The UN landmark conference in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 adopted the “precautionary principle”, which is a very useful guideline for safe technology application.
If an action or policy has been suspected to cause harm to the public or the environment, the burden of proof rests, in the absence of scientific consensus whether the action or policy is harmful, on those who introduced it.
The principle also says that before harmlessness is proven, no action should be taken (eg no introduction of a new technology).
If this wise principle had been followed, mobile phone technology would never have been introduced, because there existed substantial evidence on the risks from the start, including people exposed to microwaves in certain jobs (radar stations etc) who developed cancer. We now know with certainty that it would never have been been possible to prove that the technology is harmless – as required according to the precautionary principle – on the contrary, it has been proven to be harmful.
Hundreds of thousands of people would not have died of brain tumors and hundreds of millions (if not more – the figure is not yet determined) would not have had other health problems.
Unfortunately, the industry has completely ignored and even globally opposed the application of this principle, with the assistance of politicians who have been misled by corrupt or irresponsible scientists unless they have not themselves been corrupt.
The recent findings underline the importance of applying the precautionary principle with regard to mobile telephony. There is no longer a question of “suspected risk” but there exists an established risk of causing harm to the public.
There is every reason to “apply the brakes” on further exploitation to prevent extensive health problems, says Dr. Olle Johansson at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, in the video below.
Summary of video: Professor Johanson finds that the brain tumor issue is a small thing compared to many other harmful effects of mobile radiation. While brain tumors occur in a very small percentage of users, other serious adverse effects affect a large proportion of users, including genetic damage, sleep disturbances, decreased learning ability, concentration problems and mental disorders (hereditary factors probably determine what influences will be the most severe / our note).
Johanson finds it very problematic that the politicians are taking such risks with the entire population, despite repeated serious warnings from scientists. If the mobile radiation is not harmful, thousands of scientific papers that have reported risks of cellphone radiation must have been wrong, says Johansson, noting that such a thing never happened in the history of science.
Apparently the politicians all over the world have adopted a seriously wrong decision by declining to follow the precautionary principle and ignore informed expert warnings.
Dr. George Carlo in the U.S. was selected by mobile phone companies to “prove” that mobile radiation is harmless and received 28 million dollars in sponsorship grants for this. Already in 1999, after five years of research, he arrived at the opposite conclusion and declared, among other things:
“… With medical science having demonstrated an increased risk of tumors, cancers, genetic damage and other health problems from the use of mobile phones, the government and telecom industries have abandoned the public.”
Source: George Louis Carlo, Ph.D., Martin Schram “Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age . “
How can we prevent politicians from continuing to “abandon” the public by supporting dangerous and harmful techniques?
As far as we can see, it is necessary to put considerably greater demands on the application of the precautionary principle in the future.
- More on the precautionary principle (English Wikipedia).