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The United States Department of Agriculture has confirmed in recent studies that in the northern US, the pollen season is “lasting anywhere from 13 days to 27 days longer than it had lasted in 1995.”

Remember the good old days when you only got the “spring sniffles” for a few weeks as the new leaves began sprouting on the trees?  And doesn’t it seem like now, for some reason, you’re taking your antihistamine almost as often as you take your multi-vitamin?  That’s not your imagination; that’s climate change at work.

A USDA scientist and his collaborators have proven that ragweed pollen in some parts of the northern United States and Canada now hangs around almost a month longer than it did as recently as 1995.  The researchers’ results show those increases are correlated to seasonal warming shifts linked to climate change dynamics in the higher latitudes.

…The news is enough to make your eyes water:  From 1995 to 2009, the number of frost-free days at the higher-latitude study sites increased, and so did the length of the ragweed pollen season.

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