Here's what I learned yesterday.Global warming is making poison ivy worse.
Deer ticks (that cause Lyme disease) are thriving because of climate change.And the lovely, biting fire ants? They love that our planet is warming up too - they're spreading northward.
I was at a lunch with a group of fabulous bloggers (Amie Adams, Gayle Weiswasser, Diane MacEaachern), hosted by Jaime Matyas and her great team at the National Wildlife Federation and we had a fascinating, free-ranging conversation (thank you NWF!!!) and heard about a few NWF programs.
This morning, I woke up thinking about poison ivy and had to tell you about the convo.
Most of us might think of climate change as a big (global!) issue that affects the polar bears more than it effects our own, day-to-day lives. Felice Stadler, with NWF's Global Warming Solutions Program, and Diane of Big Green Purse killed off that idea.
Not only are we seeing extreme weather patterns that are messing with our plans (my daughter still talks about the record snow fall that hit Baltimore when she was on her special Grandpa-time weekend this winter), but nuisances like poison ivy, deer ticks, and fire ants are getting much worse, and get this ... there's a new mosquito coming from Asia, the Asian Tiger mosquito. They bite often, need tiny amounts of water to survive and carry more than 30 different viruses.
Not to be a wet blanket, but as a mom looking out for my family, I want to know this and thought you would too.
I just found a page on the National Wildlife Federation site that tells you how climate change is effecting your state in case you'd like to learn more about the impact in your area.(Cooper, Amie and I are on the NWF Founding Mothers Advisory Council - YAY!)