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Electromagnetic radiation from power lines a “very real” threat to wildlife: Study

Power lines, cell towers and other trappings of modern life may come with a higher price tag than anyone could have imagined. Research shows that the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) produced by our so-called technological advancements poses a substantial threat to wildlife (and to humans, for that matter). Environmental advocates are sounding the alarm, as the launch of 5G tech could cause even more trouble for surrounding flora and fauna.

EKLIPSE, a review panel funded by the European Union, analyzed data from 97 different studies before reaching the conclusion that EMR was a threat to insects, birds and plant life.

The threat of EMR to wildlife

The EKLIPSE analysis found that EMR was capable of disrupting the “magnetic orientation” across the the wildlife spectrum. These effects could harm birds, mammals and creepy-crawlies like insects and spiders.

In their conclusion, the study authors declared there is “an urgent need to strengthen the scientific basis of the knowledge on EMR and their potential impacts on wildlife.”

“In particular, there is a need to base future research on sound, high-quality, replicable experiments so that credible, transparent and easily accessible evidence can inform society and policy-makers to make decisions and frame their policies,” the authors stated further.

Experts say that in addition to disrupting normal movement patterns and orientation for bugs and birds, EMR can also alter insect metabolism.

The list of technologies that pose a threat to wildlife is quite lengthy already: Powerlines; radar; TV and radio broadcasting; Wi-Fi; and 2G, 3G and 4G networks are all capable of causing harm. The roll-out of 5G has many environmentalists concerned about what the toll of this purportedly faster service will take on Mother Nature.

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