Is our smartphone addiction affecting the environment? The answer may seem obvious, but it is not. The penetration of technology has increased exponentially over the years,But it is not just the waste that is harming the flora and fauna of our planet. A recent investigation suggests that the radiation emitted by mobile networks (2G, 3G, 4G) and WiFi supposes a real threat for plants, insects and animals.
It has been the British organizationwhich has echoed the lack of studies on the impact that telephone and electricity networks have on the environment. For this reason, he proposed to EKLIPSE, a European project for sustainable development, to make a report on the impact of artificial electromagnetic radiation on wildlife. EKLIPSE carried out a meta-analysis of 97 studies whose conclusions are worrisome.
The authors of the report, who, alert about “Urgent need to strengthen the scientific basis of knowledge about MRA and its possible impacts on wildlife” . Their results affirm that networks like 4G or WiFi could “Interrupt the orientation and movement of birds and insects, in addition to affecting the metabolic health of plants” . The problem , they point out, is that “The evidence is limited and incomplete” . Without having a solid scientific basis, It is impossible to determine exactly how much and how our use of technology affects the fauna and flora.
The fault of this is that, as the saying goes, out of sight, out of mind. According to the CEO of Buglife, “Simply because humans can not see electromagnetic radiation, does not mean that animals can not see pollution or be significantly affected at the neuronal or cellular level” . To give you an idea, mobile networks could affect the reproduction mechanisms of the invertebrates and even the population of certain species . Until there are solid long-term studies, it can not be confirmed accurately.
The problem, according to the study, could be aggravated with the arrival of 5G.
This, which may seem unimportant to us, it is not so much . As they collect in the, in the last century an average of two species of vertebrates per year , and the population of them has diminished almost 60% between 1970 and 2012 , not to mention that 41% of amphibian species and more than a quarter of mammals are in danger of extinction. This line of research should be investigated and, after discovering how and how much the networks affect, Act accordingly . The sooner we start, the sooner we finish.