Electromagnetic radiation and wildlife

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Bird flu – could an escalating number of phone masts be relevant? In a newsletter on the Cellphone Task Force site Arthur Firstenberg asks whether the extremely high mortality rate at two Dutch sandwich tern breeding sites and one French one could be related to the doubling of mobile phone masts and antennae in the immediate vicinity of the sites. Other colonies in more isolated locations with very low levels of cell phone usage suffered no deaths at all. August 2022

Experiment finds that shrubs die when placed next to wireless routers. Long article in Daily Mail. December 2013

Aphids reaction to radar situated 13 miles way from them. 09/12

Expert group from the Bombay Natural History Society, reviewing 919 studies does in India and abroad on effect of mobile phone towers on animals, bird and insects and found that 593 shows a negative effect. 10/12

More evidence that colony collapse could be caused by mobile phone radiation

Resonance effects indicate a radical-pair mechanism for avian magnetic compass
A research paper published in Nature 2004 by Thorsten Ritz, Peter Thalau, John B. Phillips, Roswitha Wiltschko & Wolfgang Wiltschko



Research Reports


'Electrosmog' disrupts orientation in migratory birds. May 2014

Scientific evidence is increasingly showing that RF/microwave exposure is a bio-hazard that can affect a wide range of health outcomes in humans, animals and plants. Drosophila oogenesis as a bio-marker responding to EMF sources. October 2013

Research in Gujarat measure significant damage to tulsi and spinach plants when exposed to electromagnetic wave energy. Report in the Times of India October 2012

Power lines confuse the internal compass of migrating birds – could there also be a relevance to the effect of electrosmog on humans? 07/12

Exposure to cell phone radiations produces biochemical changes in worker honey bees.

Electromagnetic waves originating from mobile phones induce the worker bee piping signal that, in natural conditions, either announces the swarming process of the bee colony or is a signal of a disturbed bee colony. 03/10

Does wi-fi damage trees?

Birds, bees and mankind

Electromagnetic pollution from phone masts and the effect on wildlife

A study is being carried out exposing eggs and tadpoles of the common frog to several mobile phone antennas

Varroa Mite or Electromagnetic Fields? New Research into the Death of Bees from the German Kompetenzinitiative

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Concerns Over Potential Radiation Impacts of Cellular Communication Towers on Migratory Birds and
Other Wildlife
- Congressional Staff Briefing (power point)

Mobile antenna makes calves blind

Research on possible effects of electromagnetic radiation from mobile phone base stations on birds in the wild

Transmission tower emissions cripple farm operation in Germany

First Published in April 1997

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