the expense of a tiny winged creature — the house sparrow. The tiny birds are fast disappearing from cities “contaminated” with electromagnetic waves arising out of increased number of mobile handsets.

    According to Dr S. Vijayan, Director of the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), “A number of studies has been conducted to find out the relationship between the increase in electromagnetic waves and the decrease in the number of sparrows. A positive correlation has been found between them.”

    “There have been studies in Spain which showed that sparrows disappear from cities where electromagnetic contamination is very heavy,” Dr Vijayan added.

    A study was initiated earlier this year in London by the British Trust for Ornithology to investigate whether the explosion of electromagnetic waves from portable handsets is wiping out sparrows in London. The British study involves 30,000 birdwatchers who will examine the urban sparrow population near cell-phone masts, where electromagnetic fields are most concentrated.

    London has witnessed a steep fall in its sparrow population — a 75 per cent fall since 1994, which coincides with the emergence of the cell-phone.

    Electromagnetic waves travel through the air to the cell-phone masts located above tall buildings in the cities. These waves then travel to and fro between the handset and the tower while one is using the handset, and this results in increased electromagnetic contamination in the air.

    The rapidly increasing number of cell-phone subscribers is resulting in higher concentration level of electromagnetic waves in the air which clashes with the earth’s electromagnetic field.

    Dr Vijayan also pointed out that sparrows are found to be disappearing from areas where mobile towers are installed.

    SACON has also initiated a detailed study to find out how exactly these small birds are being affected.

    “These are all circumstantial evidences. Now we need to prove how it is exactly affecting the sparrows. My feeling is that it probably affects their central nervous system. We are conducting studies with inputs from various cities on the falling number of sparrows in which the effect of electromagnetic contamination from mobile phones are also being examined,” Dr Vijayan said.

    He said increased exposure to electromagnetic waves also affects small animals. For example, in rats, it is found that the sperm count has decreased while in the case of chicken embryonic, mortality has become very high. There could be more examples, he added.

    Another one from Penny :

    Subject: Fw: Re caged birds -canaries etc

    A farmer who was breeding ostriches about a kilometre from the radio tower found some of the chickens did not develop feathers.

    Subject: EMF in the barnyard (fwd)

    Date: Mon, 3 Aug 1998 082740 -0500 (CDT)

    From: “Roy L. Beavers”

    To: emfguru@hotmail.com

    ———- Forwarded message ———-

    Date: Mon, 3 Aug 1998 15:11:43 +1000

    From: myra kyneur

    To: w-m-a@reach.net

    Cc : marjlundquist@yahoo.com

    Subject: EMF in the barnyard

    Dear Wolfgang Scherer

    We were very interested in your account of radiofrequeny radiation (RFR)effects on cattle and birds on the Bavarian farm. Of particular interest were the effects on the birds, as we have documented three cases of RFR effects on birds here in Sydney, Australia.

    We thought you may find this of interest also. The exquisite sensitivity of the canary, and it would seem other birds, is obviously incompatible with the radiofrequency radiation (RFR) associated with cellular phone transmitters. A warning for the human population?

    We wonder if it would be a useful exercise to survey the caged bird population within a given distance from mobile phone base stations.

    Following are the cases we have documented.

    Case 1.. Fairlight NSW : Unusual behaviour of flock of approx. 17 black crows that usually roosted on the roof of a high rise apartment block.

    After the installation of a mobile phone base station (MBS) nearby resident noticed the birds became noisier and unsettled. This behaviour continued for about two weeks-the birds are now no longer in this neighbourhood.

    Case2.. Caringbah NSW : Within 200 metres of a MBS Bantam hens and roosters died unexpectedly from unknown causes, within a short time of the installation of the MBS.

    Note: On the same premises, a family of two adults and three young adults each progressively developed ‘microwave hearing’ and moderate to severe headaches after the same MBS installation.

    The headaches diminished after alterations were made to the electricity power supply in the street. (Details available on request)

    The microwave hearing associated with the MBS continues.

    Case 3…Kirrawee NSW: For a number of years an exotic bird breeder had approx. 350 birds located one hundred metres distance from a radiofrequency antenna used by a paging service. Within four months of the installation being upgraded to a mobile base station (MBS) most birds refused to breed, those that did breed prematurely removed the young from the nests. Two only young birds survived the season, one only has feathers, the other none at all.

    Some species became aggressive, defeathering their mates.

    The owner has since moved house.

