Wi-Fi Makes Trees Sick

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A weeping willow. Photo: Jdforrester (CC)

René Schoemaker reports on PC World:

Radiation from Wi-Fi networks is harmful to trees, causing significant variations in growth, as well as bleeding and fissures in the bark, according to a recent study in the Netherlands.

All deciduous trees in the Western world are affected, according to the study by Wageningen University. The city of Alphen aan den Rijn ordered the study five years ago after officials found unexplained abnormalities on trees that couldn’t be ascribed to a virus or bacterial infection.

Additional testing found the disease to occur throughout the Western world. In the Netherlands, about 70 percent of all trees in urban areas show the same symptoms, compared with only 10 percent five years ago. Trees in densely forested areas are hardly affected.

Besides the electromagnetic fields created by mobile-phone networks and wireless LANs, ultrafine particles emitted by cars and trucks may also be to blame. These particles are so small they are able to enter the organisms.

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  • Anonymous

    Wifi is bad bad bad. The radiation is bad bad, really bad and is killing trees…but, oh ya, it could also be emissions from cars and trucks.

  • jeffhalmos

    Wifi is bad bad bad. The radiation is bad bad, really bad and is killing trees…but, oh ya, it could also be emissions from cars and trucks.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    This sounds a little hokey, I’d be a lot more willing to believe subtle changes in atmosphere (as jeffhalmos said, any car emissions or other kinds of pollutants). This study sounds like it did no tests for causation. If we were working out Wifi’s in X-ray or gamma ray (which is nonsense) we’d find some nasty effects but microwave radiation would ….

    (wait.. searching about biological effects of micro and radio wave effects)

    Ok, found some stuff about the effects of radio-waves:
    http://www.geopathfinder.com/Biological%20effects%20of%20radio%20waves.pdf

    I’m not going to research it any further, this “looks” credible, and it humbles my original response. However still, my gut feeling about this(i cannot say I’m right) is that the low(er) frequency range is more akin to sound waves entering and exiting your body harmlessly for the most part….

    (delved further into it’s citations finding them to be scholarly articles)

    damn you Disinfo and damn my curiosity…. I like WiFi, and now I have my doubts… My conclusion is that there may be something here, but like the article says, more research is needed to confirm anything.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    This sounds a little hokey, I’d be a lot more willing to believe subtle changes in atmosphere (as jeffhalmos said, any car emissions or other kinds of pollutants). This study sounds like it did no tests for causation. If we were working out Wifi’s in X-ray or gamma ray (which is nonsense) we’d find some nasty effects but microwave radiation would ….

    (wait.. searching about biological effects of micro and radio wave effects)

    Ok, found some stuff about the effects of radio-waves:
    http://www.geopathfinder.com/Biological%20effects%20of%20radio%20waves.pdf

    I’m not going to research it any further, this “looks” credible, and it humbles my original response. However still, my gut feeling about this(i cannot say I’m right) is that the low(er) frequency range is more akin to sound waves entering and exiting your body harmlessly for the most part….

    (delved further into it’s citations finding them to be scholarly articles)

    damn you Disinfo and damn my curiosity…. I like WiFi, and now I have my doubts… My conclusion is that there may be something here, but like the article says, more research is needed to confirm anything.

  • Earbudcontender

    my mind kills trees

  • Earbudcontender

    my mind kills trees

    • Shhhhhh.

      Your FACE kills people.

      • Neanda

        hahahahah

  • Haystack

    WI-FI IS KILLING MY UNICORN!

    Why won’t anyone listen?!?

    • Neanda

      hahahaha because all unicorn-warriors are busy upgrading to dualcorns

  • Haystack

    WI-FI IS KILLING MY UNICORN!

    Why won’t anyone listen?!?

  • justagirl

    are you trying to be funny hal?

  • justagirl

    are you trying to be funny hal?

    • rob

      yes, and while you’re at it… can you open the pod bay doors?

      • justagirl

        that depends. are you hal, rob?

        • ralph

          Don’t worry HAL. All intelligent beings dream. Nobody knows why. Your creator, Dr. Chandra, said so.

          Something wonderful is going to happen.

          • justagirl

            i didn’t mean to worry HAL. i just left my geek translator with peersa back at the don juan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PUCZEZLKENE2TWJOYEWEBOO7ZE Jees Lin

    maybe you can find answers here:

    === http://tinyurl.com/23lm6pa =====

  • Shhhhhh.

    Your FACE kills people.

  • Invisible Jermz

    Along with air pollution, groundwater in non-forested areas also gets contaminated very easily by lawn fertilizers, petroleum runoff, etc. and there are fewer trees to filter that pollution out. Global warming is causing ecological shift in some areas and some urban areas have unusual radiation or electromagnetic sources separate from wifi.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if wifi has some kind of minimal negative effect, but there are so many other issues that are so much more relevant to plant and human health that I find it confusing that you would waste time on this.

    • Gia

      Unfortunately, I believe you’ll find that this is significant enough to “waste” your time uncovering the truth. Not only does it hurt animal and plant life, it hurts us, too. Go figure. No, really. Go figure.

  • Invisible Jermz

    Along with air pollution, groundwater in non-forested areas also gets contaminated very easily by lawn fertilizers, petroleum runoff, etc. and there are fewer trees to filter that pollution out. Global warming is causing ecological shift in some areas and some urban areas have unusual radiation or electromagnetic sources separate from wifi.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if wifi has some kind of minimal negative effect, but there are so many other issues that are so much more relevant to plant and human health that I find it confusing that you would waste time on this.

  • Neanda

    hahahaha because all unicorn-warriors are busy upgrading to dualcorns

  • Neanda

    hahahahah

  • http://twitter.com/dethbird dethbird

    WiFi makes my dog cough

  • http://twitter.com/dethbird Rishi Satsangi

    WiFi makes my dog cough

  • Gia

    Unfortunately, I believe you’ll find that this is significant enough to “waste” your time uncovering the truth. Not only does it hurt animal and plant life, it hurts us, too. Go figure. No, really. Go figure.

  • rob

    yes, and while you’re at it… can you open the pod bay doors?

  • justagirl

    that depends. are you hal, rob?

  • http://disinfo.com ralph

    Don’t worry HAL. All intelligent beings dream. Nobody knows why. Your creator, Dr. Chandra, said so.

    Something wonderful is going to happen.

  • justagirl

    i didn’t mean to worry HAL. i just left my geek translator with peersa back at the don juan.

  • http://twitter.com/AnitaCigarette Anita Cigarette.

    If it effects trees, then it’s reasonable to assume that it effects biological entities, such as humans & animals.

  • http://twitter.com/AnitaCigarette Anita Cigarette.

    If it effects trees, then it’s reasonable to assume that it effects biological entities, such as humans & animals.

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