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01 February 2023

Study by Swiss Federal Office for the Environment Considers Connection between Mobile Communications and Insect Mortality to be Probable

A study by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment considers the connection between mobile communications and insect mortality to be probable
Research overview "Effect of non-ionizing radiation on arthropods", July 2022

The study by the University of Neuchatel (Switzerland) shows that there is a high probability that mobile phone radiation is involved in the death of insects. Radiation affects locomotion, reproduction, foraging, orientation, DNA damage, cellular stress and behavior.

On behalf of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the research overview "Effect of non-ionizing radiation (hereinafter: NIS) on arthropods " was developed at the University of Neuchatel:

Mulot M, Kroeber T, Gossner M, Fröhlich J (2022). Effect of non-ionizing radiation (NIS) on arthropods, report commissioned by the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Neuchâtel, July 2022

Mobile communications communicate via non-ionizing radiation (hereinafter: NIS). Although this study overview of the effects of mobile phone radiation on insects has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal , it has a high level of validity due to its scientific nature.

The report reviews the study situation and also reflects an uncertainty. In the laboratory, there is almost consistent evidence of insect damage, but there are still too few field studies to verify this. Therefore, the scientists warn:"At this point, it should be remembered that lack of evidence of an effect is not equivalent to evidence of a lack of effect and that further field studies should be carried out (p.40)."

The downplaying practice of German authorities, on the other hand, is to give the all-clear because of this ignorance (see our focal point). Not knowing is usually due to a lack of interest in knowledge. The knowledge that already exists and is documented in this paper by Mulot et al. makes it necessary to apply the precautionary principle and to conduct further research immediately, because insect mortality accelerates all environmental disasters. Insects are a chain link in biodiversity, not only for pollination but also as food for other species, especially birds.

Clear indications of damage to reproduction, bodily functions, behavior and ability to fly

Full text of study in German: (easily auto-translated into other languages)

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