May 21, 2018
Wildlife may be up against an invisible adversary.
A new review suggests 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.
A new EKLIPSE report has examined the impacts of electromagnetic radiation on wildlife through a meta-analysis of papers addressing the subject.
According to Buglife, who proposed the review, there are ‘surprisingly few’ published studies about EMR’s impact on wildlife.
After poring through 97 papers, the 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, Buglife warns.
Authors of the EKLIPSE report warn that there is ‘an urgent need to strengthen the scientific basis of the knowledge on EMR and their potential impacts on wildlife.’
This article was posted: Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7:47 am