OVERVIEW: Electromagnetic Radiation from Modern Technologies and Biodiversity

An Environmental Pollutant 

Our world’s ever increasing use of wireless technology is increasing ambient levels of non ionizing radiofrequency and lower frequency electromagnetic radiation (wireless radiation).

This exposure has been found to impact flora and fauna at astonishingly low levels. 

The resources and energy (and associated carbon) to create and to power new technologies continues to mount, as increasing use of devices outstrips any efficiency improvements.

Rising Environmental Levels 

  • Rising environmental levels of EMR has serious implications for biodiversity and ecosystem health. 
  • Increasing numbers of structures with multiple cellular network antennas are being installed worldwide in urban, rural and wilderness areas. Dense deployments of small cell antennas are appearing along streets. Thousands more telecommunications satellites are being launched with ground stations and networks that further increase wireless radiation exposures. 

A Regulatory Gap

  • National / federal regulations are not designed to protect flora nor fauna from wireless radiation. 
  • The dramatic worldwide decline of populations of birds, insects and other biota makes this an urgent issue. According to scientists who specialize in this field, exposure to wireless radiation at ambient levels may well be a co-factor, along with pesticides, habitat loss and climate change. 
  • There is an urgent need to regulate systematically, anthropogenic non-ionizing radio- and lower frequency electromagnetic radiation.  

Mounting Scientific Evidence 

  • Scientific research indicates that flora and fauna, including insects, birds and trees, can be affected adversely.
  • Adverse effects have been observed at ambient and low-intensity levels of exposure, such as from Wi-Fi and cell towers (base stations) and at a distance. … in all species adequately studied. 
  • Cumulative and synergistic effects can occur with co-exposures to chemicals. 
  • The current rollout of novel technologies is increasing wireless radiation levels, and also introducing frequencies and modulations never used in such a widespread way before. 
  • Higher frequency millimeter waves uniquely impact pollinators and other insects as the signals resonate with their small bodies, resulting in much greater energy absorption into their tissues.   

Action Needed 

  • Contact your delegates at COP15 on the Convention on Biological Diversity NOW. This will include your Environment Minister.
  • Request that they reference radiofrequency and low frequency anthropogenic electromagnetic radiation pollution in the International Convention on Biodiversity, Target 7.
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