Elizabeth May, Canada’s only Green Party MP has joined the ranks of those speaking out against the use of wireless networks.
“It is very disturbing how quickly WiFi has moved into schools as it is children who are the most vulnerable,” said Ms. May.
Faced with critical reactions from some of her 28,700 followers, Ms. May said the World Health Organization lists electromagnetic frequencies as a “possible human carcinogen.”
“I do not act without scientific info,” she said, as she called on Canadian authorities to adopt stronger controls on WiFi that are in place in Europe.
Despite her protestations, she is acting without scientific info. The reports of the negative
impact of Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF) on human health have been greatly exaggerated. These fears have been promulgated by people such as Devra Davis whose book Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Familyis deconstructed here. Another campaigner is Magda Havas, a researcher who is considered on the ‘fringe’ of science. This does not make her wrong of course, but it does put her against the weight of existing theory and study.
There are many blog posts written by people who are knowledgeable in the science, and do not have career ideals or book deals to consider. These are the people who come out against the fear mongering of the anti-cell phone/wi-fi crowd, and explain the rationale and flaws in the analysis of the UN position.
Lorne Trottier, Michael Kruse and here and here, Bernard Liekind, Corey Pein, Steve Thoms, and John Timmer, to name a few. In fact, just about everyone with an understanding of biology, epidemiology, or physics does not buy into the hype.
The Green Party’s support of pseudoscience will probably help them politically, because fear-mongering works. But it leaves many of us cold.
Edited to add:
Here is the coverage of wi-fi controversy in Canada at Skeptic North