Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, Jul 21, 2015 (at 39:45 in):
- Jan Vande Putte, radiation safety specialist (emphasis added): The impact on wildlife is very important and largely unexplored… by the authorities so far. We have now seen last year the proof of how crucial a good understanding of the impact on wildlife is. In Chernobyl, it has been studied in detail, the impact of decreasing numbers of what we could call microorganisms, insects…
- Question: Thank you so much. My name is (Makiko Sato?), I’m a freelancer currently working for the Korea Times. I so appreciate [your comments] about the impact on wildlife. I just visited Iitate Village and happened to meet some local photographers who are taking, already starting from this year… mutations of plants. I’ll show you the photos. I hear that the number of insects – especially cicada — the sound of cicada is decreased. It’s not only him, but Kawauchi villager and also Iitate villager says it’s true…
- Vande Putte: Insects are actually very interesting to look at… It’s extremely difficult to build a model to estimate dose to an ant or to an insect. Very little research has been done on that. There’s some causal relationship… in the areas where we have more radiation, we observe clearly lower amounts of insects… That’s very clear… The full explanation of that is not available yet. We would really urge a lot more research in that area because it could also teach us something about the relationship between radiation and impact of radiation on life in general.
The Weather Channel (NBCUniversal), Jul 20 2015: Four years after the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, strange things still are happening to the plants and animals living there. Recent years have brought reports of deformed fruit and mutant butterflies, but the latest is a remarkable photo of deformed daisies.
Rossiya Segodnya – Sputnik (Russian gov’t news agency), Jul 22, 2015: … ‘mutant daisies’ found near Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are… raising concerns about the long-term effects of the now four-year-old disaster, and the safety of the areas… particularly as [the] government moves to lift evacuation orders… According to gardening experts, the flowers have been afflicted by a rare condition known as “fasciation” or “cresting,” which is typical in plant life exposed to high levels of radiation… The flowers are the latest in a long list of mutated life forms reported… A recent Greenpeace evaluation of a forested area by the nuclear plant found that it would be “impossible for people to safely return to their homes,” because of how “widespread” the contamination remains… radiation levels are still ten times more than the maximum deemed safe for the public.
See also: Former Japan News Anchor: The mutations have begun in Fukushima; Birds blind, unable to fly — Magazine: Fukushima birds in tailspin, the proverbial canary in coalmine — Prof.: Birds with mutations found all over contaminated areas (VIDEO)
Published: July 22nd, 2015 at 9:45 pm ET