Radiofrequency radiation injures trees around mobile phone base stations.

• High frequency nonionizing radiation is
becoming increasingly common.
• This study found a high level of damage
to trees in the vicinity of phone masts.
• Deployment has been continued without
consideration of environmental impact.

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Harmful Effects of GSM Waves Demonstrated on Ants and Protozoa

In a first series of experiments [2], researchers observed that under the effect of a wave generator similar to that of a GSM, the learning capacity as well as olfactory and visual capacities was affected with average scores on the order of 50% compared to the control group. Sheltered from the waves and after a period of recuperation of 30 hours, the ants regained a certain memorization capacity (60-80%).

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Sense of Smell and Sight Perturbed in Ants Exposed to GSM Radiation

The kinetics of the acquisition and loss of the use of olfactory and visual cues were previously obtained in six experimental colonies of the ant Myrmica sabuleti meinert 1861, under normal conditions. In the present work, the same experiments were conducted on six other naive identical colonies of M. sabuleti, under electromagnetic radiation similar to those surrounding GSM and communication masts.

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Experiences from a veterinary clinic- Cause of illness: Electromagnetic high frequencies

Cause of illness: Electromagnetic high frequencies from domestic telephone systems and networks

Can electromagnetic high frequencies be so harmful that they represent a cause of illness for our house pets and for ourselves?

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Study Sheds Light on How Birds Navigate by Magnetic Field

Birds are famously good navigators. Some migrate thousands of miles, flying day and night, even when the stars are obscured. And for decades, scientists have known that one navigational skill they employ is an ability to detect variations in the earth’s magnetic field.

How this magnetic sense works, however, has been frustratingly difficult to figure out.

Now, two researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Le-Qing Wu and David Dickman, have solved a central part of that puzzle, identifying cells in a pigeon’s brain that record detailed information on the earth’s magnetic field, a kind of biological compass.

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Mobile phone-induced honeybee worker piping

The worldwide maintenance of the honeybee has major ecological, economic, and political implications. In the present study, electromagnetic waves originating from mobile phones were tested for potential effects on honeybee behavior. Mobile phone handsets were placed in the close vicinity of honeybees. The sound made by the bees was recorded and analyzed. The audiograms and spectrograms revealed that active mobile phone handsets have a dramatic impact on the behavior of the bees, namely by inducing the worker piping signal. In natural conditions, worker piping either announces the swarming process of the bee colony or is a signal of a disturbed bee colony.

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A towering problem for birds and bees

KOCHI: They don’t use cell phones; yet they may be its worst victims. Next time you read a report on birds falling prey to radiation and consequently getting sick, you might as well guess that a cell phone tower could have caused it. It is not just humans but birds and bees too are beginning to feel the impact of ‘electro-smog’, the pollution from the electromagnetic fields (EMF).

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Response of Pinus sylvestris L. needles to em fields

The effects of pulsed radio frequency electromagnetic field (RF EMF) on plant growth and development are still unclear and contradictory. The aim of this work is to study the impact of RF EMF generated from the Skrunda Radio Location Station, Latvia, on growth and development of pine trees. Pine needles and cones were collected in 1993 from the tops of SO-60-year-old pine trees in four locations near the Skrunda RLS: A - no EMF exposure, B - low EMF exposure, C and D - high EMF exposure. The chloroplasts of mesophyll of second-year needles are ultrastructurally characterised by dense stroma, a compact granal membrane system and variable amounts of starch granulesa nd plastoglobules.

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Why Our Urban Trees Are Dying


Trees are now dying mysteriously from a variety of diseases in urban areas all over Europe and are also showing abnormal photoperiodic responses. In addition, many have cancer-like growths under the bark (phloem nodules) and the bark may also split so that the underlying tissues become infected. All of these can be explained as being a result of weak radio frequency radiation from mobile phones, their base stations, WiFi and similar sources of weak non-ionising radiation. But first let us look at how living organisms use electric currents that they generate
themselves and which perform vital functions in their normal day-to-day metabolism and growth. We will then go on to see how weak electromagnetic fields can disrupt these and bring about many unwanted biological effects.

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The path into the dying forest

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Examples of honest concern over EM fields from telecoms affecting wildlife

Here are examples of honest concern over EM fields from telecoms affecting wildlife:

• The Kompetenz initiative writes urgently to bee associations and beekeepers and explains about EM fields and bee colony collapse

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Concerns Over U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Concerns Over Potential Radiation Impacts of Cellular Potential Radiation Impacts of Cellular Communication Towers on Migratory Birds and Communication Towers on Migratory Birds and Other Wildlife Other Wildlife – Research Opportunities

Electromagnetic fields and trees

There are some very interesting pieces of research and anecdotal evidence related to possible physiological effects of EMFs.

Research indicates that microwave radiation may be partially responsible for some cases of partial deforestation:

• Hertel HU, Wattenwil S: ‘Der Wald stirbt und Politiker sehen zu’, raum&zeit, Nr. 51/91, Ehlers-Verlagpp. 3-11 (The forest dies and politicians watch) Attached and link below.

