Electromagnetic pollution from phone masts. Effects on wildlife

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Volume 16, Issues 2–3, August 2009, Pages 191–199

Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Special Issue

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Electromagnetic pollution from phone masts. Effects on wildlife

  • Direccion General del Medio Natural, Consejería de Medio Ambiente, Junta de Castilla y Leon, C/Rigoberto Cortejoso, 14, 47014 Valladolid, Spain

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Abstract

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.

Keywords

  • Effects on wildlife;
  • Effects on birds;
  • Electromagnetic radiation;
  • Mammals;
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