Mark Broomhall, a naturalist and ethno-botanist conducted an exhaustive study on the devastating effects of EMF technology at Nightcap National Park over a 15 year period (2000-2015).
"From the 1960’s until just after the millennium, the Mt. Nardi telecommunications tower complex used analogue technology. Since late in the 1970’s Mt. Nardi residents have witnessed a steady increase in species diversity. It wasn’t until the Analogue Era was drawing to a close, along with the advent of digital wireless technology in the years 2002 to 2004, that I began to notice a decline in insect diversity and population. This period was at the back-end of a prolonged nationwide drought and there was much talk of global warming.
Initially, I attributed the insect decline to these events. I later learnt of “mobile phone pulsed microwave technology” and understood from press reports that this was being installed on Mt. Nardi. This technology is named universally by the industry, the press, and the public at large, as “3G.” With this knowledge, I began to suspect that perhaps something else was happening on Mt. Nardi. At the same time, further additions included Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) technology.
In the year 2009, enhanced 3G technology was installed and a further 150 pay television channels were added to the tower. Following these additions, I witnessed the exodus of 27 bird species from Mt. Nardi while simultaneously, insect volumes and species variety dropped dramatically.
In late 2012 and early 2013, with the construction of a new tower in the complex and the introduction of a 600,000-watt generator, the system was upgraded to what became universally known as “4G.” Immediately after, I witnessed the rapid exodus of a further 49 bird species. From this time, all locally known bat species became scarce, 4 common species of cicada almost disappeared, as well as the once enormous, varied population of moths & butterfly species. Frogs and tadpole populations were drastically reduced; the massive volumes and diverse species of ant populations became uncommon to rare.
Without further refined studies, it is difficult to estimate the percentage of wildlife once common on Mt. Nardi that has become rare or disappeared from the World Heritage Area. I estimate, in both volume and species that from 70 to 90 % of the wildlife has become rare or has disappeared from the Nightcap National Park within a 2-3 km radius of the Mt. Nardi tower complex. This statement can be summarised with concrete data:
3 bat species once common have become rare or gone
11 threatened and endangered bird species are gone
11 migratory bird species are gone
86 bird species are demonstrating unnatural behaviours
66 once common bird species are now rare or gone.
There was an unexpected peak in the species count when repairs caused the power on the installation to be cut for three days. This biological explosion was also occasioned by the last seen demonstration of termites (Isoptera) leaving their nests, which resulted in a veritable ‘festival of birds.’ The precision of the biological response to the 3-day power cut was both extraordinary and telling; I have not seen the termites en masse since that time."