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How Big Tech Is Consuming America’s Electricity And Water

Many analysts laud data centers as one of the fastest-growing sectors of the real estate market, but the industry may soon find itself hitting a wall as local communities put up increasing resistance to the industry’s seemingly insatiable appetite for power and water.

Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites could be eroding Earth’s magnetic field and slowly poisoning us all, ex-NASA scientist warns

An ex-NASA physicist warns cheap satellite ‘megaconstellations’ like Elon Musk’s Starlink could disrupt Earth’s magnetosphere exposing all life to deadly cosmic rays.

How Big Tech Is Consuming America’s Electricity And Water

Many analysts laud data centers as one of the fastest-growing sectors of the real estate market, but the industry may soon find itself hitting a wall as local communities put up increasing resistance to the industry’s seemingly insatiable appetite for power and water.

I’m 24, but I used a Nokia ‘dumbphone’ for the whole 2010s. Now I long to go back to it.

According to recent studies, the decade spanning 2010-20 saw the beginning of a sharp decline in the happiness of young people. This is, of course, the same decade that the internet went from being a place we accessed for finite periods at home on our parents’ PC to something that lived in our pockets. It’s this shift, the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has suggested, that has driven the decline in mental health, arguably more so than social media itself.

Are smartphones bad for us? Five world experts answer

Despite their sudden ubiquity, there’s still a lot we don’t know about how our smartphones are affecting us. Are they alienating people from each other, or helping them to connect with others? Do they affect children differently than adults? And how do we step away from our phones if our whole lives are on them?

A New Type Of Dementia Plagues America

A major health epidemic, digital dementia occurs when one part of the brain is overstimulated and another part of the brain is understimulated. When we mindlessly use digital devices, the frontal lobe, which is responsible for higher-level executive functions, gets little, if any, use. Meanwhile, the occipital lobe, the visual processor located at the back of the brain, gets bombarded with sensory input. Slouched over and spaced out, people, both young and old, are abusing their brains, day in and day out

We Are Not SAM

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our brand-new website. Join us as we dissect the tangled web of flawed testing methods and uncover the peculiar journey of advertising throughout history.


Surrounded is an eye-opening film about the possible harmful effects of the electronic devices that surround us every day.  Sam Wieder shares how he went from chronically fatigued to newly rejuvenated by learning how to minimize his exposure to common sources of man-made radiation.

Experts Gather to Warn of Health Dangers of 5G Radiation

The safety exposure limits presently followed by the UK Government are set by the International Commission on Non-ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and are seen as insufficient by certain groups of scientists, who use much stricter guidelines.


When people ask me if I regret having given up my cell phone, my answer is unequivocally “No”. I don’t miss texting on a phone. I don’t miss GPS. I don’t miss reading news that some news aggregator selected for me. I don’t miss QR codes for this, that and everything else. I do not regret ridding myself of having a cell phone and I would not go back to having one.

Talking on your mobile phone may increase the risk of high blood pressure, according to new research. Smartphone manufacturers spare no effort in adding awe-inspiring features to their latest flagship offerings. As a result, mobile phone usage in the world is understandably high.

What to Know About Cellphone Radiation

ProPublica recently examined how the federal government, based on quarter-century-old standards, denies that cellphones pose any risks. This guide answers some of the most common questions people ask about cellphone radiation.

Interview on no biological science behind mobile phone safety testing with guest Prof. Om Gandhi

Meet the man whose research inspired the SAM campaign. Om P. Gandhi, Emeritus Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with the University of Utah, taught courses on biological effects of antennas, RF and microwave electromagnetic fields for over 50 years. Prof. Om P. Gandhi is a world expert on how mobile phone radiation penetrates the human brain. Once a consultant to major cell phone companies, Gandhi now refuses to work with them.

How the FCC Shields Cellphone Companies From Safety Concerns

The wireless industry is rolling out thousands of new transmitters amid a growing body of research that calls cellphone safety into question. Federal regulators say there’s nothing to worry about — even as they rely on standards established in 1996.

What Raw Materials are Used to Make Mobile Phones?

The amount of e-waste on Earth in 2018 was around 50 tons and is constantly increasing. In addition, the dangerous metals in old mobile phones can pollute our water supply if they are not properly recycled or disposed of.

Mobile phone study covered up – 2007

A study which directly linked the radiation from mobile phone transmitter masts with an increased risk of developing cancer was covered up by operator T-Mobile, a scientist has claimed.

How to Breakup With Your Cellphone

I have spent two months considering this break-up and soon it will be complete. There are ways to do this. It takes some effort. I have even made practice runs, leaving the phone at home some of the time and on short trips. My health and vitality have improved already from having my cell phone off most of the time and my computers wired to Ethernet. My health and happiness are much enhanced. I am more energetic than I recall ever being.

Cellphones and brain tumours

News report the other day that chronic use of cell phones may be associated with brain tumour should be taken exactly as a warning that it is, rather than waved aside as yet another undue alarm.

