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Hay fever grass pollens have tripled in Brisbane, study shows, and it could be related to climate change

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ABC Online
Aug. 26, 2021
  • Researchers say the significant grass pollen increase affected public health
  • But they couldn't say climate change directly increased pollen levels
  • Experts want more research into the impact of climate change on allergies

Asthma sufferers in Canberra impacted by Covid restrictions

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The Canberra Times
Aug. 19, 2021

The ANU's Professor Simon Haberle who leads a team which tracks daily pollen levels says the high count is "a clear sign allergy sufferers can expect a congested season ahead".

"This is perhaps an indication of another bumper year for airborne pollen in and around the ACT," Professor Haberle said.

"A combination of the warming weather, a wet winter with high soil moisture and windy days are all signs that are pointing to another record pollen season."

Clear signs of another bumper pollen season in Canberra

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Mirage
Aug. 19, 2021

Extreme levels of pollen from cypress pine trees in the Canberra region this week are a clear sign allergy sufferers can expect a congested season ahead, according to a leading pollen expert from The Australian National University (ANU).

The perils of pollen: Another bad hay fever season ahead, ANU expert says

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Canberra Weekly
Aug. 19, 2021

Canberra allergy sufferers should prepare for a bad hay fever season. Last year’s was the worst on record, and this spring is shaping up to be just as severe, ANU pollen expert Simon Haberle predicts.

“The early measurements of tree pollen we’re recording at the moment are really very high – and that tends to happen when there’s going to be a high pollen season,” said Professor Haberle, director of the ANU School of Culture, History and Language.

Canberra's heyfever sufferers set to face pollen increase in spring due to wet winter

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The Canberra Times
Aug. 19, 2021

Canberrans are set for a congested spring with an onslaught of extreme pollen anticipated to lash the region in the coming weeks.

Leading pollen expert Simon Haberle from the Australian National University said allergy sufferers in the ACT would be hit hard from a heightened level of pollens plaguing the area.

Signs point to another record pollen season

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Canberra City News
Aug. 18, 2021

EXTREME levels of pollen from cypress pine trees in the Canberra region this week are a clear sign allergy sufferers can expect a congested season ahead, according to a leading pollen expert from ANU.

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.