'The 5G health scare has many proponents and has fuelled the campaigns against new telecom masts.
Brighton and Hove City Council is the latest local authority in the UK to ban the installation of new 5G masts because of a perceived risk to public and ecological health.
The council joins Glastonbury, Frome and Totnes as the authorities that have agreed so far to block the erection of the critical networking infrastructure until more conclusive evidence has been published about the safety of the next-gen network's emissions.
Three masts were due to be installed near Hove Park in Brighton, but the council have since said they would create "visual clutter" and damage the area's character, according to The Argus.
Campaigners from the Brighton and Hove Radiation Free group have been campaigning against the masts for several months, claiming the emissions could harm the health of local residents.
The leader of an anti-5G campaigning group in Totnes, John Kitson, told the Daily Mail: "Telecom companies, Public Health England, the World Health Organisation (WHO) - they all say no adverse effects on human health have been established during the use of existing 3G and 4G networks."
"But there have been thousands of peer-reviewed scientific papers which raise concerns," he added. "More than 250 scientists have urged the EU to halt the rollout of 5G because it means a huge increase in electromagnetic radio frequencies on top of the existing network."
The Brighton and Hove Radiation Free group said the 5G radio wave frequency is below visible light but higher than microwaves, a level it considers unsafe.
The evidence to support the 5G health scare is mixed and ultimately inconclusive, although many governing bodies seem to reject the notion to some degree.
One of the most-cited studies that supports the argument is the one carried out on rats - a two-year longitudinal study which involved exposing rats' heads to mobile phone radio waves for nine hours a day for a period of two years. Some male rats developed cancerous tumours on their hearts but the females did not.'
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