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Hikers Beware: Poison Ivy Thriving with Global Warming

It pays to know your enemy especially when it can give you a crazy rash. Yep, I am talking about poison ivy. Seems that the evil weed is thriving as carbon dioxide levels rise.

According to a study published in Weed Science Journal the slight elevation in carbon dioxide levels that we have experienced since the 1950s have caused poison ivy plants to double in size. Not only that, but the itch causing substance "urushiol" is more concentrated these days too. Yikes! Talk about a one-two punch. With all that, it is not a surprise that severe poison ivy induced rashes are on the rise.

Careful when you are out on the trails and if you are not sure you can identify the plant read: Know Your Enemy: Poison Ivy.

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Revrend117 Revrend117 7 years
"Leafs of three, let it be. Leafs of four, eat some more." H. Simpson
MissLee82 MissLee82 8 years
Excellent points girls!
MissLee82 MissLee82 8 years
Excellent points girls!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
We are still coming out of the last Ice Age. I think the global warming media induced frenzy is a sham, and am not going to debate that but wanted to relay some information i learned in 5th grade science class: Plants use carbon dioxide for food, and release oxygen as a bi-product. So, not just poison ivy, but ALL PLANTS, for the most part are thriving as carbon dioxide levels rise, and are creating that much more oxygen for us to breathe. If we stop releasing carbon, the plants will die. hmm.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
We are still coming out of the last Ice Age.I think the global warming media induced frenzy is a sham, and am not going to debate that but wanted to relay some information i learned in 5th grade science class: Plants use carbon dioxide for food, and release oxygen as a bi-product. So, not just poison ivy, but ALL PLANTS, for the most part are thriving as carbon dioxide levels rise, and are creating that much more oxygen for us to breathe. If we stop releasing carbon, the plants will die. hmm.
tarunkjuyal tarunkjuyal 9 years
The study found that global warming since 1985 has been caused neither by an increase in solar radiation nor by a decrease in the flux of galactic cosmic rays. Some researchers had also suggested that the latter might influence global warming because the rays trigger cloud formation. I am write a blog which gave complete information about <b><a href=http://www.lifeofearth.blogspot.com>Global Warming</A></b>.
tarunkjuyal tarunkjuyal 9 years
The study found that global warming since 1985 has been caused neither by an increase in solar radiation nor by a decrease in the flux of galactic cosmic rays. Some researchers had also suggested that the latter might influence global warming because the rays trigger cloud formation. I am write a blog which gave complete information about Global Warming.
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