Concerns have risen over environmental danger and health risks looming with the arrival of 5G Technology. Is it safe? Is it dangerous? Should we be concerned at all? Companies around the world see 5G as a long term friend to the environment. They predict in time it will reduce C02 in the atmosphere and lessen global waste production as technology advances. South Korea, Sweeden, China, and the UK have for the most part dismissed these concerns, concluding that 5G gives off less radiation than common home appliances. Researchers have noted the common hair dryer emits only 100 microwatts per square centimeter, while Wifi routers give off only 60. China’s 5G stations have a radiation standard of fewer than 40 microwatts per square centimeter. While these levels are well within safe parameters some still feel cause for concern. The majority of concern dealing with 5G technology comes from fear of the effects of radiofrequency microwave radiation. This type of radiation can penetrate our bodies and cause damage at the cellular level. Prolonged exposure to high levels of microwave radiation has been known to lead to genetic defects and more commonly cancer. As a result, many scientists advise caution when it comes to jumping into setting up 5G networks and towers.
July 14th, 2016, the FCC voted to approve Spectrum Frontiers, making the U.S. the first country in the world to open up higher-frequency millimeter wave spectrum for the development of 5G fifth-generation wireless cellular technology. Health, safety and environmental evaluations to understand the impact on humans, wildlife and the environment had not been done.
The unfortunate thing is only time will tell the effects of 5G.