Safe from light pollution and other radiation

No Insectinction – how to solve the insect declines crisis

Safe spaces for insects

Safe from light pollution and other radiation

Technology increasingly emits electromagnetic radiation; it forms a growing and valued part of modern life. Yet we have been failing to consider how this radiation may affect other animals.

Night-time light pollution disrupts the lives of nocturnal insects such as moths, ground beetles and glow-worms. It has been established as a cause of insect decline that can impact on the pollination of plants and the health of ecosystems. While the problem of light pollution is widely recognised and there are a number of Dark Sky Reserves/Parks, and although we know what needs to be done to reduce the pollution, there is no coordinated effort to reduce light pollution.

Radar, radio, telecommunications and electrical fields pervade the atmosphere. We know that insects can detect, and are affected by, types of electromagnetic radiation and scientists are concerned that this radiation is capable of damaging the environment. However, there has been insufficient work on understanding how this might affect insect populations and ecosystem health.

We can stop, and reverse the global declines in our insects, but only if everyone pulls together to do their bit.

Small steps can have a huge impact if they all fall at the same time Five things you can do to reverse insect declines

What has to happen?

  • A national target for reducing light pollution must establish dark sky reserves and monitor, with tools such as planning regulations used to get pollution levels under control.
  • Research to establish the effects of electromagnetic radiation on insects must be commissioned and meaningful risk assessment and risk management undertaken for 5G and other radiation-producing technology programmes.

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