Electromagnetic Radiation: what are the impacts on wildlife (animals and plants)? (open call) back to the forum
do you know of any assessment, report or study on the impact of EMR on invertebrates, vertebrates or plants?
Following EKLIPSE first call for requests closed on September, 30, 2016, the following request was selected as a potential foresight topic to identify research priorities: What are the impacts of artificial electromagnetic radiation on wildlife? What are the evidence gaps that are the highest priority to address? What policy solutions should be considered?
This request was submitted by Buglife, a UK based charity devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates.
Context: In physics, electromagnetic radiation (EM radiation or EMR) refers to the waves (or their quanta, photons) of the electromagnetic field, propagating (radiating) through space carrying electromagnetic radiant energy. It includes radio waves, microwaves, infrared, (visible) light, ultraviolet, X-, and gamma radiation.
Science on the impact of electromagnetic radiation on wildlife is currently scarce and not always reliable. More studies have looked at potential impacts on human health but even there no comprehensive assessment is available. Currently, New technologies have had a tremendous impact on the increase of EMR in our environment both in terms of range of frequencies and volume of transmissions. It seems critical to start exploring what effects these artificial EMR might have on the biological components of the Environment. Ensuring that important ecosystem services such as pollination and pest control are not harmed by EMR and also that we are not causing biodiversity decline or reducing the amenity value of the countryside should now be investigated by science to better inform policy. Better understanding of the impacts on wildlife can also provide insights in the potential effect on human health and even support the development of reliable indicators of risk conditions.
- Published articles on studies related to measuring potential impact of electromagnetic radiation on invertebrates or vertebrates, , including studies demonstrating no impacts.
- Grey literature / unpublished report compiling results of scientific studies looking at impacts of electromagnetic radiation on any group of invertebrate or any group of vertebrate, including studies demonstrating no impacts.
- Any existing studies looking at the role of invertebrates or vertebrates as indicators for assessing potential electromagnetic radiation on human health
- Existing knowledge synthesis of impact of electromagnetic radiation on human health
Please submit references and comments by the 18th of April 2017
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