Global warming inspired a pair of follow-up features on NBC as well. John Larson surveyed the variety of clean energy initiatives undertaken in California, such as biofueled school buses, energy-efficient televisions and solar paneled roofs. Local climatic conditions--agricultural drought, increased risk of forest fires, a water shortage from light snowfall--have brought the potential pitfalls of climate change home to Californians. Opinion polls show that many now worry about global warming even more than about street crime.
The local climate in Georgia was blamed for a hayfever season that is earlier and more aggravating than ever. CBS' Mark Strassmann complained about those itchy and scratchy pollens last week. Now NBC's Martin Savidge chimes in with the inevitable exclamation: "That is something to sneeze at!" This spring's plants have been stimulated by a wet fall, a mild winter, and a dry, suddenly hot spring. If the planet keeps getting hotter we could be wheezing all year round. An environmental activist warned that carbon dioxide "is stimulating plants to make more pollen. The weeds love this stuff."
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