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REVOLT Newsletter 3

Revolt news 24/11/2011 Print (pdf) Version

1. Revolt news has from time to time referred to the problem of unsustainable population growth and the Optimum Population Trust. For the record that body has changed its name from February this year to Population Matters and its web site is now at

2. Revolt news has from time to time referred to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) and its special reports. This body was closed earlier this year as part of the UK coalition government’s savings. An archived web sight can be found at, from which reports can be downloaded.

3. Revolt news has from time to time referred to the Wegman report on the hockey stick controversy in global warming. This is one of two US Congressional investigations, the other being the NRC report, commissioned to assess the dispute over the iconic hockey-stick graph of historic global temperatures prominently used by the IPCC, and its methodology and the with-holding of data. Then as now the Wikipedia article on the “hockey stick controversy” gives a well-referenced and reasonable account of the dispute. The Wegman and NRC reports, in their different ways, recognised methodological errors as well as the fact that the overall results still showed a significant modern upturn in measures of global temperature. The Wegman report also gave a social networking analysis of the connections between the established IPCC authors. In 2010 the Wegman report was the subject of complaint of plagiarism (it seems taken from Wikipedia) in the presentation of social network theory; while the university investigation is still unresolved, and while plagiarism in presenting background theory would not necessarily invalidate the ideas or the findings, the allegation is of concern.

4. Ingrid Dickenson draws attention to an e-petition on the government web site calling for smart meters to be fibre-optic wired and not transmitting our private information by pulsed microwave to a street hub. Now that IARC has recognised mobile phone radiation as a possible human carcinogen (Class 2B), EMF health concerns become a recognised consideration alongside privacy concerns.

5. An SVU newsletter of 22-11-11 alerts readers to the risk of a third National Grid line in the Bramford-Twinstead area of Suffolk and Essex. There is an existing 400kV line plus the proposed new one going through IPC. SVU examine NG’s own data for future capacity and demand on the grid, suggesting demand will, by 2021, come close to the increased capacity after the new line is built. SVU say “Thus in 6 to 8 years time, we could all be in the same position as we are in now: fighting again to stop yet another pylon proposal from National Grid.”

6. SVU link their concern to the prospect of new gas-fired power stations adding to need for capacity on the grid. “Recent announcements of the discovery of vast amounts of shale gas in Lancashire and elsewhere on the UK mainland have been pronounced as a potential "game changer" with respect to energy sourcing in the UK.” See for more on shale gas.

7. The longest-running petition (PE812) to the Scottish Parliament closed this month. The petition was submitted by Stirling Before Pylons in 2005 and has gone through many stages and considerations. Caroline Paterson says “The main problem is that PE812 questioned government policy and for that the Scottish Government relied on the HPA (WHO) and SAGE and failed to review the scientific evidence or review counter arguments. The committee members say they have closed it with reluctance and did refer to growing evidence and legislation in other countries, but want “conclusive” evidence and clearly trust the HPA to advise of future studies (which they have not done in the last 5 years – so why trust them now!)”

8. An EU Commission (DG Sanco) conference was held in Brussels 16-18 Nov on EMF and Public Health. Prior concerns had been expressed by the International EMF Alliance (IEMFA) “about the lack of transparency, impartiality and pluralism” in the plans for the conference. In the event many with concerns attended, including Alasdair Philips and Graham Lamburn of Powerwatch and Prof Denis Henshaw of Bristol University. According to reports, voices of concern were well expressed and heard. The final speaker began a concluding address by saying there was a crisis in EMF science and a crisis in public health. It remains to be seen how the key scientific policy advisers like SCENIHR and the policy makers in the Commission respond.

9. The Rudiger-Lerchl controversy (news285, 286 etc.) on probity of studies, and of their critics, into effects of mobile phone radiation involves a third prominent player, Dr Frans Adlkofer, who gave a lecture on 3 Nov to the Harvard Law School titled “Protection Against Radiation is in Conflict with Science”. He said that studies such as REFLEX were not taken into account in the IARC classification of mobile phone radiation, and had they been, the classification likely would have changed from “possibly” carcinogenic to “probably”. The lecture can be seen from a link at

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