Why is EMF a pollutant?
When we call something in our environment a pollutant, we are implying that it is somehow harmful to nature and to ourselves.
There is plenty of scientific evidence to support the idea that some types of electromagnetic radiation are harmful to us and to nature. To view some of it, see EMF Health Effects.
The whole spectrum
Wave frequency is what differentiates one class of radiation from another. See our page Electromagnetic Spectrum if you want to know more.
When we refer to electromagnetic pollution, we are generally speaking of frequencies below (oscillating slower than) visible light waves.
Of course, x-rays and gamma rays (which oscillate faster than visible light) are highly dangerous, but we have not filled our homes and workplaces with these rays. We knew they were dangerous - so we've been careful.
What other kinds of EM waves are dangerous?
And although we knew that radio and microwave energy was dangerous at high intensity (for example inside your microwave oven), we thought it was safe at lower intensities. It now appears we were wrong about that.
Electromagnetic pollution - Little and often
Well, it's exactly the same with radio and microwave energy, and with low-frequency radiation too. Low intensity over a long period (generally several years) still takes its toll.
How thick-skinned are you anyway?
Some of them penetrate 12" concrete walls. Don't think they'll have any trouble with your skin - nor even your bones!
That's why this kind of energy can cause health problems anywhere in your body.
So where does all this EMF pollution come from?
- cell (and other mobile) phones
- computers and related equipment
- electrical appliances (including TV's)
- electronic equipment
- cell phone masts
- radio and TV transmitters
- microwave ovens
- high and low voltage power lines
- information networks
- cars, motor cycles, buses, trains, planes.
Electromagnetic pollution has now reached the critical level at which it can seriously damage your health.
Electromagnetic Pollution Solution
If your house is next to a cell phone tower, it's easy to become fixated on that. But that tower may only contribute 40% of your total exposure. Work on the other 60% too.
This problem is not too big to be solved. It's true that fixing the world's EMF pollution is a big challenge, requiring coordinated efforts by all kinds of organisations.