• Volkrodt W, Bad Neustadt: ‘Mikrowellensmog und Waldschäden – Tut sich doch was in Bonn?’, raum&zeit, Nr. 52/91, Ehlers-Verlag 51/93 (Microwave smog and forest damage – is Bonn reacting after all?)

• Volkrodt W: ‘Droht den Mikrowellen ein ahnliches Fiasko wie der Atomenergie?’ (Are microwaves threatened by a fiasco similar to that of nuclear energy?)

Dr Hertel’s work also includes photographs and maps of an apparently effected areas, with the photos showing what is alleged to be damage to tree growth caused by microwaves – with markedly different ring profiles noted on different sides of the cross-sections taken through the trunks. Lines of deforestation followed line of transmission. Though there are other possible explanations for some noted occurrences such as the light and shade the trees have been exposed to in the past and geoelectromagnetic anomalies affecting growth patterns and die-back, the research seems highly competent and worthy of further investigation.

• Damage to trees – forest dying Observations and pictures. With bibliography.
Translation of the above page

• Are Electromagnetic Waves the Culprit? Warning from deformed plants. Japan

• 400MHz EMR reduces chlorophyll production. (Hungary)

• Studies on the effects of radio-frequency fields on conifers (380MHz, includes chlorophyl effect). Germany
• Volkrodt: Microwave smog and forest damage

• Tree damage from chronic high frequency exposure? ‘The three lime trees’ that speak for themselves. Requires a lot more observation, and observation relating to onset of transmission and onset of die-back needs to be done.

Further aspects

• Growth stimulation in Vicius fabus at power density of 0.0000000027 µW/cm2, Growth inhibition noted at 0.0027 µW/cm2 (Brauer, (1950), ‘Experimental studies on the effect of meter waves of various field intensities on the growth of plants by division’, Chromosoma, Vol. 3 pp. 483-509)

• Premature aging of pine needles at power density of 0.000027 µW/cm2 (Selga T, Selga M (1996), ‘Response of Pinus sylvestris L. needles to electromagnetic fields. Cytological and ultrastructural aspects’, The Science of the Total Environment Vol. 180, pp. 65-73, Elsevier Science BV)

• Smaller tree growth rings at power densities of 0.0027 to 0.065 µW/cm2 (Balodis V, et al. (1996), ‘Does the Skrunda Radio Location Station diminish the radial growth of pine trees?’ The Science of the Total Environment 180:57-64.)

• Damage to trees – ‘Oak Die Back’. In the book Electromagnetic Environments and Health in Buildings (2004) edited by Derek Clements-Croome (p. 263), Anne Silk noted in that in work she did for the Forestry Commission on very rare conditions of oak trees, ‘Oak Die Back’, where ‘the tree dies from the top down, instead of from the roots upwards as is usual. … [She] was given over 100 sites in the UK and was able to pinpoint the common distance between sick trees and high multi-mast user. This would appear to indicate that such (modulated) fields interfere with plant hydraulics and the electroosmotic processes taking place within the trees themselves by masking natural electrical fields, particularly those experienced under ‘fair weather’ conditions. Alternating or inverted fields have already been shown to have biological effects on humans and animals – see Jamieson KS, Bell NB, ‘Distorted current flow – the forgotten factor in EMF research? Part 1.’, European Biology and Bioelectromagnetics, 2005;1(1):1-5 / ( Noted in South Africa )

• Radial Growth of Pine Trees: Balodis V, Brumelis G, Kalviskis K, Nikodemus O, Tjarve D, Znotina V, (1996), ‘Does the Skrunda Radio Location Station diminish the radial growth of pine trees’, The Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 180, No. 1, 2 February 1996, pp. 57-64(8). Abstract:
The Skrunda Radio Location Station (RLS), which has operated continuously for more than 20 years, has created a unique area for the study of pulse radio-frequency electromagnetic field effects. Trees were chosen to assess these effects. Since 1990, permanent plots have been established in pine forest stands around the Skrunda RLS and in control areas. The dynamics of tree growth changes were analysed using retrospective tree ring data. There is a statistically significant (P < 0.01) negative correlation between the relative additional increment in tree growth and the intensity of the electric field. The radial growth of pine trees has diminished in all plots that received electromagnetic radiation. This decrease in growth began after 1970, which coincided with the start of operation of the Skrunda RLS, and was subsequently observed throughout the period of study. The effects of many other environmental and anthropogenic factors were evaluated, but no significant effects on tree growth were observed.

Leylandii are notable for their ability to screen EM fields, but a long time ago the antenna properties of trees were known:

• Tree antennas, Scientific American, July 14, 1919, p. 624

It was estimated in 2009 that the carbon dioxide emissions produced globally by the telecoms industry released 110.7 million tonnes of Co2 into the atmosphere. That is equivalent to emissions from 29 million cars. ( Bennett 2009 ).

