The debate over the dangers of the Fifth Generation Technology popularly known as 5G in telecoms is one that is not likely to go away soon, made worse by efforts by some interested parties to jettison reason and scientific evidence for political partisanship.
The uproar however came to head with a recent appeal to the European Union by over 180 scientists and doctors from 36 countries warning about the dangers of 5G, which will lead to a massive increase in involuntary exposure to electromagnetic radiation. The scientists urge the EU to follow Resolution 1815 of the Council of Europe, asking for an independent task force to reassess the health effects.
In the letter, the scientists notes that “we, the undersigned scientists, recommend a moratorium on the roll-out of the fifth generation, 5G, for telecommunication until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry.
5G will substantially increase exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) on top of the 2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi etc. for telecommunications already in place. RF-EMF has been proven to be harmful for humans and the environment.”
The expansion of the 5G network, intended to enable faster wireless transmission of larger amounts of data, requires the installation of many more antennas in urban areas. In this way, the scientists argue, there is no longer anyone escaping the potentially harmful effects of radiation. After all, we are already exposed to 2G, 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi radiation.
5G Network Health Risk
Speaking on the need to speak out and speak up, one of the initiators of the appeal Dr. L. Hardell, Professor of Oncology at Örebro University in Sweden said that “the telecom industry is trying to roll out technology that may have very real, unintended harmful consequences. Scientific studies, both recently and over many years, have identified harmful effects on health when testing wireless products under realistic conditions. We are very concerned that the increase in radiation exposure by 5G leads to damage that cannot be reversed”.
According to Dr. Hardell “the fifth generation (5G) of radio frequency radiation is now being developed. This is done without dosimetric determination or study of the possible health effects. The media praise in particular all the possibilities that this technology promises to offer, such as the self-propelled car and Internet of Things (IoT).
The consequences for the health of humans, plants and animals are not discussed at all. Politicians, governments and the media are responsible for unbalanced information. Ordinary people are not informed of conflicting opinions about this technological development. Health effects from radio frequency radiation are a non issue in the media, at least in Sweden, but also in most other countries”. Adding his voice to the debate, Martin L. Pall, PhD, one of the initiators said that there are compelling body of evidence for eight distinct types of great harm caused by EMF exposures and the mechanism that causes them.
On whether the European Commission intends to set up a European task force of independent and impartial scientists on electromagnetic fields to examine the health risks, the Commission states that ‘under Article 168 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the primary responsibility for protecting the public from potential harmful effects of electromagnetic fields remains with the Member States, including the choice of measures to be adopted based on age and health status.’
In response to the outcry, many countries have begun to halt the deployments of the technology to give them time for adequate investigations. First to tow the line in Europe is Slovenia. According to Minister Rudi Medved “Slovenia stops the introduction of 5G technology: We do not know if it is dangerous to humans” He stated that the country will reopen the debate on potential health risks. In the Netherlands, the Parliament is concerned about the health risks of radiation from the new 5G network. Political parties urgently want to know what the state of affairs is regarding possible dangers before masts are installed on a large scale.
GroenLinks urged the Health Council of the Netherlands to carry out an independent investigation into 5G radiation. Member of Parliament Laura Bromet: We still do not know about the dangers to public health. Little research has been undertaken into the effects of 5G.
We have to take people’s concerns seriously and investigate this. The Rome resolution asks “the mayor to stop the 5G trial and not to raise the limit values in the threshold of electromagnetic radiation avoiding the positioning of millimeter microwave antennas on homes, schools, day centers, recreation centers, street lamps and more.” Rome Councilor Massimiliano Quaresima stated, “I am in favor of technological progress but not on the experimentation of 5G technology in the absence of scientific data on the repercussions for health.”
Also, a petition asking the German Parliament to stop the award of 5G frequencies has reached 54,643 signatures, surpassing the quorum, reports ‘Diagnose: Funk’. The petitioners request the German Parliament to suspend the procedure to award 5G frequencies based on scientifically justified doubts about the safety of this technology.