5G A Blessing Or A Curse?
What is 5G?
When will it be rolled out?
About a years from now (November, 2018)...watch video
What sort of testing has been done to ensure its safety ?
As far as I am aware, not a lot, and the following news article should demonstrate this fairly well, and raises a serious question about its safety for both humans and wild life in general.
Has it finally happened: Probable confirmation 5G can kill wildlife?
Starlings roosting in trees in a park in The Hague, Netherlands, fell dead from their perches. A total of 297 dead birds were collected. Poor birdies!
However, birds were not the only wildlife seemingly affected.
[N]earby ducks that were swimming seemed to react very oddly as well; they were simultaneously putting their heads underwater to escape the radiation while others flew away, landing on the street or in the canal. 
It appears a 5G mast was being tested to see what interferences could occur from
where RF radiation was tested with a peak frequency of 7.40 GHz,
as reported by one source, but still not confirmed.
The “test, [was] in connection with the Dutch railway station, to see how large the range was and whether no harmful equipment would occur on and around the station.” 
I have to wonder if any humans experienced ill effects, or if humans were questioned as part of the test.
It ought to be noted that one GHz (Gigahertz) is ONE BILLION oscillations of energy per second; now multiply that by 7.40 GHz. What do you get? No wonder the poor birds probably died from heart failure!
According to reports, the birds did not look emaciated or ill. So why did so many birds drop from the trees? Similar mass die offs have happened in other places with fish and pollinators. The fact there was a 5G test going on emphasizes another dynamic regarding millimeter wave safety (5G)—ascertaining why the birds died; plus the ABSOLUTE need for REAL scientific—not consensus science—testing, i.e., environmental impact studies, regarding 5G before it is rolled out anywhere in the world!
Results of other testing of 5G confirm alarming adverse reactions on wildlife and humans.
Cows on the Rampage
It is not only birds. Five Dutch dairy farmers in Stitswerd, Groningen, witnessed a strange behaviour from their herds in January 2017. Several hundreds of cows from the 5 dairy farms allegedly started running riot simultaneously without a clear cause. The cows bumped into each other and the fences of their cowshed. To quote this article:
“… the farmers all have experienced these panic attacks from their cows several times before, for the lasts few months. However, these kinds of mysterious events only seem to occur around the small town called Stitswerd… A veterinarian has been consulted as well, but she couldn’t find an explanation…
“The most logical conclusion is that the panic attacks are caused by the recent testing of 5G Wi-Fi in the North of Groningen, exactly were Stitswerd is located! Groningen is the first flat land region where they are testing 5G.”
Firemen in San Francisco
Firefighters from San Francisco reported experiencing an array of unusual side effects after 5G equipment was installed in and around their firehouses. To quote a neonnettle article:
“Symptoms reportedly included memory problems and confusion. The firefighters say the symptoms only stopped after they relocated to different fire stations without 5G devices nearby. It’s not just the firefighters, either.
“In Gateshead, England, scientist Mark Steele says that there’s been an uptick in reproductive issues and other health problems since the city’s new wireless streetlights were installed. Miscarriages, stillbirths, nosebleeds, and insomnia are among the consequences he’s reportedly observed in the community. ‘We are seeing babies dying in the womb as these transmitters are situated outside people’s bedroom windows. It’s a humanitarian crisis,’ Steele contended.”
When I stand on my veranda and look out at the cell towers, thankfully they are placed on apartments some blocks away. But as they roll out 5G, small cell towers will be placed about every 300 meters across the country — enveloping us in this new technology.
5G Test Kills Birds
And, Some Good News?
California: City Blocks 5G Cell Tower Implementation Over Major Health Concerns
Watch Video link below:
Published on Sep 12, 2018
As 5G technology begins to roll out across the country, it is being met by a massive wave of resistance over concerns that it can cause health problems.
One city in California—reacting to an overwhelming outpouring of concern—has taken an extreme step and blocked the technology from being implemented.
This week, the city of Mill Valley, CA, a wealthy city just north of San Francisco, voted unanimously to effectively halt the installation of new small cell towers which carry the 5G technology.
What About the New White LED Street Lighting?
Day one of the new LED lights in our street, not totally replaced, so you can compare the two light colors and glare- whitish lights of the LEDs Vs orange colored light of the sodium street lights.
And It's All Official
Street lights and LEDs
Installing LED street lights across Wellington
This year we are rolling out a city-wide installation of LED (light-emitting diode) street lights. This project will cause minimal disruption day to day as each light should only take 20-30 minutes to replace and appropriate traffic management will be in place. The work will be carried out in stages across the city which has been divided into 20 areas for the installation.
The street lights are initially being installed at 50% brightness to avoid glare on road surfaces. If you are concerned a street light is too dim, you can get in touch with us on 04 499 4444 or email email@example.com to get it adjusted.
