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Could long-term exposure to cell phone radiation cause harm? The jury is still out, so EWG brings you the latest on the science, regulatory action and tips to reduce exposure.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

 

People are messy. So is nature. And what people do when nature unleashes its fury often makes things worse.

The staff at Environmental Working Group took a look at the major environmental news stories of the year and came up with two lists: the Top 10 Good News stories and the Top 10 Bad News stories.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

U.S. District Judge William Alsup last week gave the green light to city authorities to require that retailers distribute fact sheets about cell phone radiation to their customers.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

US District Judge William Alsup today asked the city of San Francisco to delay enactment of its lauded cell phone right-to-know ordinance until he decides whether to grant the cell phone industry’s motion for an indefinite delay.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

As the world mourns the passing of iPhone creator Steve Jobs, San Francisco and Canada are blazing new paths to ensure that the public knows how to use cell phones safely.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

 

The Burlingame, Calif., city council has passed a motion to post guidelines on the city’s website to advise consumers how they can minimize their exposure to cell phone radiation.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Although parents are likely feeling reassured by the first media headlines about a new Swiss study of brain tumor risk in children using cell phones, the findings are actually quite troubling, according to a review by Environmental Working Group.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer announced today it has classified cell phone radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show that wireless industry representatives were granted a number of high-level meetings with top Federal Communications Commission officials last year to discuss state and local efforts to require retailers to post the radiation levels of the cell phones they sell.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

France will soon become the first nation anywhere to require merchants to inform consumers of the radiation levels of cell phones at the point of sale.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Most of us want the latest and smartest phones - but not at the price of high cell phone radiation. This season's good news: a batch of smart-smart phones: lower-radiation choices with plenty of features.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Battle lines are being drawn. Alliances formed. And as the cell phone industry wages war against San Francisco over its cell phone-labeling ordinance, many are looking east to see if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will support or hinder consumers' right to know information about cell phone radiation levels.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On September 20th, 2010 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) overhauled its website (www.fcc.gov/cgb/sar/) to downplay the health risks of cell phone emissions and raise questions about the value of relative SAR ratings of different phones. The FCC’s altered webpage is full of internal inconsistencies and at odds with latest research on cell phone radiation.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, -- Environmental Working Group (EWG) filed a FOIA with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today to shed light on whether the trade association for the wireless industry is working with the FCC to challenge San Francisco’s Cell Phone Right-To-Know Ordinance, the first law passed by a U.S. jurisdiction to require retailers to display radiation values for individual wireless devices at the point of sale.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, June 9 – The City of San Francisco will require cell phone retailers to display the levels of radiation emitted by their phones, following the Board of Supervisors’ adoption Tuesday of what is believed to be the first such right-to-know law in the world.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, June 3 – Environmental Working Group (EWG), which published the first consumer-friendly guide to the radiation emitted by cellphones >, has requested that Apple lend its support to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s proposal, which would require all wireless devices sold in the City to display at the point of sale the level of radiation they emit. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will consider the Mayor’s legislation Tuesday, June 8th.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Washington, DC – The Interphone Study Group, a 10-year, 13-nation scientific collaboration coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a United Nations agency, has wrapped up its work without determining conclusively whether link exists between cell phone use and head and neck tumors. But some findings suggest that some heavy users might face increased risk of certain forms of brain cancer.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

When we released our cell phone radiation report in Fall 2009, we heightened a national conversation about the issue. Our consumer database is helping people choose lower-radiation phones and our 8 tips for using phones more safely are helping us stay connected with less radiation.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Curious about how much radiation is coming from your iPhone? Sorry, there's no app for that.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

An Israeli tech startup called Tawkon has developed a mobile application that estimates the level of radiation emitted from cell phones, which a growing body of research – though not definitive – suggests may be a health risk, especially for children. But when Tawkon submitted it for approval as an iPhone app, Apple turned it down.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Among the flood of new smart phones, the Motorola Droid, Blackberry Bold, and Google Nexus One rate high marks from tech reviewers for performance and features. But the reviews and ads don't mention that these phones also emit relatively high levels of radiation, compared to federal safety standards.

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