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Climate Change May Be Contributing To D.C.'s Ragweed Problem

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D.C. is tied for 10th place in the list of Metro areas with the biggest ragweed problems, according to a new study. Ragweed is a source of pain for many allergy sufferers.
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D.C. is tied for 10th place in the list of Metro areas with the biggest ragweed problems, according to a new study. Ragweed is a source of pain for many allergy sufferers.

The D.C. area is in the top 10 for ragweed allergies, according to a new report put out by quest diagnostics health trends, and the report says the problem is getting worse.

Researchers believe there is a link to climate change. They believe climate is getting warmer which creates a longer blooming season, and this has led to a spike in the amount of ragweed and mold across the country for the past several years.

In 2009, the blooming season was a full one-month longer than it was in 1995, according to the study. Qwest Diagnostics says it is largest national allergy study ever conducted, with more than 2 million subjects.

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