A new Council of Europe Committee Resolution has called for a dramatic reduction in human exposure to EMFs and microwave radiation from mobile phones, mobile masts and other wireless devices.
The Council of Europe represents all 47 member countries. Although individual member governments are the ones who will take any action – or not – the Council of Europe calls on them to impose a ban on mobile phones, DECT cordless phones, WiFi or wLAN systems in classrooms and schools
The Resolution also requires governments to take reasonable measures to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields on "as low as reasonably achievable" (ALARA) principles, especially to radio frequencies from mobile phones, and particularly the exposure to children and young people who seem to be at most long-term risk from head tumours.
It asks for targeted information campaigns aimed at teachers, parents and children to alert them to the specific risks of early, ill-considered and prolonged use of mobiles and other devices emitting microwaves.
The Council also recommends reconsidering the scientific basis for the present electromagnetic fields exposure standards and to set preventive thresholds for levels of long-term exposure to microwaves in all indoor areas.
It suggests that governments introduce planning measures to keep high-voltage power lines and other electric installations at a safe distance from dwellings and apply strict safety standards for low EMF electrical systems in new dwellings.
Information and awareness-raising campaigns on the risks of potentially harmful long-term biological effects on the environment and on human health, especially targeting children, teenagers and young people of reproductive age are recommended.