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Declining Numbers of Insects

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?

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. 


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!

The 5G network and development of the next wave of generalised networks could pose additional problems for insects!


Have you noticed the reduction of insects around your home over the last few years? While many assume it’s climate change, there have been studies conducted to show that electromagnetic radiation can have devastating effects on wildlife.



“Warnke found that cellular devices had a detrimental impact on bees.  In this study, beehives exposed for just ten minutes to 900MHz waves fell victim to colony collapse disorder. Colony collapse disorder is when many of the bees living in the hive abandon the hive leaving the queen, the eggs, and a few worker bees. The worker bees exposed to this radiation also had worsened navigational skills, causing them to stop returning to their original hive after about ten days.


Bees are an incredibly important part of the earth’s ecosystem. Around one-third of the food produced today is dependent on bees for pollination, making bees are a vital part of the agricultural system. Bees not only provide pollination for the plant-based food we eat, but they are also important to maintaining

the food livestock eats. Without bees, a

vast majority of the food eaten today

would be lost or at the very least highly

limited. Climate change has already

caused a large decline in the world’s 

bee population.”



A study from the Mount Nardi area, a World Heritage site in New South Wales, Australia is just one important study that shows the effects on our wildlife from mobile phone cell towers. The author, Mark Broomhall, states that:
“70 to 90% of the wildlife has become rare or has disappeared from the Nightcap National Park within a 2-3 km radius of the Mt. Nardi tower complex”.  His data also reveals that:

  • 3 bat species once common have become rare or gone

  • 11 threatened and endangered bird species are gone

  • 11 migratory bird species are gone

  • 86 bird species are demonstrating unnatural behaviours

  • 66 once common bird species are now rare or gone

 A great summary of the article can be found here:

And the full report is here:


Other animals affected by EMR, as shown through studies:
“The millimeter waves, specifically, have been linked to many disturbances in the ecosystems of birds. In a study by the Centre for Environment and Vocational Studies of Punjab University, researchers observed that after exposure to radiation from a cell tower for just 5-30 minutes, the eggs of sparrows were disfigured.”



Sivani, S. & Sudarsanam, D. Impacts of radio-frequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) from cell phone towers and wireless devices on biosystem and ecosystem- a review. Biology and Medicine. Volume 4, Issue 4, Pages 202-2016. January 6, 2013.

Warnke, Ulrich. Birds, Bees and Humankind: Destroying Nature by ’Electrosmog’. Competence Initiative for the Protection of Humanity, Environment and Democracy. March 2009.

Sadler, Barry & Karen Brown. IAIA International Headquarters in association with Institute of Environmental Assessment. Principles of Environmental Impact Assessment Best Practice. May 2012. 

Energy Consumption

Another well studied area of 5G impacts are that on its energy consumption, for instance “5G is expected to consume up to three times the energy it takes to power the LTE networks, according to IEEE Spectrum, since 5G requires more power-hungry base stations to ensure full coverage.

“The 5G network will inevitably cause a large increase in energy usage among consumers, which is already one of the main contributors to climate change. Additionally, the manufacturing and maintenance of the new technologies associated with 5G creates waste and uses important resources that have detrimental consequences for the environment.”

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