The LED streetlights are expected to have lifetime 4 to 5 times longer than the old HID streetlights. They also use half as much power as the old street lights, making them much more cost and energy efficient.
The estimated cost of the full project is $17 million. The Council will contribute $2.5 million from existing budgets and the remainder will come from the New Zealand Transport Agency.
The changeover started in February and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
NZTA's introduction of blue LED lights raises number of concerns
Let me to introduce you to ALAN. The acronym stands for Artificial Light At Night, and there is growing concern that ALAN is bad for us especially when it's a glary blue shine.
ALAN is in our houses and outside as city street and highway lighting. It is light pollution and can have some very negative effects on people and wildlife.
Unfortunately, we could be making the ALAN problem worse through using the wrong type of light bulbs with light emitting diodes (LEDs).
While LEDs use less energy than most incandescent lamp types, cool white ones emit large amounts of blue light. (Paradoxically, cool light has a high colour temperature as measured in degrees Kelvin.)
Research points to blue light interfering with people's sleep patterns and that it can damage retinas above certain levels.
Blue light is enough of a worry that computer and smartphone vendors such as Apple have introduced a special mode, Night Shift, that shifts the LED displays on devices to warmer colour temperatures.
Astronomers who can no longer see the stars because in many parts of the world night never falls are also up in arms over increased blue light glare interference.
Don't go overboard with lighting up the globe at night and think about the technology used to illuminate places is the common sense message from the International Dark-Sky Association.
Sadly, that message is falling on deaf ears.
We won't be able to avoid LEDs which are are here to stay, Dr John Barentine, the director of conservation at IDA.
"The global lighting market has made its choice, and that choice is LED," Barentine said.
"What we need now is to encourage people to design and deploy LED technology properly", Barentine added.
They will be deployed everywhere too: the New Zealand Transport Authority and local councils want cool temperature LED lamps to light up highways and certain city streets.
This is to replace existing high and low pressure sodium lights which won't be available for much longer.
I asked NZTA why it wants to give us the roadside light blues by switching over to cool white LEDs and Fergus Tate from the authority kindly provided a detailed response.
First, NZTA acknowledges that blue light is an emerging area of concern but Tate said the research is inconclusive, in its early stages and there's no evidence that it is risky.
"The greatest risk is likely to come from interior lighting as the time of exposure is longer, hence a trend toward 3500K ("warm white") for interior LED sources," Tate said.
Barentine also said that he doesn't believe there is evidence that outdoors ALAN from LEDs constitutes a health risk as exposure to it is transient and the doses are relatively low.
However, we don't fully understand what effect low, sustained levels of ALAN exposure has on humans, Barentine said. ALAN disrupts circadian rhythms of living beings with potentially huge negative impact on people's long term health.
If blue light is a worry, why does the NZTA specification for LED luminaries say they should have a high colour temperature of 3900 to 4250 Kelvin or cool white? Warmer LEDs in the 3000K range emit a great deal less blue light.
The answer centres on the colour of moonlight being pleasant to people.
"Neutral white 4000K LED light mimics moonlight and is generally well tolerated by the human eye," Tate said.
The LEDS are like moonlight argument is found in sales material from vendors such as Phillips Lumens as well, but how true is it?
Barentine disputes that 4000K LEDs are like moonlight in colour, and provided a spectral graph to show the difference between the two.
"The fact that moonlight has a correlated colour temperature of about 4000 Kelvins doesn't mean its light is anything at all like a white LED with a CCT of 4000K," Barentine said.
LED lights bears no resemblance to any natural light on Earth, he added. More to the point, the graphs show that 4000K LEDs emit a large amount of blue light in the 350 to 500 nanometre spectrum - which neither the sunlight reflected from the moon and filtered through the Earth's atmosphere, or warm 2200K LEDs do.
Lee Mauger of the Martinborough Dark-Sky Association did some testing during the last supermoon with a light meter. He pointed it to the moon, and measured under a 4000K streetlight.
"The brightness under a streetlight was more than 100 times than that of a full 'supermoon'!" Mauger said.
On the other hand, cool white LEDs have much better colour rendition than 2700K sodium lamps that "make people look like corpses", Barentine said.
Does better colour rendition make cool white LEDs safer then? Tate said that white light from LEDs for instance is generally considered more safe than the yellow light from high pressure sodium lamps.
Confusingly, that doesn't seem to apply to road lighting though.
"There is no evidence that white light is more or less safe than high pressure sodium [lamps] at route lighting levels," Tate said.
Even though 4000K is NZTA's preferred colour temperature the authority is in fact OK with 3000K LEDs under some circumstances.
"In areas seeking Dark Skies certification to aid astro-tourism activities, the NZ Transport Agency will support the installation of 3000K luminaires, Tate said.
