Caldicott: Plants in Tokyo died from Fukushima fallout — “See these spots? That’s from radiation falling on the ginkos” (VIDEO)

Published: May 1st, 2012 at 11:45 pm ET


Title: Who cares? Helen Caldicott and Kate Orff in conversation
Author: Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Date Filmed: April 2, 2012
Date Uploaded: Apr 13, 2012
Description: Columbia University’s Wood Auditorium — Helen Caldicott, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP

At 58:08 in

Now this is interesting.

This is Japan in the spring soon after the accident, Tokyo.

And here are the azaleas that have just come out with their leaves, and they’ve died — from the fallout.

These are the ginkos […] and see these spots? That’s from radiation falling on the ginkos, and you extract that to people’s lungs, and so radiation is in people’s lungs.

Much of Tokyo is highly radioactive […]

Tokyo is extremely radioactive and there are 30 million people living there.

Published: May 1st, 2012 at 11:45 pm ET


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8 comments to Caldicott: Plants in Tokyo died from Fukushima fallout — “See these spots? That’s from radiation falling on the ginkos” (VIDEO)

  • Here's a video of leaf spots that I documented in The California Foothills of Tulare County. Looks very similar to the ginko.

    Dated 10/22/2011

    The leaves have not been tested. I still have them and the one remains spotted.

    What goes up, must come down.

    • patb2009

      if you want, take some ginko leaves put them on top of some xray film for a month, and see if you can form an AutoRadiograph.

  • charlie3

    Keep in mind that gingkos are highly resistant to radiation – this was discovered when they were the only plant to survive the two nukes the US dropped in Japan during WWII.

  • Spectrometising

    >>"A-bombed Ginkgo trees in Hiroshima, Japan
    + documentary film"
    "At the end of World War II on August 6, 1945 an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by the Americans. The plants and trees in the area around the epicentre were examined in September 1945. Among the survivors were the six Ginkgo biloba trees shown on this page. They were situated near the blast center"………

  • many moons

    In our garden here in Alabama we have leaves that have these same brown spots. They are leaves and areas on the leaf thst were hit more by the rain than other leaves that grow under the plant more and are more protected. I've never seen this strange pattern of spots on leaves that isn't associated with a disease.

  • ion jean ion jean

    I have seen last fall these large black circles on many maple leaves that fell…I was told it was a fungus and had been witnessed in years prior, but the proliferation of it was greater than I had ever seen…this spring, there are an unprecedented number of maple seedlings…

    Sometimes, plants LOVE a good dose of RADIATION, or EMFs…

    When family comes to visit now, I say "Welcome to my Atomic Garden!"