    Comments to: Betty Venables, Co-ordinator, C/- Email address as above or postal address, EMR SAFETY NETWORK-INTERNATIONAL, 216 President Ave Miranda NSW 2228 Australia

    fred moore

    Archive provided courtesy of WaveGuide, http://www.wave-guide.org

    Reprinted with permission of Roy Beavers,http://www.feb.se/EMF-L/EMF-L.html

    Informant: Iris Atzmon

    ——–

    Effects of exposing chicken eggs to a cell phone in “call” position over the entire incubation period

    From the abstract: The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of exposing fertile chicken eggs to a cell phone repeatedly calling a ten-digit number at 3-min intervals over the entire period of incubation. A significantly higher percentage of embryo mortality was observed in the “exposed” compared to the “sham” group in 2 of the 4 replicates (p<.05). In comparison with control groups, additional embryo mortality in the exposed group occurred mainly between Days 9 and 12 of incubation but a causal relationship between the intensity of the electric field and embryo mortality could not be established. Bibliography: Batellier et al., Theriogenology. 2008 Feb 4 [Epub ahead of print], Abstract
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18255134?dopt=Abstract

    Spanish paper on RF effects on birds
    http://omega.twoday.net/stories/904106/

    Micro Waves Effects on Wildlife Animals
    http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/micro_waves_effects_on_wildlife_animals.pdf

    EMF Exposure – Animal Studies
    http://members.aol.com/gotemf/emf/animals.htm

    Effects of the electromagnetic fields of phone masts on a population of White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
    http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/effects_of_emf_on_white_stork.pdf

    Pulsed microwave radiation and wildlife – Are Cell Phones Wiping Out Sparrows?
    http://omega.twoday.net/stories/926007/

    Electromagnetic pollution of the environment
    http://omega.twoday.net/stories/2955273/
    Starmail – 15. Aug, 00:02

  5. satishsamyak says:

    Will the FCC ever deal with bird-killing mobile phone towers?
    By Matthew Lasar | Last updated July 9, 2009 12:45 AM
    [http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/07/will-the-fcc-ever-deal-with-bird-killing-mobile-phone-towers.ars]
    Both conservationists and the wireless industry continue to press the Federal Communications Commission for some response to concerns that millions of migratory birds fatally collide with mobile phone towers every year. But there are no obvious signs that the Commission has plans to do anything—despite a court order requiring agency action.

    A small army of industry representatives just met with the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau on this issue. They urged the Commission to contract with an “impartial avian consultant” to “assess the state of the science surrounding avian mortality, as a first step toward filling the void of peer-reviewed data that exists in the Migratory Bird rulemaking proceeding.” The meeting included reps from CTIA – The Wireless Association, the National Association of Broadcasters, and the National Association of Tower Erectors.

    But conservationist groups call this a delaying tactic. “There is overwhelming peer-reviewed science to demonstrate the significance of tower-caused kills on bird populations,” the American Bird Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife, and National Audubon Society say in their latest comments to the FCC.

    Meaningful public involvement

    As we have reported, after years of doing nothing, in February of last year the FCC was ordered by an appellate court to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and assemble guidelines to protect migrating birds that fly into wireless towers at night.

    It’s unclear how many birds actually perish this way. The Fish and Wildlife Service says that as many as four or five million birds may die in this fashion, but recent research suggests that even if the actual number is smaller, the dilemma is real. In their filings, the conservationists put the Bay-breasted Warbler at 150,000 wireless tower fatalities a year, and the Blackpoll Warbler at 90,000. At least 60 species included on the FWS’s Birds of Conservation Concern list are killed by towers, they say.

    The court told the FCC to determine “how it will provide notice of pending tower applications that will ensure meaningful public involvement in implementing NEPA procedures.” New rules will require tower construction applicants to show that their proposed structures don’t hurt birds, or provide details of how they plan to protect them.

    But not even the court order got the agency off its duff. Finally, in April, ABC et al submitted a Petition for Expedited Rulemaking to the FCC, asking the Commission to assess the impact of its current Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) standards on bird safety and finish a proceeding on how to address the problem.

    There’s plenty of back and forth in this fight over which studies can be understood as credible or peer reviewed. But there have also been constructive suggestions. The CTIA group has asked the FCC to run a public notice on tower registration standards and to conduct an environmental assessment of the Gulf Coast Region, where significant bird tower death has been said to take place. And industry reps have offered an array of suggestions for authorizing new wireless towers and asking the public for feedback on their construction.

