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    Honey bees absorb more cell phone radiation at 5G mid-band and high-band frequencies

    So far over 10 million hectares of Australian land has been burnt to the ground with rough estimates of over 0ne billion animals destroyed, including thousands of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, birds and other iconic Australian wildlife – and its still early in the bush fire season. As for pollinators such as the honey bee, according to Australian Honey Bee Industry Council chairman Peter McDonald, up to 2000 hives had been lost in NSW and up to 1000 in Queensland, but the true cost of the bushfires would be the effect on beehive health due to the loss of natural forest habitat. … “The bees feed in the forests, where they source pollen for breeding. It will take some time for honey bee populations to recover in burnt areas.” And now the bees and all other insects may well have to contend with another threat in areas where the rollout of 5G transmitters are planned.  And with 5G planned for space giving blanket coverage to much of the planet, what will be the effects on insects?

    Essential reading here is “What Would Happen If All Earth’s Insects Vanished”

    And: “Hyperalarming’ study shows massive insect loss”.

    The following research is a dire warning for all those hyper 5G promoters..



    From Joel Moskowitz, Electromagnetic Radiation Safety

    Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Field Exposure of Western Honey Bees

    Thielens A, Greco MK, Verloock L, Martens L, Joseph W. Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Field Exposure of Western Honey Bees. Sci Rep. 2020 Jan 16;10(1):461. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-56948-0.


    Radio-frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) can be absorbed in all living organisms, including Western Honey Bees (Apis Mellifera). This is an ecologically and economically important global insect species that is continuously exposed to environmental RF-EMFs. This exposure is studied numerically and experimentally in this manuscript. To this aim, numerical simulations using honey bee models, obtained using micro-CT scanning, were implemented to determine RF absorbed power as a function of frequency in the 0.6 to 120”‰GHz range. Five different models of honey bees were obtained and simulated: two workers, a drone, a larva, and a queen. The simulations were combined with in-situ measurements of environmental RF-EMF exposure near beehives in Belgium in order to estimate realistic exposure and absorbed power values for honey bees. Our analysis shows that a relatively small shift of 10% of environmental incident power density from frequencies below 3”‰GHz to higher frequencies will lead to a relative increase in absorbed power of a factor higher than 3.

    The results of our numerical simulations, see Fig. 5, show an increase of Pabs with frequency up to 6”“12”‰GHz. Figure 4 illustrates the mechanism behind this increase: as the frequency increases the EMFs are less likely to diffract around the honey bees, that are relatively small in comparison to the wavelengths <6”‰GHz, and can penetrate further in the models, generating higher internal electric fields and consequently higher Pabs values. Figure 4 also shows why the whole-body averaged Pabs does not increase beyond 12”‰GHz. As the conductivity increases, see Table 1, the electric fields will decay faster within the honey-bee phantoms, which leads to larger relative volumes within the insect with lower fields, see Fig. 4, which will also contribute to the whole-body averaged Pabs… It should be noted that this manuscript focused on exposure of individual insects in free space. In reality, honey bees might cluster, creating a larger absorption cross section and potentially higher absorption at lower frequencies.
    As our RF-EMF exposure measurements near bee hives demonstrate, see Table 2, most of the current RF-EMF exposure is located at frequencies ≤1”‰GHz. Additionally, Fig. 5 demonstrates that the Pabs in all studied Honey bee models is lowest at frequencies ≤1”‰GHz. This implies that in reality, potential shifts in telecommunication frequencies to higher frequencies might induce even larger increases that the ones estimated in Table 4 since in that analysis an average value over all Pabs values ≤3”‰GHz is assumed.


    Exposure of Western Honey Bees (apis mellifera) to radio-frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields was studied using a combination of in-situ exposure measurements near bee hives in Belgium and numerical simulations. The simulations use the finite-difference time-domain technique to determine the electromagnetic fields in and around five honey bee models exposed to plane waves at frequencies from 0.6”‰GHz up to 120”‰GHz. These simulations lead to a quantification of the whole-body averaged absorbed radio-frequency power (Pabs) as a function of frequency. The average Pabs increases by factors 16 to 121, depending on the considered phantom, when the frequency is increased from 0.6”‰GHz to 6”‰GHz for a fixed incident electric field strength. A relatively small decrease in Pabs is observed for all studied honey bees between 12 and 120”‰GHz. RF exposure measurements were executed on ten sites near five different locations with bee hives in Belgium. These measurements resulted in an average total incident RF field strength of 0.06”‰V/m, which was in excellent agreement with literature. This value was used to assess Pabs for those honey bees at those measurement sites. A realistic Pabs is estimated to be between 0.1 and 0.7 nW for the studied honey bee models. Assuming that 10% of the incident power density would shift to frequencies higher than 3”‰GHz would lead to an increase of this absorption between 390”“570%. Such a shift in frequencies is expected in future networks.

    Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director
    Center for Family and Community Health
    School of Public Health
    University of California, Berkeley

    Electromagnetic Radiation Safety

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