The Micro Wave Debate Continues – Forty Years Later, Not Much Has Changed

Close to 40 years after its first publication, The Microwave Debate, Nicholas Steneck’s history of research and regulation of microwave health effects, is back in print —this time in Norwegian. The new translation comes with an epilogue by Thomas Butler, a professor at Ireland’s Cork University Business School, who has contributed seven chapters —about 30,000 words— to bring Steneck’s history up to the present.

Death by Technology: The Road to Hell Is Paved with Good Inventions

Associate Professor John Cook a clinical psychologist in his new book, ‘Death by Technology’ says that our love affair with technology goes way beyond the practical and into another realm altogether. He says that people’s blind faith in technology and the way they prioritise it in their lives is a kind of deification. ‘The new religion of the modern age is technology,’ he says.

Something is in the Air – The cell phone radiation documentary

The film “Something is in the Air” asks if the radiation from your cell phone or cell towers is harmful to your health. What about cell tower radiation impacts to bees and pollinators? Are scientific conclusions tied to the interests of those who fund the studies?

New Study Shows Health Damage from Cell Phone Towers

The mobile industry relies on the claims that the radiation from the mobile masts’ base stations is so weak that it is impossible to have any health effects. The research shows something else. Here you get a German review of a new laboratory study that demonstrates biological effects that have been measured in detail. The new study shows that even fairly weak radiation from mobile masts creates oxidative stress. This study comes on top of others that have shown that health problems increase in frequency the closer people live to the masts.

Dumbphone Sales Are Soaring As People Revolt Against “Overwhelming” Smartphones

According to the BBC, dumbphones are enjoying a revival. Google searches for them jumped by 89% between 2018 and 2021, according to a report by software firm SEMrush. And while sales figures are hard to come by, one report said that global purchases of dumbphones were due to hit one billion units last year, up from 400 million in 2019. This compares to worldwide sales of 1.4 billion smart phones last year, following a 12.5% decline in 2020.

Will 5G Kill Me? When Telecom Politics Become a Deadly Sin

Radiations from telecom towers are essential for the operation of wireless communication systems. No technology such as 5G or Wi-Fi can even exist without these distributed cell sites equipped with transmitting antennas. However, from a health perspective, the telco domain looks pretty much unregulated. Non-ionizing radiations usually have limited implications on the user’s health, but open questions remain largely open: What is the safe exposure time to these radiations? What is the safe distance between a person and a transmitting antenna? What are safe transmission power levels? Why haven’t safety guidelines been updated for some time? Why are the opinions of some scientists been disregarded? Can telecom tower radiations clearly cause cancer or other devastating effects?


What has been missed until recently is the fact that the rate of increase in cell phone usage mirrors the growth in incidence of mental illness especially among the young. For example, the diagnosis of bipolar disorder among children and teens up to age 19 years has increased dramatically since the early 90’s.

‘What’s wrong with Australia’s radiation standard? Australian physicist explains’

Why does Australia’s radiation standard allow the Australian public to be exposed to much more wireless radiation than the Russian standard does? Why doesn’t our radiation standard give us adequate protection against 5G radiation? Lyn McLean talks to Australian physicist Vic Leach who explains the limitations of Australian and international standards and what we need to know about 5G radiation.

More research needed on cell tower impacts

There needs to be independent, well-funded research on the effects of non-ionizing radiation on human and other life forms. The parallels with the tobacco industry are thought-provoking.

New insights: the damaging field

A new study from Greece sheds light on how electromagnetic fields (EMFs) affect health and raises questions about whether researchers have been looking for answers in the right places all this time.

Report says wireless radiation may harm wildlife

A trio of researchers have compiled a report saying the widespread installation of cell towers and antennas is generating electromagnetic fields — EMFs for short — that could be physiologically harmful.

All the Satellites in Space Could Crack Open the Ozone Layer

Aluminum is key to everything at stake here. First, it burns into reflective aluminum oxide, or alumina, which could turn into an unwitting geoengineering experiment that could alter Earth’s climate. And second, aluminum oxide could damage and even rip a new hole in the ozone layer. Let’s look at each threat separately and try to figure it out.

Is the WHO impaired by electro-smog?

demonstrates arrogance and incompetence. The potential harmful effects of radiation from mobile networks cannot be reduced by engineers to frequency and average intensity. To evaluate and mitigate EMR exposure’s impacts to health and wildlife, we need comprehensive scientific study with due diligence, humility and caution.

5G’s Environmental Paradox in the Hyperconnected Era

The industry claims that 5G will pave broadband highways for our ever-increasing data traffic at faster speed. It claims that 5G will reduce carbon emissions. Are these claims true? Before we deploy 5G, don’t we need to evaluate its environmental footprint and sustainability with due diligence?

5G’s Threats to Wildlife

I am an engineer, not a biologist. Yet, I realize wildlife and biodiversity are the Earth’s greatest treasures and need to be protected. In previous letters, I discussed large-scale 5G networks’ energy consumption and climate impacts. I proposed more sustainable alternatives to 5G public networks. Today, I will report how 5G threatens ecosystems and biodiversity.

