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Katie Haggerty   (Source: Kira Horvath)

Aspen Trees  (Source:

Honey Bee  (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica's Advocacy for Animals)
Cell phone and other electronic use has depleted aspen seedlings and honey bees

Katie Haggerty is a woman with no academic degree from Lyons, Colorado, but she has published an environmental research paper in the International Journal of Forestry Research about the harmful effects radio waves have on aspen seedlings.

Haggerty started studying electromagnetic fields 20 years ago. She had heard of a preliminary

experiment conducted near her home north of Steamboat Mountain that aspen seedlings were healthier when shielded from radio waves.  

Sometime in 2005, she saw that her geraniums were stunted and had an inkling that it may have had to do with radio frequencies, since she placed her plants in a Faraday cage, which is covered by a metal screen that prevents radio frequency energy from "hitting" the plants. Haggerty's inkling was correct, since her geraniums were suddenly growing at a faster rate with larger leaves.

She first planted the aspen seedlings in 2007, where one group was in a Faraday cage, another was wrapped in fiberglass that didn't protect the plants from radio waves and the third group was completely unprotected. The procedure began in spring, and by the end of July, there were noticeable differences in growth. Once October approached, even the colors varied.

"I found that the shielded seedlings produced more growth, longer shoots, bigger leaves and more total leaf area," said Haggerty. "The shielded group produced 60 percent more leaf area and 74 percent more shoot length than the mock-shielded group.

"The leaves in the shielded group produced striking fall colors, while the two exposed groups stayed light green or yellow and were affected by areas of dead leaf tissue. The shielded leaves turned red, which was a good sign. The unshielded leaves in both exposed groups had extensive decay, and some leaves fell off while they were still green."

According to the U.S. Forest Service researchers, drought conditions are likely the cause of death for thousands of acres of aspen trees in Colorado. While Haggerty recognizes that her study is only a preliminary experiment, she argues that the surrounding area is "saturated" with radio waves from televisions, radios, microwave ovens, weather radar and cell phones that are contributing to the demise of these forests. 

"It appears that there may be negative effects on the health and growth of aspens from the radio frequency background," said Haggerty.

But trees are not the only victims falling dead to radio waves. According to researchers at Chandigarh's Panjab University in India, radiation from mobile phones is a key factor in the decline of honey bees throughout Europe and the United States. The experiment was conducted by putting two cell phones that were powered on for a total of one half hour per day inside one bee hive while putting dummy models of cell phones in another. Three months later, researchers found a severe decline in honey bees in the active cell phone infested hive. In addition, the queen bee in the powered cell phone hive produced less eggs.

Whether it's plants or bees, researchers and everyday citizens like Haggerty alike have proven that radio waves have an adverse effect on the surrounding environment and hope that it will change the point of views of doubters and help find ways to protect the environment.

Haggerty's paper sparked interest in Wayne Shepperd of the Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station, and he had Haggerty present her data at the regional conference on forest decline in Fort Collins in 2008. From there, the paper was accepted at the North American Forest Ecology Workshop at Utah State University and is now published in the scientific journal. 

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RE: Easy Experiment
By Goty on 7/9/2010 9:10:48 AM , Rating: 5
I like how you dropped radio in there with absolutely no connection to anything else you were saying. You do realize that "pressure waves" (aka sound) and radio waves are in no way the same thing, don't you?

RE: Easy Experiment
By Spivonious on 7/9/10, Rating: -1
RE: Easy Experiment
By Kurz on 7/9/2010 9:42:56 AM , Rating: 5
P-waves are type of elastic wave, also called seismic waves, that can travel through gases (as sound waves), solids and liquids, including the Earth.

There is a difference between an inherently electro Magnetic particle/wave and one thats based purely on matter interacting with matter.

RE: Easy Experiment
By Goty on 7/9/2010 10:05:00 AM , Rating: 5
You're a moron. Sound waves are mechanical waves that require a medium to travel, radio waves are electromagnetic waves (pure energy)that require no medium to travel. Other than the fact that we call them both waves, they literally have NOTHING to do with on another.

RE: Easy Experiment
By Kurz on 7/9/2010 10:25:57 AM , Rating: 2
What kind of person would rate you down? >.>

RE: Easy Experiment
By bupkus on 7/9/2010 10:47:51 AM , Rating: 1
Uhh... a moron who thought Goty was talking about him?

RE: Easy Experiment
By Spivonious on 7/9/10, Rating: -1
RE: Easy Experiment
By 2uantuM on 7/9/2010 12:35:01 PM , Rating: 2
No, we won't.

RE: Easy Experiment
By 91TTZ on 7/9/2010 11:50:16 AM , Rating: 2
No, a hundred years ago it was already understood that magnetism was related to electricity.

RE: Easy Experiment
By Quadrillity on 7/9/2010 2:59:54 PM , Rating: 4
I like how you dropped radio in there with absolutely no connection to anything else you were saying.

My connection was the unsupported theory of radio or pressure wave communication. I guess the slash was misleading as I do know the difference between pressure waves and radiation. Either way, bees and other small insects have been known to be extremely receptive to things we couldn't even imagine sensing. Maybe some of you are reading WAAAY to much into what I typed, idk.

Why not add something productive to this discussion instead of just setting out to make someone look stupid?

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