Press Coverage

Canberra has worst pollen season in years

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The Canberra Times
Dec. 29, 2020

Canberra has recorded one of its worst grass pollen seasons in years with the number of extreme pollen days more than double the previous recorded high.

Canberra’s season of sneezing comes to an end … for the time being

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The Riot Act
Dec. 15, 2020

Canberra’s record season of sneezing is coming to end, with one of our leading environmental scientists declaring the run of high pollen days is over … for now.

Canberra air quality monitors won't track pollen counts

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The Canberra Times
Nov. 22, 2020

The ACT government is considering ways to improve air quality monitoring across the city in the wake of last summer's record-breaking smoke haze, but there are no specific plans to include pollen monitoring.

Canberra faces increased grass fire risk, power outages and allergic reactions this summer thanks to La Niña

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ABC Online
Nov. 19, 2020

The wet spring season might have eased the threat of serious bushfires over coming weeks for Canberra, but La Niña is throwing up different challenges for the Territory.

With climate change likely to make Canberra's pollen season worse, expert calls for better monitoring

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The Canberra Times
Nov. 16, 2020

With global warming likely to make Canberra's pollen season worse, an expanded network of monitoring stations would help authorities make better public health warnings for people with hay fever and asthma.

Record grass pollen in Canberra to blame for hay fever, thunderstorm asthma warnings

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ABC Online
Nov. 13, 2020
  • Canberra is recording high levels of pollen, which has led to thunderstorm asthma warnings
  • Pharmacists have reported a rush on strong allergy medicine this spring
  • A thunderstorm asthma warning is current for the ACT region

Ryegrass is public enemy number one as pollen levels hit new high

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The Riot Act
Nov. 12, 2020

After bushfires, smoke, hail storms and a pandemic comes ryegrass, elevating pollen counts to levels not seen in a decade, bringing runny noses, watery eyes, asthma outbreaks and that tickle on the roof of your mouth that won’t go away.

The Canberra suburbs where hay fever hits hardest

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The Canberra Times
Sept. 13, 2020

It's hardly a surprise the bush capital is also the hay fever capital, but a new research project has uncovered just where the allergy-inducing plants are spread throughout the city.

Itchy eyes? Sneezing? Welcome to hayfever season (and it’s going to get worse)

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The RiotAct
Sept. 6, 2020

Spring has sprung and on the very first day of the new season the ACT was hit with an extreme pollen count, giving hayfever sufferers the sniffles, watery eyes and a taste of what’s in store for the next few months.

Hotter and drier than average summer forecast for Canberra

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Canberra Times
Nov. 29, 2019

Often there's a slight rise in grass pollen in mid to late summer but because of the dry year we've had, grass pollen is below average from what we've seen in previous years