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Are dry summers to blame for out-of-season flowers?

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While visiting his parents’ New Jersey home in late September, Andrew Goldman noticed something strange: Their crabapple tree was blooming. Goldman, who works with edible plants and lives in Rhode Island, said that the tree typically blooms in April. In the 20 years his family has lived in the house,[…]

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As allergy seasons worsen, children face increased health risks

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This spring, tree pollen season in Spring Hope, North Carolina, hit harder than any Vicky Autrey can remember. Large clouds of green pine pollen drifted past her front porch, over-the-counter allergy medicines failed to quell symptoms, and her 1-year-old grandson had trouble breathing. “His allergy attack was so bad, he[…]

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Year in Review 2018: From droughts to floods

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In many ways ISeeChange in 2018 was either a story of precipitation or lack thereof. Floods, hurricanes, droughts and wildfires impacted communities across the globe. In the U.S., ISeeChangers revealed a widening gap between east and west. In the winter, western states were warm and dry, while east of the[…]

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The race to slow stormwater and predict future rain

Floodwater damage in Arcadia, Wis., July 21. Heavy rains soaked western Wisconsin July 19 causing flooding across western Wisconsin. Wisconsin National Guard photo by Capt. Joe Trovato

High on a hill above the village of Cross Plains, Wisconsin the rain came down in sheets against the windows of the house where I was staying. As I listened to the wind thrash tree branches, I’d never been more grateful to be on high ground. After a few hours[…]

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How will plants and their pollinators face a warmer world?

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Twice a day, Lorne Covington walks his dogs around his 20 acres in Skaneateles, New York. Covington’s lot is mostly wooded, with a four-acre wildflower meadow. Typically in July, he sees wasps, carpenter and bumble bees buzzing around the flowers. This summer the buzzing was for all practical purposes non-existent.[…]

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