Mauger and MDSA campaigned for 3000K lights on state highway 53, and won that battle.
Warmer LEDs aren't more expensive. Cool white LEDs used to be far cheaper far and easier to find than the warmer 3000K lights.
In 2018 that's no longer the case, Barentine said. Nor are 3000K LEDs any less efficient than their cooler cousins.
NZTA is conducting studies on road lighting, and our Royal Society will issue an advisory publication on the impact of blue light.
LEDs are supposed to have long, 20-30 year life spans (unless their driving electronics give out earlier). Given the strong suggestion that blue light LEDs are bad for us without offering any tangible benefits, why not look to the future and go for warmer road lights instead?
What are the benefits and the downside of changing our street lighting?
They claim they are cheaper in the long run by saving power, but at what cost the environment and humanity in general?
They also claim that less CO2 will be produced thus benefiting the climate - less CO2, less greenhouse gas to affect the climate change! Mmm ... well that one has been completely torpedoed by Lord Christopher Monckton's recent climate study, showing how climate scientists got it wrong in their conclusion about global warming/climate change with their flawed equation which ignored the sun!
LED street lights can damage eyes and cause sleep problems, health officials warn
LED street lights are proven to be cheaper for cities, and more environmentally friendly, but health officials in Britain are warning that they also could have adverse health effects on travellers.
Public Health England warned this week
that the street lights can disrupt sleep, resulting in a “permanent jet
lag.” The blue colour of the lights can also result in damage to the
Health effects of LED lights
optometrist Dr. Kirsten North explained to Global News that the blue
light found in LED bulbs can damage retina cells and cause cataracts to
develop sooner. But she explained exactly how damaging LED street lights
are in particular has not been determined.
“It makes sense that some damage will happen,” North said.
The American Medical Association (AMA) provides more information on how exactly the lights can harm travellers.
“Despite the energy efficiency benefits, some LED lights are harmful when used as street lighting,” its website reads.
Surrey reviewing lighting plans in wake of warning over health effects of LED lights
The City of Surrey said it is reviewing its current plans to
replace all of its street lights with LED lights in the wake of recent
concerns raised by a prominent physicians association.
lights are being installed in cities all over B.C. but Surrey is leading
the way with plans to switch over its 28,000 lights within five years.
Surrey’s transportation manager Jaime Boan said switching to LEDs could
save the city around $1 million a year
However, in June, the American Medical Association warned the use of
high-intensity LED streetlights can negatively impact both sleep and
“Despite the energy efficiency benefits, some LED lights
are harmful when used as street lighting,” AMA board member Maya A. Babu
said in a statement.
“The new AMA guidance encourages proper
attention to optimal design and engineering features when converting to
LED lighting that minimize detrimental health and environmental
According to the AMA, LED lighting gives off a large
amount of blue light that appears white to the naked eye but can impair
nighttime driving and possibly increase the risk of serious health
conditions including cancer, cardiovascular disease and obesity.
concerns have been raised in the past even though most cities prefer
the energy-efficient LED lights over conventional lighting for the cost
and energy savings. LEDs are more energy efficient (by 50 per cent or
more) and only need to be replaced every 15 to 20 years versus every two
to five years for conventional lights.
The AMA also said the
negative impacts of high-density LED lighting are not limited to just
humans but also many species that need a dark environment like some
bird, insect, turtle and fish species.
The medical association
said it isn’t against LED street lights per se, but rather just wants to
warn about their intensity. It recommends lights should have a Kelvin
reading of less than 3,000 because anything higher can impair vision and
impair the human body’s ability to produce melatonin.
now reviewing its plans. Lights used in the pilot project in Newton are
in the 4,000-Kelvin range and the city said it hasn’t yet ordered the
bulk of the 28,000 lamps it will need to complete the program.
currently chosen the 4,000 Kelvin [light] and that’s because it’s
giving a lot better clarity and visibility of pedestrians and cars on
the road,” Boan said. “We think there’s a big safety benefit to that so
we need to evaluate better what are the potential impacts to residents
with going to the 4000-K.”
– With files from Ted Chernecki
What you should be doing right now!
Contact Wellington City Council [see instructions below] and let them know you are not happy with their move to replace our warm sodium lights with white LEDs which emit damaging blue light.
Contact the Council with a question, comment or complaint, or to report something that needs fixing.
Wellington City Council
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Tuesday, 20th November, 2018
Day One of the Campaign To Bring Wellingtonians Awareness of the dangers of both LEDs in Street lighting and 5G, using flyers [picture below], resulted in some 47 being handed out to citizens at both Queensgate Shopping Mall, Lower Hutt, and Pak 'n Sav, High St., Lower Hutt.
The humble flyer that starts the campaign in the fight to protect our health and well being from those who should be protecting us from any such abuse.