Why your phone's threatening wildlife

Central Station | 21 May 2018

Electromagnetic radiation from the world's communication systems - including WiFi, 2G/3G/4G, and powerlines - now poses a 'credible threat' to plants, insects, birds, and other animals.

Experts have slammed the lack of research and policy on the topic, dubbing it a "classic case of out of sight out of mind," and warn it could cause significant harm to wildlife species and the environment.

After poring through 97 papers, researchers determined the risks of this type of radiation may be far greater than previously considered. It could disrupt birds' and bugs' orientation and movement, and affect plant metabolic health, conservation pressure group Buglife warns.

And, with plans for 5G steadily gaining traction, the situation could soon be even worse.

Buglife CEO Matt Shardlow said: 'This is a classic case of out of sight out of mind, just because humans cannot see electromagnetic radiation this does not mean that animals cannot 'see' the pollution or be significantly impacted at a neural or cellular level."

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