The US department of the Interior states in a letter relating to the matter of the installation of Wi-fi all over the globe (known as First Net), that the birds could be in danger from this wireless proposal. Also, such proposals do not comply with the laws concerned with the protection of birds. An environmental review was requested by the department.
The radiation emitted by towers and collisions with phone towers have increased the death risks of 245 bird species, including the birds that are endangered or in fear of being endangered such as eagles, migratory birds and Birds of Conservation Concern. The number of birds that die from collisions with towers each year is around 6.8 million.
It was discovered in a study on the effect of radiation on wild birds, that birds abandoned their nests, shed their feathers and died as a consequence of radiation. The birds that were the main focus of the study were House Sparrows, White Storks, Collared Doves and other species. It was also also observed that chick embryos experienced heart attacks and died because of the radiation.
The Department of the Interior expressed its disapproval on the FCC’s radiation safety guidelines in the letter in the following words, “the electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today.”