Response to Catalyst, 16th February 2016
I was particularly disappointed to see “Wi-Fried” air yesterday in the guise of science journalism, and felt it important to reassure other viewers that the fringe position provided by Dr Davis and associates is merely that, a fringe position that is not supported by science. There isvery strong scientific consensus that, even after considering such personal views as Dr Davis’, there is no substantiated evidence that the low levels of radiofrequency emissions encountered by mobile telecommunications can cause any harm. Of course it is impossible for science to demonstrate that anything is absolutely safe, and so regardless of whether we’re talking about Wi-Fi or orange juice, science cannot demonstrate absolute safety. However, given that radiofrequency emissions are one of the most heavily researched agents that science has ever assessed, and given that (contrary to Catalyst’s claims) no substantiated health effects have emerged, we can be very confident that the emissions are indeed safe. You'll find some information about the scientific consensus from an Australian research perspective here on this ACEBR site. For more detailed information about the international scientific consensus you may find the website of the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) of interest, and for an Australian Government safety perspective there is a lot of great information at the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) website.
Rodney Croft is Director of the National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia’s Centre for Research Excellence in Electromagnetic Energy, he is a current ICNIRP Commissioner, and Professor of Health Psychology at University of Wollongong.
Science & Wireless 2015
ACEBR will be hosting the annual Science & Wireless event this December 8th at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia (Kaleide Theatre, 360 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000).
The focus of this year's event will be 'RF Health Research'
Misrepresentation of EMF Science in the News
Devra Davis has recently presented her views on what she says are harmful effects of low-level radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (produced by such devices as mobile phones and Wi-Fi technologies). Such views are not supported by science (there is no substantiated evidence that these can cause even minor health concerns). This link takes you to a Channel 10 news report providing further information about her views, and for further information about many of the issues relevant to her views, you may find a previous Position Piece of use by clicking here.
Professor Rodney Croft, ACEBR
Following the recent event "Wireless Devices: Risk, Regulation, compliance and Liability", Professor Rodney Croft, Director of ACEBR, wrote a position piece to highlight the misleading messages that were given to the attendees. The full summary and position statement can be found on our FAQs & Facts Page or by clicking here.