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Sustainability 2018, 10(9), 3326; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10093326

Introduction to the Special Issue “Electromagnetic Waves Pollution”

Department of Mathematics and Informatics Sciences, Physics Sciences and Earth Sciences, University of Messina, Messina, Viale D’Alcontres 31, I-98166 Messina, Italy
Received: 9 September 2018 / Revised: 13 September 2018 / Accepted: 16 September 2018 / Published: 18 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Electromagnetic Waves Pollution)
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Abstract

Modern technology has largely developed using energy forms of which the most relevant is surely electricity. Electric power stations generate alternate current at frequencies of 50 or 60 Hz, transmitted across high voltage transmission lines that are often located too near to buildings where humans live or work. In addition, home devices that work using alternate current expose humans to extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields. Furthermore, trams, electric trains, and some industrial processes generate static magnetic fields. Electromagnetic fields produce non-ionizing radiation, which gives rise to the so-called electromagnetic waves pollution, also named electrosmog. A large scientific production study showed harmful effects of exposure to EMFs. In view of these results, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection published international guidelines in order to recommend exposure limits to EMFs for occupational exposure and for general public exposure. The aim of this thematic issue is to give a further contribution to highlight the problem of electromagnetic waves pollution and to investigate the effects of exposure to EMFs on biological systems even below the EMF limits recommended by ICNIRP. View Full-Text
Keywords: electromagnetic waves pollution; electric power lines; static magnetic fields; extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields; health effects; cellular functions effects electromagnetic waves pollution; electric power lines; static magnetic fields; extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields; health effects; cellular functions effects
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