poison ivy http://wesa.fm en A Season for Bigger, Badder Poison Ivy http://wesa.fm/post/season-bigger-badder-poison-ivy <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-60fb134d-1738-a293-84f7-d70f6567131e" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">Global warming has had some unexpected consequences, some good, some bad, but perhaps none are quite so itchy as<a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/health/climate-change-is-making-poison-ivy-grow-bigger-and-badder-696379/"> the explosion in poison ivy growth</a>. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">Because of the abundance of CO2 in the air of late, weed plants such as poison are thriving, and biologist Joylette Portlock claims that poison ivy “could be growing twice as fast” by the middle of the 21st century. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">Around the country, people are facing rapidly growing &nbsp;poison ivy, often with pan-sized leaves. With that increased size comes an increase in <a href="http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/allergies/skin-allergies/question170.htm">urushiol</a>, the toxin that puts the “poison” in poison ivy.</span> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:15:45 +0000 John Lavanga 13741 at http://wesa.fm A Season for Bigger, Badder Poison Ivy