The 5G system proposed for New Zealand is a sort of hybrid wireless system in which telecommunications companies want to use microwaves and millimetre wave radiation. (Fibre optic cables may also be used to connect 5G cell sites with other infrastructure.)

Microwave radiation is also suspected to be causing significant  damage to urban trees.  Popular Science has reported that trees exposed to to urban wi-fi systems (which expose nearby plants and people to microwave radiation) have been “bleeding”.  You may read the article at the link below: https://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-11/wi-fi-radiation-killing-trees

Mobile phone base stations are also being linked to tree damage and you can learn more at this link: https://ehtrust.org/tree-damage-caused-mobile-phone-base-stations-observation-guide-helmut-breunig/

However, it appears that the millimetre wave radiation component of 5G systems may pose an even greater risk to trees – a risk of sudden death, in fact.

In March 2018, the British paper The Sun ran a story with the headline:  “5G TREE THREAT New 5G phone system could face reception problems from trees with too many LEAVES”.  (See: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5838497/5g-phone-system-reception-problems-trees/).

In at least one part of the UK, the local response to the facf that the leaves (and according to the article in the Sun possibly flowers of trees and also rain drops) could pose a problems for 5G networks, the solution appears to be to simply kill the trees.

In the English city of Sheffield there is a massive cull of mature, and in many cases, healthy street trees, going on, despite opposition from many residents (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/25/for-the-chop-the-battle-to-save-sheffields-trees).

There is speculation that the reason for the pianned destruction of almost half of Sheffield’s street trees is to facilitate a planned 5G system – see https://ninanco.com/food/sustainable-local/deforestation-5g-closer-home-might-think/.

If you think the sort of madness that is causing conflict in Sheffield (and depriving many people in Sheffield of the benefits of living near the mature trees that they loved) couldn’t happen in New Zealand, think again.

A recent article in The NZ Herald reported that a judge had ruled that “undue interference with a wi-fi signal caused by trees could constitute an undue interference with the reasonable use and enjoyment of an applicant’s land for the purposes of s 335(1)(vi) of the [Property Law] Act.”

On this basis, urban trees in NZ that interfere with a telecommunications company’s 5G system might be vulnerable to being trimmed or even felled.  (I might add, that for some trees, particularly some NZ native trees, trimming is not as innocuous as it may sound; it can substantially reduce the lifespan of some trees.)

So, do you appreciate the beauty of street trees and the oxygen that they provide for you?  If the answer to this question is yes, I hope you’ll think about what you can do to help New Zealand’s campaign against 5G.

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