Smart Meters harm trees

After Smart Meters were deployed in Oregon, one resident observed:

The trees started exhibiting grey/white patches on their bark, some patches as thick as paint. The bark was splitting on most trees, and appearing scabbed over and covered in fungi, lichen, and moss. Now these trees, from Portland, throughout Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Forest Grove are dying and falling to the ground at an alarming rate. ALL trees, that I have seen, are showing signs of disease or infestation, even the huge ancient ones.

These pictures are of damage to oak and pine trees in Monterey, California, where there are wireless Smart Meters and their mesh network. Smart Meter deployment began in 2011. This damage is accelerating. Now there is also Comcast Xfinity Wi-Fi.
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[Note: the pink-purple color showing up on some photos is not part of the original photos and occurred when transferred to the web]

There is severe harm to the oaks and pines. The pines have deep cracks, fissures, with red showing. Some pine bark looks like it’s loose, merely sitting on the surface of the tree, ready to slough off. Some of the fissures are bleeding pitch. The oak fissures are getting deeper and broader.

How soon before these trees are fatally split to the core?

When tree damage in Netherlands started occurring paralleling wireless deployment, the Wageningen University did a 5-year study on aspens, exposing them to this radiation. They reported their findings in 2010. Their findings: that Wi-Fi radiation can alter growth patterns and cause bleeding and fissures in growing tree bark, and discoloration of leaves.

By the end of the study, at least 70% of urban trees in Netherlands were exhibiting these symptoms, whereas five years earlier, at the beginning of the study, 10% of trees were showing injury.

Wireless radiation causes cellular and nitrosative stress, impacts the immune system, causes calcium ions to leave cell membranes, making them leak, interferes with cell membrane function, damages genes and DNA, causes cancers and tumors.

British biologist Andrew Goldsworthy says:

Our present exposure to man-made microwaves is about a million billion billion (one followed by eighteen zeros) times greater than our natural exposure to these frequencies.
The Biological Effects of Weak Electromagnetic Fields, p. 4. March 2012

Trees are now dying mysteriously from a variety of diseases in urban areas all over Europe and are also showing abnormal photoperiodic responses. In addition, many have cancer-like growths under the bark (phloem nodules) and the bark may also split so that the underlying tissues become infected. All of these can be explained as being a result of weak radio-frequency radiation from mobile phones, their base stations, WiFi and similar sources of weak non-ionising radiation. But first let us look at how living organisms use electric currents that they generate themselves and which perform vital functions in their normal day-to-day metabolism and growth. We will then go on to see how weak electromagnetic fields can disrupt these and bring about many unwanted biological effects.
Why Our Urban Trees are Dying, 2011.

The German report “Birds, Bees and Mankind: Destroying Nature by Electrosmog” detailed the research showing extensive impacts from artificial EMF and RF on birds, bees, and humans.

“Today, unprecedented exposure levels and intensities of magnetic, electric, and electromagnetic fields from numerous wireless technologies interfere with the natural information system and functioning of humans, animals, and plants. The consequences of this development, which have already been predicted by critics for many decades, cannot be ignored anymore. Bees and other insects vanish; birds avoid certain places and become disorientated at others. Humans suffer from functional impairments and diseases. And insofar as the latter are hereditary, they will be passed on to next generations as pre-existing defects”
Bees, Birds and Mankind, Ulrich Warnke, p. 47. 2007

A 2012 study in India on impacts to plants found

“morphological changes like decrease in growth rate in terms of height, number of branches and leaves is seen in such plants. Their leaf size gets decreased, leaves become more brittle and they fell off early.
“The biochemical tests indicated that after exposure there is a decrease in assimilatory pigments like chlorophylls and anthocyanins which shows decrease in photosynthetic rate in plants. At the same time, the carotenoid pigment content increased which resulted in the aging effect,” director of Junagadh-based Noble Group of Institutions Ved Vyas Dwivedi said.
…”At the same time, carbohydrates like starch and cellulose which are the main constituents of leaf cell wall decrease upon long term exposure. Sugar and water content also got decreased,” said Dwivedi.
Shockingly, in tulsi, which is a medicinal plant, its anti-microbial activity reduced after the plant was exposed to electromagnetic waves.
…”Protein content of those plants which were exposed to radiation had fallen drastically compared to those plant which were grown naturally,” added Dwivedi.

Wolfgang Volkrodt, now deceased, was a physicist and an electrical engineer at Siemens AG. He conducted research into the harm to trees. He wrote numerous papers (1), some only available in German.

Wolfgang Volkrodt and fellow researcher Ulrich Hertel wrote:

“. . .There is also this important fact: any tree may act as a receiving dielectric rod or monopole antenna with the ability to both absorb energy from the wave passing by and to scatter the wave in many directions. If the polarization of the transmitting tower antenna matches the particular tree or trees (i.e. vertical orientation of the antenna which is usually the case for collinear dipole arrays on towers), maximum coupling or absorption of the wave energy by the tree will occur. Polarization and conduction currents will generally flow to the root system.
Chapter 11:“Brief Overview of the Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on the Environment” by Raymond S. Kasevich, BSEE, MSE, PE, Registered Professional Electrical ;Cell Towers: Wireless Convenience or Environmental Hazard? Proceedings of the ‘Cell Towers Forum’ State of the Science/State of the Law edited by B. Blake Levitt (2001)

Volkrodt provided evidence in his papers that forests are also being impacted, not by acid rain, but by the acidification of the soil due to “electrosmog.”

“Microwaves are ‘received’ by our trees and finally converted into electrical currents which flow into the soil….A type of electric rectification takes place within the cell membranes. In turn, the direct current that spreads from the roots into the soil causes a type of electrolysis. And this, in turn – and not ‘acid rain’ – leads to the soil ‘acidification’ which is being repeatedly observed in the ground under trees exhibiting the new type of forest damage.”
Are Microwaves faced with a fiasco similar to that experienced by nuclear energy? 1991

Trees are fellow creatures – alive, intelligent and sentient — and elders.

Completely ignoring that fact , they and phytoplankton also provide most of the world’s oxygen.

Fukushima radiation is rapidly destroying the Pacific Ocean and its sea life. With wireless radiation killing trees, how long before oxygen becomes a scarce commodity? How long before we have to ration oxygen?

The wireless mesh network and star system of Smart Meters are a powerful part of the problem. Then, Comcast is deploying its Xfinity and creating Wi-Fi hotspots everywhere. Wi-Max is being deployed, blanketing whole cities or areas. The U.S. and states like California are pushing broadband (generally wireless) throughout the country. Google wants to broadcast from the sky.

That’s in addition to cell towers, radio and TV broadcasting antennas, and satellites.

How long before human technology kills all life, directly or indirectly?

How many research studies have to be done before people listen?


(1) Wolfgang Volkrodt, Ph.D., former Siemens scientist in Germany, wrote and published several articles on environmental contamination by microwaves. “Our environment is contaminated by microwaves. At present, the consequences are largely unexplored; however, observations of trees offer dire foreboding.” The following pdf files offer an introduction and selection of Dr. Volkrodt’s research and supporting documents:

From EMR Policy Institute

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