The Daily Telegraph

Ra­di­a­tion from 5G will harm birds and in­sects, warns char­ity

- By Sarah Knap­ton SCIENCE ED­I­TOR Animals · Ecology · Entomology · Wildlife · Zoology · Biology · United Nations

THE roll-out of 5G poses a threat to wildlife be­cause elec­tro­mag­netic ra­di­a­tion from phone masts is hurt­ing birds and bugs, a study has sug­gested.

En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists fear greater harm could be caused fol­low­ing an anal­y­sis of 97 stud­ies by the Eu-funded review body EKLIPSE, which con­cluded that ra­di­a­tion is a po­ten­tial risk to in­sect and bird ori­en­ta­tion and plant health.

Char­ity Buglife warned that there was lit­tle on­go­ing re­search to as­sess the im­pact, or ap­ply pol­lu­tion lim­its.

And it called for 5G trans­mit­ters to be placed away from street lights, which at­tract in­sects, or ar­eas where they could harm wildlife. Matt Shard­low, CEO of Buglife said: “There is a cred­i­ble risk that 5G could im­pact sig­nif­i­cantly on wildlife, and that plac­ing trans­mit­ters on LED street lamps, which at­tract noc­tur­nal in­sects such as moths, in­creases ex­po­sure and risk.

“We call for all 5G pi­lots to in­clude de­tailed stud­ies of their in­flu­ence and im­pacts on wildlife, and for the re­sults of those stud­ies to be made pub­lic.”

As of March, 237 sci­en­tists had signed an ap­peal to the United Na­tions ask­ing it to take the risks of EMR more se­ri­ously. The review au­thors con­cluded there is “an ur­gent need to strengthen the sci­en­tific knowl­edge on EMR” and its im­pact on wildlife.

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