How could 5G contribute to the loss of insects

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A Swiss nature preservation organisation has recently announced a warning regarding 5G.  According to this organisation, the arrival of the 5G network could have a harmful effect on insect populations.  Why is this this case?

Declining numbers of insects

The Swiss nature preservation organisation, Pro Natura recently published a statement highlighting the severe loss of insects over the last three decades.  According to the document, 75% of current diverse insect populations have already been wiped out.  While the number of insect species decreases, there are already 163 species believed to be extinct in the Switzerland.

Insects which are currently threatened include bees, butterflies, beetles plus many others.  However these insects are very useful to our ecosystem, particularly for their role in pollination.  Remember that a third of worldwide food production depends on these insects!  In addition, insects provide a primary source of nutrition for many other animals. Therefore insects represent an important link in the food chain and are, without a doubt, indispensable to the successful workings of our ecosystems.   

Warning regarding the new 5G technology

When it comes to the progressive disappearance of insects, it is unsurprising to find intensive agriculture and their massive use of pesticides as a primary cause.  However other human activities which result in the loss of natural habitats and nocturnal light pollution are also to blame. As the Swiss newspaper Le Matin highlights, Pro Natura discusses another study which points the finger at further source of danger.  The 5G network and development of the next wave of generalised networks could pose additional problems for insects!

The study was published in 2018 by the Scientific Reports journal and discusses the huge disparity between the wave frequencies generated by 4G and the new 5G network.  Wave frequencies for the 4G network are never higher that 6GHz meaning they are harmless to insects.  However there is an enormous difference when it comes to the new 5G network.  The wave frequencies generated by 5G can reach up to 120 GHz!  According to researchers, insect body temperatures can dramatically increase if the waves absorbed by insect’s antennas are more than 10 GHz.

Pro Natura wants governments to resist pressure from lobbies and as a result believes it is their responsibility to reduce radiation value limits. The organization even thinks telecommunication frequencies will operate at millimetric wavelengths of between 30 and 300 GHz in years to come.

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Are humans at risk?

A large number of studies have been carried out over the last two decades to determine whether mobile telephones present a potential risk for our health.  For the time being, there hasn’t been any link established between mobiles and a harmful effect on our health.”   This is a statement from the World Health Organisation made in 2014.

Electromagnetic waves are still a highly debated issue regarding their potential danger for our health.   In fact some people state they suffer from “electromagnetic hypersensitivity” while they are in contact with electrically charged devices.  According to sufferers this can result in sore heads, sleeping difficulties  or even convulsions or epileptic seizures.  Nevertheless there is very little scientific research regarding this topic and many countries to not officially recognize the controversially debated condition.


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