Human Generated Radiation is Harming Wildlife
Oblivious to the natural pace of evolution which has miraculously birthed and sustained life for eons, the wireless industry, spurred on by futurists’ vision of the “possible”, stands poised to dictate where evolution will take us and when it will get us there. But our earth was not consulted. Wildlife is being decimated and the future is looking increasingly bleak.
In his magnum opus – Bees, Birds, and Humans – on Electrosmog’s Destructive Effects on Nature, Bio-scientist, Dr. Ulrich Warnke states:
The information-processing and function systems of today’s humans, plants and animals are bombarded with artificial magnetic, electric and electromagnetic fields from numerous mobile and telecommunications sources in a concentration and intensity as never before. The consequences of these developments put forth by their critics cannot be overlooked any longer. Bees and other insects are disappearing. Birds avoid certain regions and are disoriented in others. Humans suffer functional problems and other sicknesses. And the evidence that suggests some of these problems may be inheritable means we’re passing them on to the next generation.
Humans and all life on this planet depend on the natural world for sustenance. As forgiving as our earth is, her patience is wearing thin.
What has also been known to science for many decades is that we as humans depend on this natural environment for many of our vital functions. Today, however, this natural information and functional system of humans, animals, and plants has been superimposed by an unprecedented dense and energetic mesh of artificial magnetic, electrical and electromagnetic fields, generated by numerous mobile radio and wireless communication technologies.
Growing electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from our digital world – though imperceptible to humans – is wreaking havoc on the natural world. We do not yet know to what degree and in what ways this deluge of frequencies and modulations – carrying mega amounts of data through our atmosphere – is affecting each being on the planet. But what is increasingly clear is that wireless expansion is not sustainable.
Impediments to understanding the full impact of electromagnetic radiation on wildlife
There are major obstacles preventing us from understanding the full impacts of electromagnetic radiation on wildlife. In India, in 2010, An Expert Committee to Study the possible Impacts of Communication Towers on Wildlife including Birds and Bees was tasked with submitting a report and recommendations to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. This Committee delineated four main reasons why environmental impacts from electromagnetic radiation are so difficult to discern and quantify:
- Ubiquitous exposure to EMR radiation is a relatively new phenomenon
- EMR is invisible
- We have not had the time or means to track long-term impacts and lack standard protocols to study these
- There is a lack of data and no control group
The report states that although there is ample information on the impacts of EMR on human health, “these results cannot be extrapolated to reflect impacts on wildlife since the impact highly varies even within [the] same species depending on multiple factors such as body size, age, earthing, fat content in the body, objects in the immediate vicinity, and so on.”
Moreover, some animals respond to stimuli at far subtler levels than our measuring devices can discern thus adding further to our inability to understand the impacts of EMR on wildlife.
The Expert Committee recommended that more studies be conducted to assess long-term harms to wildlife, and that until we have a better understanding, we should take a precautionary approach.
It is a long way to go before we can have the required long-term ‘species specific data’ to decide on the threshold exposure levels for various wildlife species. Till such time a precautionary principle approach to be used to minimize the exposure levels and we may have to move ahead and adopt stricter norms followed in some other countries like Russia, China, New Zealand etc.
Unfortunately, here in the US, industry and our government have chosen a very different course – that of unleashing millions of new “small cells” throughout the country, in both rural as well as urban areas.
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR ABOUT HARMS TO WILDLIFE
In an attempt to give us a visceral understanding of what’s going on at the cellular level when living beings are bombarded by EMR, in an article, Dying Bees: To Gabble or Gobble? author Benjamin Seller gives the following analogy:
“Living cells bombarded with all this technically generated radiation is like a classical guitar ensemble attempting to play Vivaldi, while right next to them ear-splitting rock music suddenly pumps out of 1000 watt loudspeakers: the classical musicians go out of time and can’t play together any more. …If cells ‘go out of time’, the organism becomes sick.”
It is therefore not surprising that different forms of life from the tiniest to the largest would be affected by EMR pollution, as we are all comprised of living cells. Bio-scientist, Ulrich Warnke writes:
“Effects of the Earth’s field and of its compensation or effects of weak artificial fields have been detected in life at all levels of development: with bacteria, single and multi-cellular algae, higher plants, protozoa, flatworms, insects, snails and vertebrates.”
Warnke then goes on to describe some of these effects:
- “Magneto bacteria (Aquaspirillum magnetotacticum)—sludge at the bottom of the oceans—utilise the intensity of the Earth’s magnetic field for orientation.”
- “Fish navigate using the Earth’s magnetic field.”
- “Bees make use of the Earth’s magnetic field and its daily fluctuations for their orientation and communication. They also gain information on weather developments through the natural impulse signals in the atmosphere.”
- “Whales can sense the magnetic field of the Earth.”
- “Carrier pigeons are affected by variations in the Earth’s magnetic field down to flux densities in the nano-Tesla region.”
- “Migratory birds have a mechanism, which acts like a compass.”
In a review article, Impacts of radio-frequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) from cell phone towers and wireless devices on biosystem and ecosystem, authors, S Sivani and D. Sudarsanam, from the Department of Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology at Loyola College in India, tell us that:
“RF-EMF radiation exposure can change neurotransmitter functions, blood-brain barrier, morphology, electrophysiology, cellular metabolism, calcium efflux, and gene and protein expression in certain types of cells even at lower intensities.”
