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PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 


U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 


18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Report: Flowering Trees Bring More Sneezes in Washington

April 15, 2010

SEATTLE - Washington residents with allergies are well aware that spring is in full swing, as a new report from the National Wildlife Federation(NWF) finds that more people are suffering from allergies and related asthma than were affected 20 years ago. At the same time, seasonal allergy triggers are flourishing as the climate changes.

Researcher Paul Epstein of the Harvard University Center for Health and the Global Environment says that, setting aside the debate about global warming, it's a fact that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have risen. Scientists know that has an impact on plants, but Epstein says there are some new things they're learning.

"We knew that it would green the earth and stimulate plant growth. We hadn't foreseen that the nuisance, opportunistic species, like weeds, would make a lot more pollen."

Tree pollen is the chief allergy culprit in the spring and ragweed is the main problem in the fall.

Mike Tringale, director of external affairs with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, says the allergic reactions are more than just a nuisance; asthma can be life-threatening. He sees the report as a call to action for allergy sufferers and everyone else.

"We want them to improve their relationships with their doctors so that they can have a better allergy and asthma management plan, and we want communities to improve their response to the global warming problem."

The report shows that seasonal allergies and asthma affect 50 million people nationwide, and cost nearly $27 billion in medical expenses, with those numbers predicted to rise as trouble plants continue to expand their ranges and flowering seasons.

The report, "Extreme Allergies and Global Warming," is available online at
www.nwf.org

Deb Courson, Public News Service - WA