New Delhi: The Delhi High Court would hear on January 25, the plea of Bollywood actress and environmentalist Juhi Chawla challenging its earlier order which dismissed her lawsuit against the setting up of 5G wireless networks in the country.

The plea filed by Chawla, Veeresh Malik, and Teena Vachani claimed that 5G wireless technology can be a potential threat to provoke irreversible and serious effects on humans and it could also permanently damage the earth’s ecosystems.

Research has found that cell antenna radiation can injure trees  (Waldmann-Selsam, C., et al. 2016). 

A 2021 research review on effects to wildlife published in Reviews on Environmental Health references more than 1,200 scientific references which found impacts to wildlife from even very low intensities of non ionizing EMFs including impacts to orientation and migration, reproduction, mating, nest, den building and survivorship (Levitt et al., 2021a, Levitt et al., 2021bLevitt et al., 2021c).  The authors state that the current body of science should trigger urgent protective regulatory action. US and international safety limits for RF-EMF are not designed to protect wildlife despite the fact that birds perch on cell tower antennas and many species’ habitat is in the air close to cell antennas.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has long recommended that U.S. wireless radiation regulations be updated to protect children and pregnant women as U.S, regulations are based on an adult male (a 220-pound man’s head, not a child’s smaller head).  (Ghandi 2012, AAP 2012 & 2013).

Children absorb proportionately higher doses in the eyes and critical brain regions than adults due to their smaller heads, thinner skulls and higher water content (Ferreira and de Salles 2015Fernandez et al. 2018).

Children have more active stem cells and stem cells have been found to be more sensitive to exposure (Markova et al,  2010, Williams et al. 2006).

Research on pregnant women has linked prenatal cell phone radiation exposure to emotional/behavioral problems (Divan et al 2012, Sudan et al 2016) and hyperactivity (Birks et al., 2017) in their children. 

Wireless exposure is linked to brain damage (Tan et al., 2017), memory problems (Shahin et al., 2018), hyperactivity (Aldad et al., 2012), cellular impacts (Fragopoulou et al., 2018) and impacts in brain regions critical to memory and learning (Dasdag et al 2015, Shahin et al, 2018, Obajuluwa et al 2017, Tan et al., 2021, Hasan et al., 2021).  

Cell phone radiation has been found to alter brain activity (Volkow et al 2011, Bin et al 2014), impact neurotransmitters and alter neuron development (Kaplan et al, 2015, Li et al 2021, Chen et al 2021).

A  replication study on teenagers found memory damage to the area of the brain most exposed to cell phone radiation when the phone is held close to the head (Foerster et al 2018).Read more


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