Shut your windows, grab some tissues, and get on your goggles. A tsunami of pollen has descended on the southeastern US.
On Monday, photographer Jeremy Gilchrist captured some unbelievable images of what he dubbed the #Pollenpocalypse in Durham, North Carolina.
The city testified pollen grades to be “very high” as the yellow-bellied powder coated cars, stifled the floor, and strayed through the breeze, creating a yellowish hell for anyone with allergies.
To take the photos, Gilchrist employed a monotone, which allowed him to achieve a better judgment of the vistum before him. He told CNN that this is the only way gently edited the photos before sharing them on social media, adjusting the differ to match what would be seen by the naked see from the soil. Dry, breezy conditions facilitated the pollen to accumulate in the environment before the information was washed away by heavy rain.
According to Pollen.com’s National Allergy Map, several states in the south and southeast are currently being affected by high-pitched pollen degrees, from Arizona to Arkansas to New York. According to the place, today’s worst municipalities for hay fever sufferers are Huntington( WV ), Louisville( KY ), Memphis( TN ), Lexington( KY ), and Huntsville( AL ).
So why is it so bad this year? Well, like many problems we face today, a key culprit is climate change. For the past few years, the tide of pollen that accompanies the onset of springtime has been rising. A warming world-wide thanks to human-induced climate change is both bringing forward and expanding the pollen season and helping plants to liberate even more pollen than normal.
And, regrettably, it’s exclusively set to get worse. Like the years before it, 2019 has the potential to be the worst time ever for pollen allergies, justification an unwelcome upsurge in the itchy seeings and leading snouts that come with them.
“It’s became the representation of health the adverse effects of climate change, ” Jeffrey Domain, administrator of the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Center in Alaska, recently told Vox.
The yellow-bellied fog descending on America is just another remember that it is important to stick to the goals of the Paris Agreement and keep global warming to a minimum. For the fifth of the world’s population that suffers from hay fever, the future’s searching fairly itchy.
You can check out more of Gilchrist’s surreal photos of #Pollmaggedon below.