According to a study carried out by Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) in Germany together with NGOs, exposure to electromagnetic radiation may have negative effects on insects: bees, flies, and wasps, primarily.
Electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobile phones and WiFi networks will affect these insects by causing certain insect cells to absorb more calcium ions—which then disrupting circadian rhythms and the immune system of affected insects.
The study also states that radiation in general has probably contributed to a decline in numbers for the insect population in Europe over the past few years. Radiation can also damage the genetic material and insect larvae, as well as affect insects’ biological navigational tools due to the disturbance of electromagnetic fields.
We will probably be seeing a 5G-ready world in the future, which may not bode well for insects. It isn’t clear if the insect world would be affected by 5G networks as they are expected to offer speeds 100 times faster than existing 4G networks.
However, the study has yet to be subject to peer review, for now. What we do know is that the rapid decline of the insect population might be correlated to the growing use of mobile technology all around the world—and further monitoring is required.
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Prepared by: Celine C.