How Green is 5G?

A panoply of dazzling new IoT applications is a given, it would seem, with all the potential benefits one might expect from a step-change in wireless connectivity. But what about the environmental footprint?

6G – Closer than you think

All over the world, scientists, governments, corporations and consumers are collaborating to turn the Earth into a giant computer, fulfilling the warning predictions of the great Swedish physicist and Nobel laureate Hannes Alfvén. Written under the pen name Olof Johannesson, his 1966 science fiction novel Sagan om den stora datamaskinen (The Tale of the Great Computer) predicted smart phones, the internet, fitbits, artificial intelligence, chip implants enabling direct human-to-computer communication, the colonization of Mars, and ultimately the replacement of humankind entirely by computers, which regarded human beings as just one step on the evolutionary path to themselves.


any people ask “Where is the scientific evidence? How do you know that 5G and the deployment of small cells (which usually is 4G) is not safe? Why do you say it is harmful?”  The answer is that an ever growing and large body published research has found adverse effects from wireless radiation. Effects have been found at levels that are legal and permissible. 5G will use frequencies that are currently in use as well as higher frequencies never used in any widespread way.  

Safe ICT Wellington Newsletter July 2021

Safe ICT Wellington Newsletter July 2021. Main Article: It was Yuri Grigoriev that founded the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCNIRP).This organisation, with 38 scientists and two representatives from the Russian Ministry of Health, is responsible for setting the standards in Russia. Their standards, unlike most of other countries, take into account actual chronic exposure, and are based on measurable effects on the nervous and immune systems; not simply six minutes of thermal effects.

Moskowitz: Cellphone radiation is harmful, but few want to believe it

For more than a decade, Joel Moskowitz, a researcher in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley and director of Berkeley’s Center for Family and Community Health, has been on a quest to prove that radiation from cellphones is unsafe. But, he said, most people don’t want to hear it. “People are addicted to their smartphones,” said Moskowitz.

Electromagnetic Illness

Humans are electromagnetically sensitive beings who have evolved in an electromagnetic environment (sun, lightening etc), so it is no surprise that they may react to the man-made electromagnetic fields that now surround us, according to Drs Mary Redmayne and Siobhan Reddel. In their recent paper in Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine they say, ‘It would be most surprising if this significant change to our electromagnetic environment, in but a moment of our evolution, did not affect us.’

Olle Johansson on wireless radiation, immunity and health

Does wireless radiation affect a person’s immune system? Absolutely! Are these effects psychosomatic? Absolutely not! Professor Olle Johansson is a world authority on the effects of electromagnetic fields on the immune system and how they can impact on health. He has kindly shared his findings and his experience with us in an online interview

Dopamine, Smartphones & You: A battle for your time

“I feel tremendous guilt,” admitted Chamath Palihapitiya, former Vice President of User Growth at Facebook, to an audience of Stanford students. He was responding to a question about his involvement in exploiting consumer behavior. “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works,” he explained

5G’s threats to wildlife – A letter to Greta Thunberg: is 5G an experiment on life?

Thousands of high-quality peer-reviewed scientific studies have reported adverse biological effects caused by man-made EMFs. Wireless technologies deployed in the last decades have added ever-increasing levels of EMFs to our environment. Electrosmog generated by wireless technologies is already 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 times natural levels. 5G will add an additional layer of radiation.

Dear Greta: an article about nature and technology

The Internet provides machine-to-machine communication. It is the largest thing that humanity has built. Its electricity use, fossil fuels, extracted and smelted ores, greenhouse gas emissions, use of chemicals, its toxic waste, worker hazards, fire hazards, degradation of wildlife habitats, impacts to social structures and local authority over environmental and public health policies (its impacts to democracy) are proportionate to its size—and yet most of us users do not see these impacts.

Reports on Increasing Energy Consumption of Wireless Systems and Digital Ecosystem

The more we use wireless electronic devices, the more energy we will consume. 5G will exponentially increase energy usage. The Small Cell Forum predicts the installed base of small cells to reach 70.2 million in 2025 and the total installed base of 5G or multimode small cells in 2025 to be 13.1 million. The lurking threat behind the promise of 5G delivering up to 1,000 times as much data as today’s networks is that 5G could also consume up to 1,000 times as much energy.

Netflix lays out plans to slash its greenhouse gas emissions

To meet its deadline next year, the company is primarily relying on offsetting its emissions, a strategy with a checkered history when it comes to how well it actually slows down climate change. But many environmental advocates have pressured companies to do more to stop polluting in the first place, rather than relying on trees to clean up the mess.

An Electromagnetic Health Crisis

Exposure to the electromagnetic field is not a new phenomenon for living beings. While living beings have always been exposed to natural electromagnetic fields, the growing sources, applications, and impact of human-made electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) on humans and the environment are creating more questions than answers.

EHS: Brain on Fire

Hellish headaches are just the start for people with electromagnetic hypersensitivity – and in our WiFi world, there’s almost nowhere to hide.

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