    Meanwhile there’s a lot of research out there offered by conservancy groups about ways to minimize the harm cell phone towers do to migrating birds. These include reducing the tower height, relying less on guy wire construction, and using strobe rather than continuous lighting systems.

    What there doesn’t seem to be is an FCC willing to deal with the issue. The item is not in circulation with the Commissioners at this time, and the agency has been “kicking [the problem] down the road,” in the words of one Commissioner, since 2002. Seven years is a long time, even for the government.

  6. satishsamyak says:

    Birds Harmed by Radio-Frequency Radiation

    I received interesting & important posts in response to the Canary story
    that was sent by Frans van Velden from the Netherlands),

    It is interesting to note that in Osafia, the Druz village, that removed antennas because of more than 200 cancer cases (15 new cancer cases were diagnosed only last month), birds disappeared from the village when the antennas were there, and now with no antennas – the birds are back !

    Here are the posts – concentrated together they give quite a strong picture –

    From Milt Bowling (Canada)

    The National Research Council of Canada did lots of studies
    on the non-thermal effects of microwave radiation on birds in the 1960s,
    before the wireless industry took control of the science. They found that
    bird feathers acted as dielectric receptors. Birds that had been plucked
    under anesthesia showed no reaction to radiation until the 12th day, when
    their feathers started to grow back.

    Studies also showed altered EEG patterns, escape behavior, other signs of
    stress in the form of vocalization, defecation and initiation of flight.
    Parakeets chose an unradiated feeder over a radiated one. Domestic fowl
    [Leghorns] increased egg production by 13.7% under radiation.
    Unfortunately, the mortality rate of the radiated colony was double that of
    the control colony. Their exposures ranged from 0.2 uW/cm2 to 360 uW/cm2.
    Young chicks exposed to 25mW/cm2 collapsed on the floor of the cage and
    remained in that position until the radiation was turned off. Time to
    collapse ranged from 5 to 20 seconds.

    Mike Repacholi, World Health Organization, at one time was with Health Canada and certainly would have had access to these studies. I wonder if WHO recommendations will include this science?

    From Larry Blackhall, Canada, who is studying the subject, This is part of his research:

    National Research Centre of Canada – (NRC)
    Scientific peer reviewed and archived laboratory controlled studies done by the
    NRC of Canada demonstrate conclusively the harmful effects of electromagnetic
    Radiation, on living systems. These studies are available through the NRC archives. To obtain copies by telephone call 1 800 668 1222 or visit their website at – http://www.nrc.ca/cisti. There is a nominal charge of approximately $12 Cdn.

    Here are three brief relevant extracts from three of the studies;

    1. Extract from LTR-CS-113 by Dr. J Bigu, 1973, titled; “Interaction of electromagnetic fields and living systems with special reference to birds.”

    During the initial stabilizing period the egg production of each colony was
    the same, but following the onset of radiation the egg production of the radiated colony increased to a higher level at which it remained essentially constant.

    In terms of the total number of eggs produced the difference amounts to an increase of 13.7% – an increase that could be of economic significance in raising poultry provided other, and undesired, interaction effects do not appear.

    However the mortality rate of the radiated colony was almost double that of the
    control colony through each of phases A and B.

    2. Extract from LTR-CS-18 by Dr. J A Tanner, 1969, titled; “Effects of microwave radiation on Parakeets in Flight”

    Conclusion; The results obtained in this experiment indicates that microwave
    radiation has an aversive effect on birds in flight comparable to that previously observed in caged birds. This leads the way to a possible solution of the bird hazard problem in aviation.

    3. Extract from LTR-CS-89 by Dr. J A Tanner, 1973, co-authored by Dr. Romer
    o-Sierra, Dept. of Anatomy, Queens’ University, Kingston, Ont., titled;

    “Bird Feathers as Dialectic Receptors of Microwave Radiation.”

    Depending on many factors the use of microwave radiation can be detrimental
    or beneficial to humans. One beneficial use of microwave radiation is to reduce the hazards of birds to aircraft. This forms part of an extensive program designed to shed some light on the complex nature of the interaction of microwave radiation with biological systems.

    From Penny Hargreaves (New Zealand)

    More mobiles, and sparrows take flight
    Ambarish Mukherjee New Delhi , Nov.

    THE wireless telecom revolution is catching on at the expense of a tiny winged creature the house sparrow. The tiny birds are fast disappearing from cities “contaminated” with electromagnetic waves arising out of increased number of mobile telephone handsets.

