Last year at about this time an International Agency for Research on Cancer study came out with the following finding:
An increased risk of brain cancer is not established from the data from Interphone.The overall conclusion of no increased risk is in accordance with the large body of existing research and many expert reviews that consistently conclude that there is no established health risk from radio signals that comply with international safety recommendations.
The research seems clear, but headline-makers and talking heads apparently didn’t find that interesting enough. So, they did what they do best, they twisted words and embellished facts until they could run a local news teaser that might be a bit more effective: “Your cell phone might kill you painfully and slowly, tonight after House M.D.”
Well the talking heads are at it again and this time it isn’t even remotely believable. Several years ago a small European town commissioned a study to find the cause of strange growth’s on their trees. Last week the final Wageningen study was released and the results bore these headlines:
Study: Wi-Fi Makes Our Trees SickStudy says WiFi might be killing the treesWi-Fi signals are damaging trees, says Netherlands studyWi-Fi Radiation Harms Trees, Study SaysWiFi Radiation? May kill Trees
What an amazing finding with implications for every walk of life. Such a finding could mean the end of WIFI, right? Well here is a sample, the thesis if you will, from the study which paints a very different picture:
There are no far-reaching conclusions from the results. Based on the information now available, it can not be concluded that the WiFi radio signals lead to damage to trees or other plants
It never fails. Maybe the words are too many or too big to warrant full reading, but journalists seem to never get a handle on the facts behind a study. Next stop? Legislators will do the same thing and we’ll see the “Limiting Radiation in Green Areas Act,” cropping up in San Fran any day now.