Is 5G mobile harming our pigeons?


The installation of 5G mobile networks has
been a cause of great concern for pigeon fanciers in 2019. There have been reports of mass bird deaths
linked to 5G testing, as well as losses and poor race results blamed on the new technology. This isn’t just a fringe conspiracy theory
either – reputable pigeon racing clubs and organisations worldwide have noted 5G as a
serious topic of interest. In the midst of all this concern, it is good
to search out the hard facts of the matter. The worries of pigeon fanciers may be broken
down into two simple questions, which we will discuss today. 1, Is 5G physically harming our pigeons? And 2, Is 5G hurting the bird’s navigational
abilities? Before we tackle these questions, though,
it would be best to quickly touch on another – What exactly is 5G, and why are people worried
about it? 5G is a mobile, or cellular, phone technology. 5G itself stands for “5th Generation”. The “5th generation” technology promises
much faster speeds on mobile devices when compared to older 3 and 4G systems. Since the beginning, mobile phone technology
has caused concern for some members of the public. Many have been worried about possible links
to cancer or other serious illnesses, or that the technology may be harming the environment. 5G works in much the same way as the previous
mobile tech generations, with the major differences being the higher electromagnetic frequencies
used, and the much higher number of towers needed to route the data. Because of this, many believe that 5G could
harm pigeons in ways that older technologies have not. Now, let’s look into the first of our two
main questions. Is 5G physically harming our pigeons? When thinking about this question, many are
quick to point to a story out of the Netherlands in 2018, where a mysterious mass death of
wild starlings was linked to a 5G test. This story was popularised by John Khules,
a Dutch conspiracy theorist and anti-5G activist. This story has been proven to be false. It is true that approximately 300 starlings
did die in an area where 5G had been tested – however these events were not linked. A 5G test took place in the area on June 28,
2018, and the bird deaths occurred months later, during October 2018. The likely explanation is simply that the
starlings were poisoned. Another concerning story surfaced in Australia,
with reports of cockatoos in Adelaide falling from the sky and bleeding from the eyes – again,
this was an instance of poisoning, and had nothing to do with 5G mobile. There have been thousands of studies on the
safety of wireless and mobile technologies, including 5G, since the 1980s, and none have
found evidence of adverse health impacts. In fact, much of the fear regarding the rollout
of 5G appears to have been stoked by the Russian propaganda news service RT. In short, there is no firm evidence to suggest
that 5G technology is causing physical harm to birds, and it certainly does not cause
sudden death or lead to pigeons falling from the sky. Now let’s look at our second question. Is 5G technology interfering with racing pigeon
navigation and leading to high losses? This question may not have an answer as simple
as the previous one. It is important to remember that nobody knows
precisely how our pigeons navigate in the first place. Although there is currently no published evidence
proving a link between mobile technology and pigeon navigation, this also has not been
studied to the same extent as the feared health impacts. It is true that the electromagnetic frequencies
used by 5G technology are closer in wavelength to visible light than the previous telephone
generations, so it may be plausible to believe there could be some interference, but this
is yet to be studied. Remember though, things like radios and even
infrared television remotes all make use of frequencies on the same spectrum, and these
have not had any measurable impact on racing pigeons in the past. It is entirely possible that other factors
– increased predators, disease, and urbanisation may be contributing to pigeon losses. It has not, actually, even been proven that
losses in modern times are any higher than in the past – it simply has not been studied. I’d like to now quickly answer some 5G-related
questions that I have heard raised by my fellow pigeon fanciers. However, before we get into this, I’d like
to encourage you to comment on this video, and let me know what kind of pigeon topics
you’d like me to address, and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel! Now to the questions: Is 5G radiation? Technically, yes. Though we often hear the word “radiation”
in the context of nuclear meltdowns or weapons of mass destruction, the “radiation” used
by 5G is not this kind. 5G makes use of the electromagnetic spectrum,
which is the same “radiation” used by your TV remote or car radio. This radiation has not been proven to cause
harm. Another question: Is 5G “microwaving”
the earth? While it is true that 5G phones use radio
waves that are classed as “microwave frequency”, this refers to the physical size of the waves
themselves and does not have anything to do with the kitchen appliance. A final question: Did 5G testing kill half
a tree in the United Kingdom? A viral video claims that a recently installed
5G transmitter killed just one side of an otherwise healthy tree. Although the video and tree appear genuine,
the claims made in the video do not. The video shows healthy green grass and hedges
surrounding the tree, unaffected by the transmitter. The sick tree itself appears to be suffering
from a case of root-rot or parasite infection – it is very unlikely that the damage has
been caused by the mobile transmitter. To summarise – decades of research have not
found any evidence of mobile phones causing physical harm to humans or pigeons, and it
is unlikely that 5G will be any different. As for the bird’s navigation – mobile phones
including 5G have not as of yet been shown to harm their ability, but more study is definitely
needed to produce proof either way. Perhaps this is a study that a national pigeon
racing body could commission. If there is another pigeon topic or question
you’d like me to cover, please post it in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe
to this channel. Thank you for watching!

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