    According to Dr. S. Vijayan, Director of the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology
    and Natural History (SACON), “A number of studies has been conducted to find out the relationship between the increase in electromagnetic waves and the decrease in the number of sparrows. A positive correlation has been found between them.”

    “There have been studies in Spain which showed that sparrows disappear from
    cities where electromagnetic contamination is very heavy,” Dr. Vijayan added.

    A study was initiated earlier this year in London by the British Trust for Ornithology to investigate whether the explosion of electromagnetic waves from portable handsets is wiping out sparrows in London. The British study involves 30,000 bird watchers that will examine the urban sparrow population near
    cell-phone masts, where electromagnetic fields are most concentrated.

    London has witnessed a steep fall in its sparrow population a 75 per cent fall since 1994, which coincides with the emergence of the cell-phone.

    Electromagnetic waves travel through the air to the cell-phone masts located
    above tall buildings in the cities. These waves then travel between the handset and the tower while one is using the handset, and this results in increased electromagnetic contamination in the air.

    The rapidly increasing number of cell-phone subscribers is resulting in higher concentration levels of electromagnetic waves in the air, which clashes with the earth’s electromagnetic field.

    Dr. Vijayan also pointed out that sparrows are found to be disappearing from
    areas where mobile towers are installed.

    SACON has also initiated a detailed study to find out how exactly these small birds are being affected.

    “These are all circumstantial evidences. Now we need to prove how it is exactly affecting the sparrows. My feeling is that it probably affects their central nervous system. We are conducting studies with inputs from various cities on the falling number of sparrows in which the effect of electromagnetic
    contamination from mobile phones are also being examined,” Dr. Vijayan said.

    He said increased exposure to electromagnetic waves also affects small animals. For example, in rats, it is found that the sperm count has decreased while in the case of chicken embryonic, mortality has become very high. There could be more examples, he added.

    Another one from Penny:

    Subject: Caged Birds – Canaries etc.

    A farmer who was breeding ostriches about a kilometer from the radio tower found some of the chickens did not develop feathers.

    ———- Forwarded message ———-

    Date: Mon., 3 Aug 1998 15:11:43

    From: myra kyneur

    To: w-m-a@reach.net

    Cc: marjlundquist@yahoo.com

    Subject: EMF in the barnyard

    Dear Wolfgang Sherer

    We were very interested in your account of radio frequency radiation

    (RFR) effects on cattle and birds on the Bavarian farm. Of particular

    interest were the effects on the birds, as we have documented three cases of

    RFR effects on birds here in Sydney, Australia.

    We thought you may find this of interest also. The exquisite sensitivity of

    the canary, and it would seem other birds, is obviously incompatible with

    the radiofrequency radiation (RFR) associated with cellular phone

    transmitters. A warning for the human population?

    We wonder if it would be a useful exercise to survey the caged bird
    population within a given distance from mobile phone base stations.

    Following are the cases we have documented.

    Case 1.. Fairlight New South Wales : Unusual behavior of flock of approx. 17 black crows that usually roosted on the roof of a high rise apartment block.

    After the installation of a mobile phone base station (MBS) nearby residents
    noticed the birds became noisier and unsettled. This behavior continued for
    about two weeks. The birds are now no longer in this neighborhood.

    Case2.. Caringbah NSW : Within 200 metros of a mobile phone base station, Bantam hens and roosters died unexpectedly from unknown causes, within a short time of the installation of the mobile phone base station.

    Note: On the same premises, a family of two adults and three young adults each progressively developed ‘microwave hearing'(tinnitus) and moderate to severe headaches after the same MBS installation.

    The headaches diminished after alterations were made to the electricity power supply in the street. (Details available on request)

    The microwave hearing associated with the MBS continues.

    Case 3…Kirrawee New South Wales: For a number of years an exotic bird breeder had approx. 350 birds located one hundred metros distance from a radiofrequency
    antenna used by a paging service. Within four months of the installation
    being upgraded to a mobile base station (MBS) most birds refused to breed,
    those that did breed prematurely removed the young from the nests. Only
    two young birds survived the season, one has feathers, the other none.
    Some species became aggressive, de-feathering their mates. The owner has since moved house.

    Comments to: Betty Venables, Co-ordinator, C/- Email address as above or

    postal address, EMR SAFETY NETWORK-INTERNATIONAL, 216 President Ave. Miranda

    NSW 2228 Australia archive provided courtesy of WaveGuide, http://www.wave-guide.org

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