Electromagnetic fields from powerlines, mobile phones, mobile phone masts, smart meters and wireless devices also impacts birds, bees, wildlife, plant life and our natural environment.
2018 – EKLIPSE REPORT, an EU-funded review body dedicated to policy that may impact biodiversity and the ecosystem, looked at over 97 studies on how electromagnetic radiation may affect the environment. It concluded this radiation could indeed pose a potential risk to bird and insect orientation and plant health.
- Malkemper EP, Tscheulin T, VanBergen AJ, Vian A, Balian E, Goudeseune L (2018). The impacts of artificial Electromagnetic Radiation on wildlife (flora and fauna). Current knowledge overview: a background document to the web conference.
- Goudeseune L, Balian E, Ventocilla J (2018). The impacts of artificial Electromagnetic Radiation on wildlife (flora and fauna). Report of the web conference. A report of the EKLIPSE project.
Plant and Trees
Radiofrequency radiation injures trees around mobile phone base stations. Waldmann-Selsam C, Balmori-de la Puente A, Breunig H, Balmori A (2016)
MORE STUDIES ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF EMFs ON WILDLIFE AND OUR ENVIRONMENT:
Environmental Health Trust Bees, Butterflies, Wildlife and EMFs
Other Environmental and Human Considerations:
Many companies like to equate “smart” technology with energy saving and being green and good for the environment. Wireless technology is neither a sustainable nor environmentally-friendly technology because wireless connectivity uses far more energy than wired connectivity.
For starters, vast amounts of mining of tin, lead, cobalt etc is required for components. Workers who mine for these raw components work in extremely unsafe conditions for very little pay. Children, some as young as four, are also forced to work in mines.
Mobile phone masts and base stations are constantly on. Data centres where information is stored and downloaded and streamed from to mobiles, tablets and computers require immense amounts of electricity for cooling systems and the electrical power to process information to billions of devices around the globe.
With technology companies bringing out new and updated phones and devices regularly, consider the environmental implications of disposing old ones. Much of these are illegally exported to dumps in developing countries, causing toxic waste and harm to those working at the dumps and living nearby.
Smartphones Are Killing The Planet Faster Than Anyone Expected https://www.fastcompany.com/90165365/smartphones-are-wrecking-the-planet-faster-than-anyone-expected
E-lephants in Our Hands: How Electronics Impact Climate Change – By Katie Singer https://www.electronicsilentspring.com/e-lephants/
Friends of The Earth – Mining for Smartphones – The True Cost of Tin https://friendsoftheearth.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/tin_mining.pdf
Four-Year-Old Children Are Being Forced To Mine For Cobalt To Make Smartphones Work – http://www.trueactivist.com
The environmental cost of making a smartphone – www.naturalnews.com
Toxic ‘e-waste’ dumped in poor nations, says United Nations https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/dec/14/toxic-ewaste-illegal-dumping-developing-countries
Do Mobile Phones Cost the Earth? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6174422.stm