Symposium “Bomen en het effect van elektromagnetische straling” 18-02-2011

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Electromagnetic pollution from phone masts. Effects on wildlife.

A review on the impact of radiofrequency radiation from wireless telecommunications on wildlife is presented. Electromagnetic radiation is a form of environmental pollution which may hurt wildlife. Phone masts located in their living areas are irradiating continuously some species that could suffer long-term effects, like reduction of their natural defenses, deterioration of their health, problems in reproduction and reduction of their useful territory through habitat deterioration. Electromagnetic radiation can exert an aversive behavioral response in rats, bats and birds such as sparrows. Therefore microwave and radiofrequency pollution constitutes a potential cause for the decline of animal populations and deterioration of health of plants living near phone masts. To measure these effects urgent specific studies are necessary.

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The Red Forest

As a result of the Chernobyl accident, tens of thousands of hectares of forests have experienced massive radioactive contamination, located in the immediate vicinity of the Chernobyl NPP and stretching approximately two kilometers west of the station. These were mainly single-crop plantings of Scotch pine (Pinus silvestris). Signs of radioactive mutation of conifers are already evident, having absorbed approximately 100 doses. It should be noted that the main radiation fallout on the pines resulting from the Chernobyl accident occurred during the revitalization process of plant growth. In such a period the radiosensitivity of plants increases 1,5–3 times as compared to other periods. The crown of fairly dense pines acts as an effective filter, which helped delay the effects of large quantities of radioactive dust and aerosols in the crowns of these trees. Pine needles are typically not dropped for 2–3 years, causing a slow natural cleaning of crowns as compared with hardwood trees. This factor increased the radiation effects on coniferous trees compared to other breeds.

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The effect on trees from nearby masts

The damage done to trees as a result of nearby masts

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BEES, BIRDS AND MANKIND. Destroying nature by “electrosmog”

The question of causal effects and biological relevance of electrical and magnetic parameters is generally posed without simultaneous reference to their relevance to life’s organisation. These questions cannot, however, be considered in isolation of each other.

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Mass death of birds

There are at least two possible reasons of the mass death of the birds. The first reason is a microwave radar. Microwave radiation from the powerful radar, even at a distance of several tens of meters can significantly heat air.

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Does wi-fi radiation cause tree deformities?

New research conducted at Wageningen University in the Netherlands concludes that wi-fi signals might damage nearby trees, causing them to develop severe abnormalities in their bark and leaves.

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How Cell Phones are Killing Birds

The great migrations start. Thousands and thousands of creatures go to the places where their ancestors have always gone to sit out the winter and come back in warmer weather. But how do they know where to go? Migratory birds use a combination of methods to navigate like landmarks and seeing the position and light of the sun and stars. Now there is evidence that magnetic fields play an important role in navigation.

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Study: Wi-Fi Makes Our Trees Sick

According to the study, translated from Dutch using Google Translate, trees in urban areas of the Netherlands showed an increasing number of damage such as cracks, bumps, discoloration and various forms of tissue damage.

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Cell Tower in Campbell Valley Park

Cell Tower in Campbell Valley Park, South Langley, B.C.

Dear Mayor Green:

My name is Dr Reese Halter, I am a practicing conservation biologist specializing in tree physiology with over two decades of experience in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Currently, I am stationed at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif. I’m also the founder of Global Forest Science an international conservation institute with operations in 8 countries. I oversee approximately 165 scientists. I am also a prolific writer and one of my books, The Incomparable Honeybee and the Economics of Pollination, Rocky Mountain Books, documents the known deleterious hazards of high frequency electro-magnetic radiation from cellular towers on honeybees. This year alone North America is missing at least 55 billion honeybees from a mysterious disease called Colony Collapse Disorder.
I urge the City Council to re-consider the recent license for a cellular tower in Campbell Valley Park. The radiation will not only adversely impact honeybees and native bees but all wildlife including other beneficial insects like ladybugs and dragonflies as well as frogs, newts, all birds including raptors like eagles, hawks and owls and other critters like raccoons and deer.

Reese Halter (Dr)

Decline in Insect Populations

About 4 or 5 years ago, probably 4 years, I noticed a definite decline in the mosquito population. I ride a bicycle and in summer like to ride at night to avoid the heat. In June I am picking cat tails. They do spray for mosquitoes in Ellendale, but not outside of the city limits, and I could not imagine what was disrupting the life cycle of the mosquito. Everyone I mentioned this to thought I was crazy to be concerned about fewer mosquitoes.

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Farmland bird numbers in England fall to record low

Bird numbers plunge to 44-year low after dramatic habitat loss and harsh winter

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Is Colony Collapse the price of E.M.F progress?

Firstly – the problem is sudden and global, suggesting it is a global source; the coincidence here is the tripling of global microwave background radiation. Secondly – normally with a disease or virus the bees die within or near their hives, but now, in most reported cases, the bees are simply disappearing.

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Glastonbury Symposium Lecture by Barrie Trower

Will the Communications Industry be the Final Straw For Our Planet’s Ecosystems?

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