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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.

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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Thursday, February 18, 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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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Last September, EWG released a Cell Phone Radiation Science Review and a first-of-its-kind database showing the radiation levels of thousands of cell phones. The response was huge - not surprising, given how increasingly attached we are to our phones.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is endorsing local legislation that would make that city the first in the country to require such consumer-friendly labeling.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

"More public information can only be positive." So says Renee Sharp, director of EWG's California office, in response to news that San Francisco might become the first U.S. city to require retailers to label cell phones with information on their radiation levels.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Research is not yet settled on exactly how dangerous cell phone radiation is to your health. But we at Environmental Working Group have seen enough studies with enough troubling results that we think it's worth your while to reduce your exposure to cell phone radiation.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The science may not yet be decided on the effects of cell phone radiation on human health, but recent research is unsettling enough that Environmental Working Group (and government safety agencies around the world) recommends reducing your exposure where you can.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Research has not yet established whether cell phone radiation is harmful. But. Some studies are troubling enough that we recommend reducing your exposure by buying a low-radiation phone or making some simple changes in the way you use your phone.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

To a lot of people, it might sound about as worrisome as walking under a ladder or not forwarding an email chain letter, but really, what is the deal with cell phone radiation? Is it something you should actually be concerned about?

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Friday, September 18, 2009

After we released our report about cell phone radiation, EWG Senior Scientist Olga Naidenko, PhD. testified in the U.S. Senate about our findings. Here she talks with EWG's Chief of Staff, Heather White, just before her testimony...

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Last week, EWG released a report about exposure to cell phone radiation. Today, its author, EWG Senior Scientist Olga Naidenko, PhD, testifies in Congress about the issue.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Most of us have wondered at least once if our cell phones are safe, whether it's OK for our kids to use them, whether we should do something different.

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