5G has already begun its concrete entry into the market in many countries in the world, in some of the fastest-growing economies. With larger-than-ever connectivity needs, the 5G network supposedly closes the demand gap. However, there have been a number of appeals against the network due to a lack of research and data available to demonstrate its safety and reliability.
In 2017, more than 180 scientists from 36 countries proposed a temporary prohibition of the 5G rollout because of the lack of available data and research on its impacts on humans and the environment. Furthermore, 5G networks will only enhance and drastically increase the level of EMF radiations on top of those from 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. There are a couple of reasons why these scientists continue to advocate against the new network’s mass rollout:
- 5G inevitably results in increased exposure to wireless radiation: As we’ve explored, 5G networks are only fully effective over short distances and may even become weaker if there are more obstructions (solid objects) in the way. Hence, the need for multiple antennas in a small environment – and this can significantly up the current exposure. The scientists affirmed that 5G networks would only worsen the current radiation, since it would be on top of other machines and devices that we use on a daily basis.
- Harmful effects of EMFs that have already been proven: We’ve previously explored this, but EMFs have been proven to be harmful for the body’s DNA, cause oxidative stress, potentially lead to EHS (electromagnetic hypersensitivity) and more. There’s concrete data proving this, and thus increased EMF exposure will only augment the effects and on a larger scale. 230 scientists from 40 different countries have already appealed this and called for greater protection against EMFs.
The scientists called out a number of basic precautions such as the Precautionary Principle (2005 UNESCO), which mentions the idea that all human activities that have the potential to cause harm should have actions taken against them to diminish the harm. Furthermore, the resolution 1815, adopted by the Council of Europe in 2011, requires all reasonable measures to be taken to reduce EMF exposure as much as possible.
Furthermore, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) industry guidelines are fully “obsolete” according to the scientists because all harmful radiation effects that have occurred, have done so under these safety guidelines – and thus new ones are necessary. The scientists have also called out the conflict of interests between ICNIRP members and telecommunications companies that have prevented the creation of new policies.
Unfortunately, there has been no further progress from the EU on these appeals, however, some countries have begun to properly implement EMF protection such as France, and the EU has recognized EHS as an official illness. However, more action needs to be taken, and with all the research gathered by the scientists, it is vital we take precautions now before it’s too late.
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