5G reaches Leeds: tech phenomenon or severe health risk?

As O2 brings 5G to Leeds, we discover that such technological advances may be harming our health

By Aidan Kerr

As O2 become the latest mobile provider to launch the superfast 5G network, a booming city centre location has been chosen as the epicentre for the improved network connection.

Trinity Leeds, located in the heart of Leeds, has been announced as the location for the launch, beginning today.

Focusing primarily on increased browsing speed and enhanced data connection, the world-renowned mobile provider have aimed to launch the 5G network in busy city centre locations, where improved mobile internet access would be most desired.

“Today is a significant moment for our customers”

Along with city centre locations in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Slough – the location of O2s head office, Leeds will experience technology that is being dubbed as ‘the next generation of mobile networking.’

Flickr Shoppers using O2 should be able to access 5G at the Trinity Centre in time for the busy Christmas retail period

In collaboration with their parent company Telefonica, a spokesperson for O2 said: “Today is a significant moment for our customers and our businesses as we switch on the O2 5G network.

“We’re launching with a range of tariffs that make it easy and fair to customers to access 5G, with flexible plans that cost no more than 4G.

“We’re also switching on 5G in important parts of towns and cities first, places where it will benefit customers and businesses most.”

Yet, there are a number of health concerns associated with 5G wireless networks.

“Effects of this include increased cancer risks”

In June, a request made by an anonymous local resident was made for Leeds City Council to investigate harmful effects of 5G technology.

The member of public provided information that 5G networks can “increase exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic fields.

“Effects of this include increased cancer risks, cellular stress, genetic damages, structural changes to the reproductive system, memory deficits and neurological disorders.”

Wikipedia There are a host of campaign groups across various social media platforms working to ban 5G

A Leeds City Council note to committee members claims there is no concerning evidence that 5G could have serious health impacts.

There were various petitions to get 5G wireless services banned from Glastonbury festival this year for a host of reasons.

Louise Thomas runs a Facebook group aimed at stopping the development of 5G in her home county of Somerset, where Glastonbury festival takes place. She has carried out extensive research on the negative effects.

Wikipedia There were calls for 5G to be banned at Glastonbury Festival this year

“One of the issues is that Public Health England uses the guidelines from the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection.

“The safety limits guidelines set by ICNIRP are set too high. They are set so high that they aren’t protecting us from harm. Peer reviewed research has shown unequivocal damage caused by electromagnetic radiation well below these limits.

“These guidelines are for thermal heating short exposure times and do not take into account longer prolonged periods of exposure or take into account the accumulation and non-thermal effect.

“From a health perspective the NHS is currently undergoing huge pressures, which it is struggling to cope with. Is it wise to introduce a technology, which is acknowledged by many scientists and physicians as being potentially responsible for increasing health issues in our populations.”

“The safety limits guidelines set by ICNIRP are set too high”

Louise shared with Leeds Hacks a large number of worldwide appeals focusing on the matter and said: “There is an undeniable amount of Independent Peer-Reviewed research showing the damaging effects of non-ionising electromagnetic radiation.

“Cancer, nervous system disruption and reproductive impairment and many more serious effects have been demonstrated.”

“There will be a constellation 20,000 5G satellites around the entire planet , potentially threatening our planet’s atmosphere.”

About the Author

Aidan Kerr
Aidan is a third year Journalism student at Leeds Beckett University.

10 Comments on "5G reaches Leeds: tech phenomenon or severe health risk?"

  1. Thank goodness we have journalists who haven’t been issued a directive to write biased pro-telecoms articles, as seems to be the case with most mainstream press. The public tide is turning against 5G as more and more citizens and councillors discover that the scientific consensus is that wifi and 2G up to 5G have been demonstrated to cause serious health problems in 1000s of authoritative studies. Subjecting every member of the population to harmful microwave radiation 24/7 is unethical and probably illegal. It also hugely increases the carbon footprint of the IT industry and all signs are that it could be devastating to our vital pollinators such as bees. ‘Progress’ in technology needs to be constructive and sustainable, not destructive and dystopian.

  2. Both: tech phenomenon AND (profound) health risk. Worth it? Probably not … unless you’re a corporate psychopath or one of their puppets in government/regulatory agencies.

  3. Allison Collins | 18 October 2019 at 00:33 | Reply

    We need proof, absolute proof that this is safe for us all, I for one do not consent to this being rolled out.
    Did nobody go to Ian R Cranes talk early October in Leeds on the dangers of 5G?

  4. Stuart Raith | 18 October 2019 at 06:40 | Reply

    If the telecommunications industry’s plans for 5G come to fruition, no person, no animal, no bird, no insect and no plant on Earth will be able to avoid exposure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to levels of RF radiation that are tens to hundreds of times greater than what exists today, without any possibility of escape anywhere on the planet. These 5G plans threaten to provoke serious, irreversible effects on humans and permanent damage to all of the Earth’s ecosystems.

  5. Susie Jewell | 18 October 2019 at 09:07 | Reply

    Congratulations for bring attention to the dangers of 5G. It an intelligent and brave article which is much needed in this climate of propaganda and inaccurate reporting. It takes guts to report the truth based on actual scientific evidence. Well done indeed.

  6. Very worrying, 5 councils across the Uk wisely have a moratorium on 5G until further disinterested scientific testing is carried out into its safety, it is banned across some US states, for safety concerns, banned in Brussels and Geneva…we are part of a big experiment… hugely worrying implications for our health, we will be exposed to untested MWs 24/7, open your eyes people. No one is adverse to technological advances but this is a huge worry, wifi itself is listed by the World Health Organisation as a carcinogen, look into it.

  7. Would you allow a baby or toddler to smoke 20 a day? So why let this happen? This is the biggest health cover-up scandal of our time! Corrupt officials at Public Health England endorsing twisted analysis of the facts, whilst earning a backhander from a $7 trillion business. For 25 yrs the industry has been orchestrating a global PR campaign aimed at misleading not only journalists, but also consumers and policymakers about the actual science concerning mobile phone radiation. Indeed, big wireless has borrowed the very same strategy and tactics big tobacco and big oil pioneered to deceive the public about the risks of smoking and climate change, respectively. And like their tobacco and oil counterparts, wireless industry CEOs lied to the public even after their own scientists privately warned that their products could be dangerous, especially to children.”

  8. This needs to be thoroughly tested unlike tobacco, asbestos and thalidomide etc

  9. An untested,unlawful Military Grade Weapons systems has been unleashed! Time to fight back citizens!

  10. Finally a journalist fairly reporting the considerable and legitimate concerns of many people around the world regarding this race to roll out a technology that may have wide-ranging and devastating consequences for people and wildlife alike.

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