August 3, 2012
Hay Fever Season Is About To Explode in New Jersey
. According to Rutgers allergy specialist and CECI affiliate Dr. Leonard Bielory
the looming hay fever season promises to be very intense as a result of extreme moisture caused by a combination of thunderstorms and high temperatures. The high moisture levels have contributed to an explosive growth in mold spores, as well as contributed to the pervasive growth of ragweed, mudwort and other allergy causing plants. Ragweed in particular affects many people and has migrated north over the last few decades, contributing to a hay fever season that starts up to 3 weeks earlier than it did 25 years ago.August 2, 2012
. Farmer Believes Government at Fault for Drought’s Consequences
. Approximately two thirds of all counties in the United States are in a state of severe drought, while more than half have been designated as primary disaster areas by the Department of Agriculture. Rutgers climate scientist and CECI affiliate Jennifer Francis
says the drought falls in line with what climate models have been predicting. As carbon dioxide continues to accumulate in the atmosphere and drive global climate change, conditions in the southwest and central part of the United States are expected to become drier and experience more frequent heat waves.