By B.N. Frank
Increased worldwide opposition against forced 5G installation is based on many factors including warnings issued by meteorologists, NASA, NOAA, and The U.S. Navy that 5G will severely reduce the accuracy of weather forecasts which could lead to catastrophic results including death.
This and more will be discussed starting this week. From The Verge:
Heated negotiations will begin in Egypt this week that could decide the future of 5G and weather forecasting.
Prominent scientists have already rung the alarm bells on the debut of 5G wireless networks, which promise customers faster internet speeds. The worry is that the rollout could inadvertently throw off weather forecasting, they say, because 5G networks are planning to use a frequency band very close to the one satellites use to observe water vapor. That interference could cost lives and fortunes when it comes to preparing for disastrous weather events.
One of those frequency bands is just above 24GHz. But just under 24GHz is the frequency at which water vapor molecules emit a little bit of a radio signal, and that’s what makes it so valuable to scientists who are studying the weather. They’re worried that 5G could be a noisy neighbor, unintentionally leaking signals into bands next door, which could interfere with their ability to monitor water vapor. Studying water vapor is important for predicting the trajectory of storms, forecasting sunny weather or rain, and keeping tabs on the changing climate.
In May, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) head Neil Jacobs told Congress that the FCC’s proposed interference limits could roll back 40 years of progress on weather forecasting and result in satellites losing nearly 80 percent of the data they’re able to collect now. The resulting inaccuracy could mean real consequences for people on the ground. “If you can’t make that prediction accurately, then you end up not evacuating the right people and/or you evacuate people that don’t need to evacuate, which is a problem,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told Congress in April.
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), who chairs the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, wrote two letters to the FCC in September and October demanding that the agency provide the scientific analysis behind its decision to propose weaker interference limits. The FCC has yet to respond to her requests. “I am left to assume that the FCC has no science-based evidence to support its position,” Johnson said in an October 23rd statement. The FCC did not respond to a request for comment from The Verge.
On top of all that’s at stake when it comes to 24GHz, the decision coming out of Egypt could also set a precedent for other prized frequencies as the radio spectrum becomes more crowded. “This isn’t a one and done with 24GHz. We could be having similar discussions about a few other important bands,” says Jordan Gerth, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. That’s because satellites use other high-frequency bands to study things like clouds and air temperature.
Still, even if less stringent interference limits are adopted in Egypt, the worst-case scenarios that meteorologists are worried about won’t come about immediately. 5G hasn’t been widely deployed because the technology and infrastructure to make good on its promises just aren’t there yet. But that tech is slowly being built up, and more developments loom on the horizon. “In the future, we’re going to have 6G, we’re going to have all sorts of people chasing a spectrum,” English says. That’s one reason why experts are placing a lot of weight on this 5G decision in Egypt. The outcome of this battle, English says, will be an early signal of how much world leaders value science and could show whether they will be willing to protect their science in the future.
In February, telecom industry executives gave U.S. congressional testimony that they have NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe. Many doctors and scientists say it isn’t (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Illness has been reported where it’s already operating (see 1, 2, 3).
American Academy of Pediatrics and other health experts warn that children are more susceptible to harm caused by exposure to all sources of wireless radiation. In fact, no “safe” level of wireless radiation exposure has been determined for them or pregnant women.
Activist Post reports regularly about risks associated with 5G and other unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives and the following websites.
- 5G Information
- The 5G Summit
- Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
- Environmental Health Trust
- My Street, My Choice
- Physicians for Safe Technology
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