Even though she’d been walking in the woods for only a few minutes, Jen McIntyre was in distress. Tears were running down her cheeks. She couldn’t breathe through her nose. "I feel like this is our new reality," McIntyre said recently of the allergies that have begun to plague her. McIntyre, 43, of Mount Airy, never had allergies, aside from reactions to the odd dog or horse. Did something happen to her? Or did it happen to the world around her? Perhaps both…The more data researchers analyze, the more evidence that climate change is driving a rise in allergens – and allergies. Take ragweed. It is slowly, but perceptibly, blooming earlier and earlier, said Leonard Bielory, an allergy expert at Rutgers University.
/ / / Longer pollen seasons nothing to sneeze at