A lot of us know the feeling -- the uncontrollable sneezing, the red and watery eyes, the scratchy throat. That's right, allergy season has arrived.
We ran a tape spot this morning at 7:15 in which correspondent Martin Savidge reported that the pollen count is at unprecedented highs for this time of year in many areas around the country.
One expert in the spot suggested that climate change -- and the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere -- is responsible for the rise in the pollen count and the increase of allergy symptoms.
Of course, there's a lot of debate about climate change. Just yesterday, a spokesman for Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla), said, "[Carbon dioxide] is not an air pollutant and should not be treated as one." Inhofe (pictured to the left) has also called global warming, "The greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people."
Somehow, I don't think he and Al Gore are going to be taking any romantic vacations together anytime soon.
I'm not looking to launch a debate on the existence of human-induced climate change here -- but I am curious if you've noticed that you're suffering from allergy symptoms earlier than usual.
I consider myself a mild sufferer from allergies (but I think I can hear my brother, Jeff, sneezing right now in New Jersey), and I haven't started feeling the symptoms yet here in New York City. Have you started sneezing in your part of the country? And does it seem like you're feeling the effects of allergy symptoms earlier in the year than usual?