In August of 2010, an Expert Committee to Study the possible Impacts of Communication Towers on Wildlife including Birds and Bees convened in India. Tasked with reviewing all the studies done to date both in India and abroad on “aspects of ill effects of mobile towers on animals, birds, and insects” they concluded:
The review of existing literature shows that the EMRs are interfering with the biological systems in more ways than one and there had already been some warning bells sounded in the case on bees and birds, which probably heralds the seriousness of this issue and indicates the vulnerability of other species as well. Despite a few reassuring reports, a vast majority of published literature indicate deleterious effects of EMFs in various species. The window of frequency range and exposure time required to make measurable impacts would vary widely among species and unfortunately we do not have any such data available for most of our free-living floral and faunal species in India. There is an urgent need to focus more scientific attention to this area before it would be too late.
The Expert Committee then offered a series of in-depth recommendations to India’s Ministry of Environment and Forest, which can be accessed here.
The full statement of their conclusions can be found here.
Though, in general, the US lags far behind other countries in recognizing the harms of EMR to wildlife and taking measures to preserve our flora and fauna, on February 7th, 2014, the US Department of the Interior wrote a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration stating:
“The placement and operation of communication towers….impact protected migratory birds in two significant ways.
The first is by injury, crippling loss, and death from collisions with towers and their supporting guy-wire infrastructure, where present. ….[and] impacts from non- ionizing electromagnetic radiation emitted by these structures.”
For more about the effects of EMR on wildlife, please see Katie Singer’s summary of studies of the effects of wireless technology on wildlife.
EFFECTS OF WIRELESS RADIATION ON BIRDS, BEES, AND OTHER POLLINATORS
The following series of articles discuss the effects of wireless radiation on Bees and other pollinators.
DYING BEES: TO GABBLE OR GOBBLE? – Benjamin Seller.
“We have never seen so many different viruses together. We also found fungi, flagellates and other micro-organisms. This multiplicity of pathogens is confusing.” Van Engelsdorp suggests that the mysterious phenomenon is due to an immune deficiency, and poses the vital question: “Are these agents the causative stress factor or the consequences of a totally different stress?” Dennis van Engelsdorp of the American Association of Professional Apiculturists
BEES, BIRDS AND MANKIND – Destroying nature by “electrosmog” By Ulrich Warnke
To download full PDF file, go to, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/241538484_BEES_BIRDS_AND_MANKIND
This 2008 document is perhaps the most comprehensive coverage of the topic of bees and birds to date. It also includes a section about how radiation disorients birds thus contributing to birds colliding into towers.
“Our future will depend on whether we can return to more human, social and ethical values again in the shaping of our lives and our relationship with nature.”
“In this paper, he [Ulrich] shows how wise and sensitive nature was about using electrical and magnetic fields in the creation of life. But he can for this reason also convincingly criticise the present foolish and irresponsible interference in nature’s house- keeping. It is clear from his paper that the powers that be in politics, the economy and science are in the process of destroying what nature has built up over millions of years.”
“Everyone who thinks beyond today and who inquires about what it means to be human is, in our opinion, called upon to contribute to this future: politicians guided by values rather than economical and tactical election issues; scientists and doctors more often remembering their obligation to the wellbeing of society and mankind; companies understanding, also in Germany, that profit and morality must be in harmony if they wish to remain successful in the long term. But what we need above all is critical citizens, who can spot the difference between technical progress and consumer foolishness: Citizens who, in both their roles as voters and consumers, remember that democracy once meant rule of the people, not ruling the people.”
“But if bees and other insects disappear, if birds are no longer present in their traditional territories and humans suffer from inexplicable functional deficiencies, then each on its own may appear puzzling at first. The apparently unrelated and puzzling phenomena actually have a common trigger, however. Man-made technology created magnetic, electrical and electromagnetic transmitters which fundamentally changed the natural electromagnetic energies and forces on earth’s surface – radically changing million- year-old pivotal controlling factors in biologicalevolution.”
TOO MUCH MOBILE RINGING WILL SOON MEAN BIRDS NO LONGER SINGING – Reports are flooding in from around the world about the lethal threat of mobile communications to birds. CARRIER PIGEONS NO LONGER ABLE TO FIND THEIR WAY HOMEBy Benjamin Seller. Facts Are Facts, No. 4, Page 2.
Well referenced article on the various ways radio frequency microwave radiation affects different species of birds.
DISTURBING HONEYBEES’ BEHAVIOR WITH ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES: A METHODOLOGY | Danial Favre | Published, Aug. 7th, 2017 | Journal of Behavior, JSciMed Central
COLLATERAL DAMAGE FROM TECHNOLOGY
(Beyond the negative impacts of radio frequency/microwave radiation on wildlife, there are various other ways that our technology is harming wildlife. Following are a few such examples.)
GRAUER GORILLA POPULATION IN THE CONGO:
Illegal mining hits Congo gorilla population: conservationists JOHANNESBURG
This Reuter’s article discusses the devastation and plunder our digital mania is causing to Grauer gorillas in the Congo. Though the environmental threat is not from EMR, this impact wildlife,
BIRDS COLLIDING WITH CELL TOWERS AND OTHER STRUCTURES:
TOWERS, TURBINES, POWER LINES, AND BUILDINGS—STEPS BEING TAKEN BY THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE TO AVOID OR MINIMIZE TAKE OF MIGRATORY BIRDS AT THESE STRUCTURES – By ALBERT M. MANVILLE, II
Proceedings of the Fourth International Partners in Flight Conference: Tundra to Tropics 262–272
“As imperiled bird populations continue to increase, new challenges arise from the effects of growing numbers of communication towers, power lines, commercial wind facilities, and buildings. This paper briefly reviews steps the USFWS is taking to seriously address structural impacts to migratory birds.”
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ON THE EFFECTS OF EMF ON WILDLFE