A new study has determined that the radiation from Wi-Fi networks is having a harmful affect on trees, causing severe growth variations as well as bleeding in the tree bark.
According to PC World, researchers at Wageningen University found that almost all deciduous trees in the Western world could be affected by the radiation emitted by Wi-Fi networks.
The study was commissioned by the Dutch city of Alphen aan den Rijn after officials had found that trees in the city were being affected by something other than viral or bacterial infections.
The researchers found in their study that around 70 per cent of trees in the Netherlands were affected by the radiation, compared to only 10 per cent ten years ago. However, the study also found that trees in heavily forested areas were hardly affected by the disease.
As part of the study, 20 ash trees were exposed to various kinds of radiation for three months. It was found that those exposed nearest to the Wi-Fi apparatus had developed a silver covering on the leaves indicating that they were slowly dying.