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Wireless devices 'can cause cancer and affect developing brains'
Mobiles 'might have cognitive effects and impact on sleep' says professor leading separate study
An influential European body has warned that mobile phones and wi-fi Internet connection should be banned from schools as they are 'potentially harmful' to pupils.
A committee set up by the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states, has released a report which believes that it is crucial to tackle the issue now before it's too late,
"Some masts need planning permission, but others under a certain height can be erected without permission. We haven't had any applications for large masts for some time now."
At the start of the mobile phone boom, Rotherham Council opposed a number of applications for masts, including one next to the landmark Hoober Stand at Wentworth, which was eventually built nearer Rawmarsh.
There was also considerable opposition to a mast next to a school at Thrybergh after parents feared it would be a health risk and Rotherham currently has no masts sited on school premises.
The statistics have raised concerns from green campaigners who fear not enough is known about the effects of the masts on health. Two of the masts in Doncaster are on school property.
Orange masts at Mexborough and Rossington are sited in school grounds though the council stress they are t
he results of a private agreement between the schools and the phone company, negotiations in which the council was not involved.
The committee, which was made up of 84 MPs and politicians from member states, believes that member states should impose the following:
Introduce thresholds for levels of long-term exposure to microwaves emitted by mobile phones;
Make sure there is clear labelling on products which indicates that electromagnetic fields could be harmful;
Have a strict ban on all mobile phones and wireless networks in schools;
Begin information campaigns, aimed at children and young adults, about the risks to human health;
Increase research on less-dangerous types of antennae and mobile phones.
The World Health Organisation and the Department of Health had earlier ruled that exposure to electromagnetic fields poses little or no risk to human health, so these findings contradict that school of thought.
The Council of Europe - a highly respected organisation whose findings tend to steer government legislation - called on heads of state to 'take all reasonable measures to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields'.
The ban on mobile phones in schools was adopted unanimously by the organisation's Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs.
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Professor Les Barclay, the vice-chairman of the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme, told the Sunday Telegraph: 'We haven’t had mobile phones for very long and there are now studies going on to look for longer-term effects. 'There is very little evidence at the moment for harmful effects. The powers that mobile phones emit are getting less and less, and they are well below the limits set by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection. 'Banning mobile phones and wireless networks in schools is a step too far in my eyes.' However, a separate study, led by Professor Paul Elliot of Imperial College, London, was more damning. 'There are potential questions about whether mobile phones might have cognitive effects and impact on sleep,' Prof Elliot was quoted as saying in the Sunday Telegraph. 'Mobile phone technology is clearly incredibly beneficial and useful, but we have to weigh up those potential health effects, so it is responsible to do research on that. 'In children, that research has not yet really been done, so we need more research in this area. In the meantime the advice is not to be excessive in use.' General secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, Russell Hobby, said that a ban on mobile phones and wireless networks in schools would cause chaos. 'The impact on schools would be enormous,' he told the Sunday Telegraph. 'Most schools have wi-fi networks now, while pupils and teachers carry mobile phones. 'Many schools are shifting towards far more mobile computing so pupils can have laptops they can take home to do their homework on. This would prevent all of that.' Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk...