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. 
  • 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. The dramatic worldwide decline of populations of birds, insects and other biota makes this an urgent issue.
  • There is an immediate need to regulate–systematically and thoroughly–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), as well as at a distance. … in all species that have been studied adequately. 
  • Cumulative and synergistic effects can occur with co-exposures to chemicals. 
  • The current roll-out of novel technologies is increasing wireless radiation levels, and also introducing frequencies and modulations never before used in such a widespread manner. 
  • 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 Ministers and authorities addressing biodiversity, including delegates who attended COP15. These would be your Minister of Environment and associates, as well as independent representatives. Share your concerns with Ministers, authorities, delegates and observers to raise awareness. Share with your community to build support.
  • As your government consults and formulates plans to meet Target 7, request that they include reduction of radiofrequency and low frequency anthropogenic electromagnetic radiation pollution in your country’s plan to meet International Convention on Biodiversity, Target 7.
  • Request that delegates introduce radiofrequency and low frequency anthropogenic electromagnetic radiation pollution during upcoming meetings regarding the International Convention on Biodiversity, Target 7.
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