May 30, 2006
The insidious menace of Global Warming simply never stops growing. Now, if we don't bake, drown or get blown away in a super-hurricane, we might itch to death from contact with mutant poison ivy.
CO2 is a "greenhouse gas" that not only heats up the planet, but also makes poison ivy grow bigger and more potent. That's dangerous.
Compared to poison ivy grown in usual atmospheric conditions, those exposed to the extra-high carbon dioxide grew about three times larger - and produced more allergenic form of urushiol, scientists from Duke and Harvard University reported.
I don't know what "usual atmospheric conditions" are, but this story scared the shit out of me. I think it was supposed to.
It's just too bad that increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere don't have the same effect on food crops, trees and flowers. That might be considered GOOD NEWS by some ignorant people, and we damn sure don't want THAT idea spreading.
It might present an... Inconvenient Truth.
I can believe it, because poison ivy always has the HUGEST leaves (bigger than the human hand) and tallest vines on roadside trees and telephone poles...maybe theres just something about carbon dioxide that poison ivy LIKES.
That having been said, I have some wicked poison ivy stories...
My son (in 4th grade) walked barefoot thru poison ivy (of course unknown to me) and he developed a brutal case of it on the bottom of his feet and between his toes......
School was still in session (this was mid JUNE) and so he had to wear socks and shoes....(while nursing this awful, weepy, rash)
Lo and behold he developed a brutal infection (so bad and so smelly that we ended up in the emergency room one night, with him taking antibitoics via an IV)
The ER docs took a culture and found out he had both staph and strep (on the feet and in between the toes)
He was sent home with instructions to report to his pediatrician in the morning.....(and of course with a 14 day supply of antibitoics)
The pediatrician (the next morning) lectured me as to how THIS is how many cases of flesh eating bacteria start.....
(and there went the MOTHER OF THE YEAR AWARD, right out the window)
I'm becoming more and more convinced that Michael Crichton was right--environmentalism is the new religion for secular individuals, with global warming the new Jesus Christ. Just about every study is emphasizing doomsday scenarios designed to appeal to people's emotions rather than their reason or logic. These scientists and advocates are becoming no better than the nuts you see walking around downtown with cheeseboards saying the end is near.
Ah but it does affect other plants as well. If they said it was only poison ivy they lied again. But then it's all a lie anyway.
"Its itchy, sometimes blistering rash is one of the most widely reported ailments to poison-control centers, with more than 350,000 reported cases a year."
I really question if all those calls are being made about PI. But then in the us that is only 0.001166666666667% or the population. Course could be a global based number eh? In which case this is the percentage of effected folks, 0.000058333333333%.
"Compared to poison ivy grown in usual atmospheric conditions, those exposed to the extra-high carbon dioxide grew about three times larger -"
Define "Extra-High" please.
Me thinks it's the researchers that were "Extra-High"!! :)