In conjunction with my annual visit to Australia, this time to present a key-note presentation at the meeting of the Australasian Radiation Protection Society, I will also present:
Free Public Lecture – Thursday 17 August 2017 @ 6:00 pm
- Location: Griffith University, Nathan Campus
- Lecture Theatre: Building N16 Lecture Theater No. 0.03
- RSVP (for catering purposes) – contact info for RSVP is provided here
Global Expansion of the Wireless: The 5G dive into the great unknown
by Adj. Prof. Dariusz Leszczynski, University of Helsinki, Finland
In 2011, I was one of the 30 invited experts who classified radiation emitted by the wireless communication devices (WCD) as possible human carcinogen. Since that time several new studies have been published and the current scientific evidence suggests that the radiation emitted by the current WCD could be re-classified as probable human carcinogen. This evidence of health risk indicates that the current safety limits are insufficient to protect all users of the WCD.
Besides carcinogenicity there are numerous other health ailments suspected to be caused by exposures to radiation emitted by the WCD. However, limitations in the design of many studies makes it very difficult to draw final conclusions.
In this situation of scientific uncertainty about the health impact of the current WCD, a change is looming. It is the introduction of the 5th Generation (5G) of the WCD that will facilitate the development of the Internet of Things (IoT).
The 5G technology will be a giant leap for the technological development but, even more, it will be a giant leap into completely unknown and un-researched area of human health impact.
Radiation emitted by the 5G technology, the millimeter waves, is different from the current WCD radiation in the manner how it penetrates and interacts with the human body. We have no scientific knowledge at all how millimeter wave radiation, that will soon become omnipresent in our homes, cities and countryside, will in short- and long-term impact human health. Will it impact or will it not impact, this is the question to which we do not have any answer. The only answer from the industry is that 5G will emit low power radiation. But, in the past, we were also assured that the current WCD, emitting low power radiation, will not have any impact on health. This, it turns out, was an incorrect assumption.
In this situation of the scientific uncertainty of the highest degree, it is prudent to call for a wide-ranging use of the Precautionary Principle and to call for a temporary moratorium on introduction of 5G and IoT, until appropriate human volunteer and animal toxicology studies are executed.