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Peak hayfever season around the corner

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7News
Nov. 21, 2021

Australian National University expert Simon Haberle says the ACT has also experienced high levels of allergenic tree pollen likely brought on by a wet winter.

Peak hayfever season around the corner

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The Canberra Times
Nov. 21, 2021

Australian National University expert Simon Haberle says the ACT has also experienced high levels of allergenic tree pollen likely brought on by a wet winter

Canberrans with hay fever struggle through ACT's worst pollen season on record

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ABC Online
Nov. 15, 2021

Hay fever sufferers across the ACT are in for a rough summer — with 2021 already topping the charts for the worst year on record for pollen counts.

Canberra’s 2021 grass pollen season already worst on record

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Canberra Weekly
Nov. 11, 2021

Canberra pollen expert, ANU Professor Simon Haberle, says this year’s grass pollen season is the worst he has seen in the decade he’s spent monitoring local levels.

Canberra pollen level at decade high levels

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The Canberra Times
Nov. 7, 2021

The pollen count in Canberra is the highest it's been in at least a decade, the period over which measurements have been taken. The season started slowly, according to Professor Simon Haberle of the ANU but then took off as temperatures rose.

Canberra records highest pollen levels in 10 years (and there’s more to come)

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The Riot-ACT
Nov. 2, 2021

Just when Canberrans might have thought they were out of the woods when it comes to hayfever, chances are the itchy eyes and stuffy noses came back with a vengeance last week. If you’re a hayfever sufferer, the bad news is there are two pollen seasons in the ACT.

Canberra's worst day for hayfever sufferers in a decade

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The Canberra Times
Oct. 29, 2021

It might have seemed like a perfect day, with sunny skies and new freedoms but spare a thought for Canberra's hayfever sufferers this Friday. The ANU reported the largest number of grass pollens it's ever had in more than 10 years of monitoring.

As one bumper pollen season comes to an end, another begins – but experts say there may be a silver lining

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The RiotACT
Oct. 4, 2021

As one bumper pollen season comes to an end, the region will slide smoothly – albeit with itchy eyes and sneezing – into the next.

However, renowned pollen expert Professor Simon Haberle wants to focus on what he thinks could be a silver lining for hay fever sufferers in the weeks ahead.

Wet weather creates a springtime buzz as bees begin to thrive

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The Canberra Times
Sept. 8, 2021

While Canberra is notorious for high levels of pollen in spring, Professor Simon Haberle, a palaeoecologist from the Australian National University, says he's predicting a stronger allergy season compared to previous years.
"The increase in rain leads to more plant productivity and we have noticed a lot more pollen because of this," he said.
"The link to bees is there's more pollen for them to forage, which will likely increase the number of them around the ACT.

Extreme misery in the wind, says That Pollen Guy

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Canberra City News
Sept. 1, 2021

THE onset of an “extreme” hay fever and asthma season will be adding to the covid woes of many locals.

Prof Simon Haberle, director of ANU School of Culture, History and Language, is the expert leading a team of researchers who track daily pollen and spore counts on the Canberra Pollen website.